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.

Zeinab Jalalian said her weekly family visits had been discontinued by the security section of Khoy Prison, in northwest Iran, and her health continues to deteriorate.  This Kurdish political prisoner who is serving the 10th year of her prison sentence, in a brief interview said, "Some time ago, I wrote and spoke out against increasing drug abuse inside the ward.

Security forces in Tehran have arrested a Christian couple after summoning them to the Intelligence Department. The Christians are accused of participating in a funeral in Behesht-e Zahra, in which they carried out Christian rituals. The incarcerated Christian couple have been identified as Mehrdad Houshmand and Sarah Nemati.

The secretary of the Scientific Association of Psychiatrists, Arash Mirabzadeh, announced that some 13.5% of the Iranian population suffer from depression."Twenty-three percent of the population, aged 15-64, suffer from some kind of a psychiatric disorder...

The order of 80 lashes was carried out in Iran on Tuesday afternoon, September 19, 2017, for Leila Bayat.  Leila Bayat had sought refuge in Norway but had been deported and sent back to Iran in March 2017.

She had been arrested in 2007 along with three of her friends in a private party and sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking alcoholic beverages.

Melika Kavandi and Zahra Shafii Dehaghani have gone on dry hunger strike since September 19, 2017.

The two women had been arrested 23 days before outside the Evin Prison when they were protesting the death sentence issued for the prisoner of conscience Mohammad Ali Taheri.

The Iranian Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for a woman from Shiraz.

The woman charged with murder of her husband, told her interrogators, "We had disagreements with my husband since a long time ago. I attempted several times to get a divorce, but he would not agree.”

In a meeting on the presence of women in sports stadiums, Mehdi Taj, the head of the Soccer Federation, said, “As I have previously said, the structures of our stadiums are not suitable for admission of women. In addition, this issue is not a priority for women and society at the present time.” (The state-run Mehr News Agency – September 19, 2017) 

An Iranian nurse was fired from her job due to efforts to gain the rights of nurses in the hospital where she worked. Parvin Heydari, a nurse who used to work at the Nabavi Hospital of Dezful in Khuzistan Province, said she had been expelled from her job for having pursued the implementation of the law on improvement of productivity.

One of the highest scholars in Iran vehemently opposed women’s admission to sports stadiums. In a meeting on Sunday, September 17, 2017, with Rouhani’s advisor for citizens’ rights, Shahindokht Molaverdi, mullah Alavi Gorgani, expressed his fierce opposition to women’s admission to sports stadiums.

A number of young women of Bahaii faith have been deprived of admission to university in various Iran cities despite passing the university entrance exam. The excuse cited by officials has been “deficient records”, an excuse used by the Evaluation Organization (Sanjesh) to prevent Baha'iis from entering higher education.