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.

The director of the Office of Research and Education in the Anti-Drug Department reported the age of drug use amongst most addicted women (37.06%) has reached below 15 to 20 years of age in Iran. "Glass", opium and heroin are respectively the narcotics mostly used amongst women in Iran.

"Women's presence in the parliament is about 3 per cent and only one per cent in the decision-making and power structures, a situation that is embarrassing for the government," said the presidential deputy on Women and Family Affairs.

"Twenty-two percent of government employees and 14 per cent of those who work in the private sector are women," said deputy minister on Labor, Cooperation and Social Welfare.

"Many problems and corruptions of women are rooted in their unemployment and their employment could be realized by expansion of house jobs," Monir Amadi, a civil activist on women's affairs said.

The number of homeless women sleeping on the streets has increased dramatically in Iran. This social problem has spread to such an extent that it is being openly reported in state media.

On 5 September, the Iranian regime's so-called supreme leader Khamenei appointed members to a new institution called "The Supreme Cyberspace Council" formed to increase Internet censoring and crackdown.

Iran's vice president in women and family affairs talked about the child brides given off under legal age and said that in the past two years we have received concerning statistics regarding this phenomenon. We have even witnessed the marriage of girls under the age of 10.

"Percentage of job-creating women in Iran is very small," announced Vahideh Negin, advisor to the Minister of Cooperation, Labor and Social Welfare.
Negin said, "Women's participation is not just having the right to vote,

"Based on the emphases of the supreme leader and the chief justice, countering cultural abnormalities must have priority on the Prosecutor's Office's agenda," announced Heydar Fattahi, the General and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Pardis.

"The number of women contracting AIDS has increased since two years ago and any country that has more women suffering from AIDS is more endangered in this regard because the future generation is also exposed to this disease," said the head of the Health Ministry's Center for Management of Contagious Diseases.