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.

Based on the results of the 2011 census announced by the State Statistic Organization, 12 percent of the 21,110,481 families in the country are managed by single-mothers whereas the number was 6.5 percent for the preliminary figures. This result shows a double in the 2011 number and the Head of the State Statistic Organization predicts the number will increase to 15 percent during the next three years.

The Iranian regime has executed at least 25 women in the past Persian year that ended on March 20. The true figure of execution carried out in Iran is much higher than those announced in state-run media.

The highest number of women were executed in the main prison in north western city of Orumiyah.

Source: Manchester Evening News - April 02, 2014
A student who went to visit family in Iran has been locked up for five months over comments she made to friends on Facebook, her family say.

Roya Saberi Negad Nobakht, from Stockport, was arrested as she stepped off a plane in the provincial city of Shiraz and accused of being a spy, husband Daryoush Taghipoor told the M.E.N.

During the 2013-2014 academic year, authorities in Iranian universities banned six Baha’i students from continuing their education. Two female Baha’i students were denied education at Shiraz and Qazvin universities (respectively central and northwestern Iran) in July 2013.
A second semester student of English literature at Shiraz Payame Noor University, Ayda Bandi, was banned from education in early July 2013.

More than 40 percent of those applying for the doctorate term in universities are women.
There was an upsurge in women continuing their university studies to Master’s Degree in 2009, and this advanced to the Ph.D. level in 2012.
In the beginning of the ninth government presided by Ahmadinejad in 2005, the presence of women in universities reached 60 percent.

Iran’s Census Center published the report on Iran’s work force in autumn 2013.
According to a report by Deutsche Welle, the statistics for economic participation for all individuals over 15 years of age is 40.1%. By gender criteria, this statistics is 68.1% for men and 12.3% for women.

March 23, 2014 - Ms. Rayhaneh Jabbari, a 26-year-old woman, is threatened with hanging. She was arrested on the charge of killing a man called Morteza and has spent seven years in prison. Rayhaneh is a decorator. Morteza learns of Rayhaneh’s profession when he accidentally hears her talking in a coffee shop. He subsequently asks Rayhaneh to visit his office for decoration work. Later, they make an appointment to go to Morteza’s office to see the place and evaluate the work.

Abdulreza Rahmani Fazli announced that the rate of female addicts has doubled. Pointing to new issues raised at the Vienna summit, he said: “The two issues focused on in the summit by European, South American and Central Asian countries which have been put on their agenda until 2016 to be ratified as a United Nations convention, are the elimination of execution for drug offenders and the legalization of drug use.”

NCRI –Mar. 10, 2014 - Iran banned a women’s chess team from Najaf Abad University in Isfahan from participating in the following round of competitions for what the regime calls improper veiling. This team had won the first round of competitions in the province.

The team comprising of 5 members had practiced for months and scheduled to participate in the competitions. However, after several of their pictures had been posted on the university board and magazine, the officials prevented their further participation.

A third year student majoring in agriculture at Tehran University (Abureihan campus) and editor of Today’s Talk students’ magazine,  affiliated to the university’s  Islamic Society was interrogated for the second time by the MOIS Bureau. She was also threatened to be expelled if she continues her activities. Maryam Hanifi’s parents were also summoned and threatened in person and by telephone during the recent days because of their daughter’s activities.