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.

More than 9 months have passed since the detention of Nahid Gorji in Mashhad. There is no information about the charges raised against her, the status of her case or the exact location where she is being held.

Mandatory clothing and crackdown on women has reached a point that members of Iran's so-called parliament are officially defending it against young girls. Recently, Abolhassan Mahdavi, a representative from Isfahan said, "I believe education officials must make chadors mandatory for elementary school girls because school children learn from their early days in the society."

A group of women's rights activist met with the family of Narges Mohammadi, emphasizing the rights of imprisoned women must be respected. Prison authorities are stressing on preventing the transfer of Mohammadi to a hospital for special medical treatment.

Khamenei and Rouhani have personally intervened and ordered further pressures on women's clothing and freedoms. In this regard, Montazer al-Mahdi, deputy of social affairs in the State Security Forces reported that the special plan on imposing hijab and virtue regulations will be reviewed.

Cultural, civil and women advocates, along with a number of locals in Bukan, northwestern Iran, held a protest rally on Thursday, July 16, protesting acid attacks against women.

Unemployment amongst women in Iran has reached a point that even official Iranian regime media are talking about it. The state-run Asr-e Iran wrote in this regard, "Results from statistics on the country's workforce shows while unemployment amongst women in Iran has reached 19.2% in 2013, the rate of men taking part in the job market was 63%, showing an increase in the number of men entering the job market in comparison to women.

Ms. Bisma al-Jabouri, an Iraqi woman imprisoned in Iran, went unconscious in the evening of Thursday, July 16. She was in dire physical conditions and after her cellmates began protesting she was finally transferred from the Gharchak women's prison in Varamin (SE Tehran) to a hospital in the Iranian hospital. Ever since she has been transferred to the hospital there have been no new reports on her conditions.

Neda Mostaghimi, a supporter of 'Laleh Park Mothers' and a political prisoner, is currently under dire conditions in the women's ward of Evin Prison. She is currently suffering from intense asthma and other breathing difficulties.

The catastrophe known as homeless women sleeping in the streets has expanded to such an extent that state officials in Iran are even admitting to it. In this regard, Reza Jahangiri-Far, deputy of social services in Tehran Municipality said, "3% of the 15% of identified homeless people sleeping in the streets are pregnant women."

On July 15 over 200 nurses in Shiraz went on strike. They were seen chanting and demanding justice.
On July 14 a group of nurses and medical staff of in Rajaie Shahr Hospital in the city of Tankabon staged a rally and protested poor living conditions and injustice.