04/08/2014 03:03 pm ET Updated Jun 08, 2014

Women Slighted in Iran's Annual Budget

"A curtailed dream" is the nickname given to the highly publicized amendment omitted from the Iranian new year's budget act. The amendment would have offered health insurance to homemakers without a job outside the house. It initially passed the Majles (Iranian parliament), but was entirely omitted due to multiple budgetary concerns expressed by the Guardian Council.

The amendment was proposed by women's activists, publicized by women's lobbyists and unanimously agreed upon by the government and members of the women's Majles faction. Another section of the proposal would have provided health insurance to a minimum of 200,000 households headed by women, who have never been considered for insurance and health benefits.

Originally published on Al-Monitor.