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The Camouflage

Zohreh Saberi | Iran

Organization: IRAN PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS FEDERATION (I.P.A.F)

Fahimeh, 36 years old, sees outside through the window. She married when she was sixteen without any knowledge of married life. She dropped out of school. Her husband has cheated her several times. Due to his alcoholism, being despised by him and his aggressiveness, she was forced to divorce. She had a five-year old daughter and decided to divorce. In the legal process, she could not get her custody. During 8 years, she attempted to change court vote and finally was able to do so. Her hope is to live with her daughter peacefully. At the time being, her challenge is to have a good relationship with her child, due to long years of being separated from each other. She suffers of her daughter loneliness and do her best to make the child to be accustomed to new conditions.

Divorced women are alone under pressure of life. They could not be employed in high position and most of the time, they will be fired after divorce. They are obliged to have secret relations or informal marriage. Now, of 4 marriages, one would be ended with divorce and there is no proper approach to prevent of this problem, or establishing healthy and protective centers for divorced women.

Iranian society gives too much priority to the necessity of marriage and forming family. Religious messages about hastening the marriage, producing TV films with focus on marriage, prosperity and traditional culture of society, encourage families to prepare the marriages of youths. Most of the times, girls are getting married with low ages, without satisfaction.

It should be remembered to the extent that the youth marriage is encouraged, there is no pre-marriage education as well as appropriate situation for mutual familiarity before marriage. The spread of unemployment, addiction, class differences, low incomes, expensiveness and inflation appear as the effective factors of on dissatisfaction of life, especially among women of middle class. In most of families divorce is not acceptable. Also society shows disagreement to this issue. Therefore, material and spiritual costs of divorce is very huge to women. Traditional culture, mentalities and false notions of people which have been formed in unconsciousness, create such obstacles for women who has divorced that only with a lot of difficulties, they can return to common life. In most cases, they distance from society, living in isolation, experiencing mental problems, lying about their conditions, driving into prostitution, decrease of life satisfaction, problems of children tutorship and homesickness.

Divorced women are alone under pressure of life. They could not be employed in high position and most of the time, they will be fired after divorce. They are obliged to have secret relations or informal marriage. Now, of 4 marriages, one would be ended with divorce and there is no proper approach to prevent of this problem, or establishing healthy and protective centers for divorced women.

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