NCRI WOMEN'S COMMITTEE

Works extensively with Iranian women outside the country and maintains a permanent contact with women inside Iran. The Women’s Committee is actively involved with many women's rights organizations and NGO's and the Iranian diaspora. The committee is a major source of much of the information received from inside Iran with regards to women. Attending UN Human Rights Commission meetings and other international or regional conferences on women’s issues, and engaging in a relentless battle against the Iranian regime's misogyny are part of the activities of members and associates of the committee.

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Special to Al Arabiya English Saturday, 17 February 2018

The English Al-Arabiya news website covered the International Women’s Day conference in Paris on February 17, 2018. Following is the story published by Al-Arabiya English:

Dozens of prominent women including political personalities, lawmakers, jurists, judges, and women’s rights advocates from 23 countries in five continents, as well Iranian exiles and supporters of the Iranian Resistance participated in a conference in Paris on February 17, 2018, to honor the International Women’s Day and declared their solidarity with the women of Iran and the Iranian people’s uprising.

Women are indeed the Force for Change.

This was vividly seen in Iran throughout the past year and of course, most conspicuously during the uprising in December and January.

Although the situation in Iran is extremely oppressive for women and they have borne the brunt of repression for the past 39 years, they are not submissive contrary to the regime’s expectation.

Gender discrimination, gender segregation, and various restrictions have made Iranian women not just rebellious but also very resilient.

Look at women’s education in Iran. Low legal age of marriage and forcible marriage of

girl children, discrimination against them in education, traditional prejudice against girls’ education in the villages, poverty and many other factors make girls their primary victims, leading to tens of thousands of girls dropping out of school at young age.

At college level, young women are banned from studying in some 80 fields, and many universities have set quotas for girls’ admission. Some universities are gender segregated and teach some fields only for men. Despite all these obstacles, women have made up over 50 per cent of university admissions every year, for some 15 years.

Look at women’s sports. Women have no government or private support. Those women who wish to participate in international tournaments, have to pay for their own travel, practice, equipment, etc. But Iranian women are so motivated that they continue to be active in sports and win medals.

The mullahs’ supreme leader banned them from cycling in public, but Iranian women not only continue to cycle in the streets but they buy their own bikes and participate in Asian games.

They have no decent field to play and no spectators, photographers or reporters are allowed in their games, but Iranian women and girls are among the best football players in Asia. They are banned from entering stadiums. A few months ago, one of the top ayatollahs declared that the issue is out of question and women must not enter stadiums to watch men’s games, period. Nevertheless, young Iranian women defied the mullah, wore make up and posed as men and entered the stadiums to watch their favorite teams.

In music and arts, women have been increasingly hanging on and performing in large numbers, although they have been banned from performing in public, singing solo, and musical concerts are often cancelled due to the presence of female members in the band or orchestra.

As for the compulsory veil, they have frustrated the regime to the extent that officials confess having failed to impose the Hijab on Iranian women. For at least a decade, Iranian women have been defying vice and guidance patrols and flouting the regime’s dress-code, while accepting the price for making their statement.

The situation with women is so sensitive that the mullahs’ President, Hassan Rouhani, did not dare to include a single woman in his cabinet. Although all observers believe that the inclusion of even more women could not resolve the problems women face in Iranian society, the clerical regime is so vulnerable on the issue of women that it could not afford even a single cosmetic gesture in this regard.

And finally, despite zero participation in political leadership and decision-making, women were present everywhere during the uprising and in hundreds of protests last year, to help decide their own destiny.

A glance at the long way proudly paved by Iran’s women

The anniversary of the 1979 Revolution which toppled the Shah’s monarchic regime in Iran, is a reminder of Iranian women’s extensive role and impact in that era which is considered a leap forward in the history of the struggles of Iranian women.

February 8th marks the anniversary of a fate-making event in the history of the Iranian people's quest for freedom.

In a campaign to secure the release of those arrested in the course of the uprising in Iran, the Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi visited the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, to urge the European governments to stand with the Iranian people and help secure the release of the prisoners of the uprising.

At a press conference at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi declared the Iranian people and Resistance’s demands from Europe and the International Community in general, in the wake of the uprising which shook the Iranian regime to its foundations in the first two weeks of 2018.

Summing up the points she had already raised on the same day in three official meetings at PACE with EPP, ALDE and UEL groups, Maryam Rajavi underscored the volatile state of the Iranian society and pointed out that dozens were killed by the Revolutionary Guards and security forced in the course of the uprising. At least 8000 have been arrested. Many have been killed under torture while in detention and many young protesters are missing. “These are clear examples of crime against humanity.”

Freedom-loving writer and human rights activist, Golrokh Ibrahimi Iraee, sent out an open letter from behind bars of Evin Prison on January 9, 2018. The political prisoner imprisoned in the Women’s Ward of Evin declared solidarity with the Iranian people’s uprising and called on Iran’s youths to continue their presence (in the streets), unite for their common cause and pay the price of freedom.

Human rights and children’s rights activist, political prisoner Atena Daemi, has sent out an open letter from Evin Prison declaring her solidarity with the Iranian people’s uprising.

She reiterates in her letter, “For a long time, it’s been the government that’s been sowing violence and now they are reaping its product.”

A new wave of protests has swept across Iran since December 28, 2017, quickly spreading to over 100 cities in less than a week most radically targeting the foundations of the entire clerical establishment.

The outbreak of protests reflects widespread discontent not only over rising prices, government fraud and corruption, and the clerical regime’s costly involvement in regional conflicts but also the nation’s deep-seated fury against the mullahs’ oppressive rule.

In the ancient myths, the stereotype for a hero has always been a big, strong man. Recently, however, a story has been circulating in the internet about a frail, young girl who has been named a national hero.

Haniyeh, 13, used to live in Sarpol-e Zahab, the epicenter of the earthquake that hit Kermanshah Province in western Iran on November 12, 2017.