Until some years ago many marriages in Iran were arranged between families with the help of matchmakers.What we have done is to connect these matchmakers or mediators as we call them into a network and place a databank of young people seeking to marry and who have registered on our website at their disposal.They wrote out all Mordecai’s orders to the Jews, and to the satraps, governors and nobles of the 127 provinces stretching from India to Cush. It will also be granted.”the Jews took it on themselves to establish the custom that they and their descendants and all who join them should without fail observe these two days every year, in the way prescribed and at the time appointed.

“I wanted to be independent, and for myself to be my number one priority in life.

That’s hard to do when one has a husband and kids especially with some Iranian men whose ideal wife is someone who takes care of them like their mothers.” Abbasi, 34, admits that it might have been easier if she had married when she was in her mid-twenties, “At that age both husband and wife can adapt easier, they can adjust themselves to each other but it’s a different story as you grow older.

Issues such as unemployment, economic means and housing have all contributed to this.

Here in Tebyan we are focusing on one aspect, finding an appropriate spouse,” she explains.

I do want to marry but I can’t give up my independence.

I’m too used to it and the man I marry will have to respect that.” Abbasi is not alone in demanding more equality in marriage; of the eight women working at her company, five are single and are not prepared to give up their careers for marriage.

Many young Iranians, especially women no longer consider setting up a family as their priority.

“Even when I was a kid I didn’t want to grow up to be a housewife, I wanted to get a degree, I wanted to have a career,” says Fereshteh Abbasi, a drafter who works in an oil and gas engineering company.

Online matchmaking has expanded swiftly in recent years with an estimated 350 unofficial websites active at present.