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.

According to state-run Mehr, 5.7 million of the educated youth practically play no role in the country’s productivity.

Statistics show 65.6% of women with higher education (3.4 million) were unemployed from March 2013 to March 2014.

Ali Mottahari, a member of the Iranian regime’s parliament’s Culture Commission said, “Sharia regulations must be abided in considering granting women permission to enter sports stadiums. For example, if the presence of ladies is allowed for a certain game, it is necessary for measures to be taken, such as separating the entrance of men and women, and also separating their seats in the stadiums.”

Security forces in Tehran prevented ceremonies commemorating Somayeh Mehri, a victim of acid attacks who passed away on 14 April, from being held. In a show of respect, a number of women’s activists intended to place flowers and light candles outside the hospital where she died. However, they were faced with interference by security forces who dispersed the crowd.

In an interview with the state-run ISNA news agency on 18 April, Majid Abhari, a member of the Beheshti Medical College Board of Science stated that the age of divorced women in Iran has now reached 16.

The misogynist regime ruling Iran continues to intimidate and force Iran’s defying women into the corners of their households.  This is in continuation of the policy of crackdown on women and the Iranian government’s attempts to eliminate women from social activities.

Movahedi Kermani, Tehran’s Friday prayer imam, said in his speech on April 17th; “Take into consideration that uprooting the culture of blasphemy, polytheism, discord and sins is possible, and we can uproot improper hijab, which is not to be considered an ordinary crime but intertwined with national security,” he said.

“The mal-veiled may not realize it but they are insulting the Islamic Republic, because the country’s security relies on Islam. Thus, we must do something to resolve the problem of mal-veiling.”

Hassan Rouhani, Babol’s Friday prayer leader (northern Iran) admitted to the regime’s failure in their crackdown on women. Pointing to the issue of women entering sporting stadiums he stated, “As if women have no problems and the only thing left is for them to go to sports stadiums like men! It is very unfortunate that despite three decades of protesting, hijab and virtue are decreasing in our society, the country’s officials have neglected in this area.”

Hassan Amoli, the Friday prayer leader and Khamenei’s representative in Ardebil Province, stated that the pride of a woman is her role as a mother. Based on this mentality he protested children being placed in daycare centers and kindergartens, allowing women’s presence in society.

“We will suffer from the consequences of this in our society,” he added.

Meisam Nabai, in charge of Khamenei’s office in Kiyar corps, repeated these same remarks by stating, “The most important duty of a woman is to be a housewife, and to raise a very solid and strong generation to stand against arrogance, and for them to have knowledge and be committed.”

Teachers across the country had vowed to raise their voice if their rightful demands were not met. Following a wave of widespread protests in February and March, teachers staged numerous demonstrations in Tehran and 60 other cities in recent days.

Somayeh Mehri, victim of an acid attack, died on April 14, 2015 in Tehran, after being hospitalized and enduring severe illnesses as a result of severe wounds in her lungs.  

3 female prisoners, Akram Mahdavi, 46, Fereshteh Abdulmaleki 36, and Zohre Lavastati 36, are faced with imminent danger of execution after serving years in the notorious Gharchak Varamin prison.

In an interview with the state-run Fars News Agency, while insulting the demands of your Iranian women, Zohreh Tayebzadeh Nouri, an MP of the Iranian regime stated, “Going to sports stadiums is not even the hundredth issue in priority for Iranian women.

On 10 April, Ali Jannati, the regime’s minister of culture and guidance emphasized that women cannot sing solo. During a news conference, when asked if issues raised by religious figures of the regime regarding female singers has been solved, in efforts to prove his reactionary viewpoints, Jannati, who has been targeted for women singing recently in Iran, stated, “There were no problems to begin with, it is clear that women are not permitted to sing solo.”