Now that it has cooled down, here is my idiosyncratic interpretation.
There is a non-trivial distinction between "women/human/individual rights" as concepts and as practices.
Example: Reading a couple of books on sports, a typical person would "intellectually agree" on the concepts such as (1) relaxation is important for balance and performance in physical activities, (2) using muscles of hip and abdomen area results in huge improvement in performance in physical activities.
However, to be able to "practice" such ideas effectively, a person needs years and decades of practice!
Therefore, even if everyone in Iran agrees on the concepts such as "women equal rights", it does not make much of a difference until it becomes a practice in daily lives of the majority of people. Social practices only change over generations, whether we like it or not. Parents have to train themselves to understand and implement, at least partially, individual rights, including women rights, so that their children grow up in such an environment, and then themselves, push the movement one step further.
In my mind, even though government can facilitate/hinder the process, it is NOT the main factor in this process. Let us quit blaming others (foreign countries, government, religious conservatives, men, ....) and start improving ourselves. Self-improvement in practice is much more difficult than writing pretty slogans on our weblogs, but it is the only meaningful road to a better future!
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