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.

Ali Bagherzadeh, deputy Minister of Education and head of the mullahs’ Literacy Campaign Organization said, “Women comprise two thirds of country’s illiterate population”.
“30% of women in the country are illiterate, while most of them from the age of 30 above become mothers,” he added.

Qarchak Varamin Prison is actually a deserted henhouse consisting of 10 warehouses turned into a women’s detention center after 2011.

The number of prisoners in warehouse number 4 is around 270 individuals, while there are only 90 beds in this location and the prison cannot bear a larger capacity. There is no room for prisoners to sit and eat a meal.

In two villages a few kilometers from Mashhad (northeast), it is becoming a norm to wed girls at the young ages of 12 or 13. In some cases, beautiful girls are engaged at the age of even 10. A ring determines their fate with boys 6 or even 12 years older. Girls in this village become pregnant at the age of 14 and 15, yet there are even some who become mothers at the age of 10.

On the eve of the International Women’s Day, FIFA President Sepp Blatter criticized the Iranian regime’s policy on not allowing women into sports stadiums, adding that Rouhani was expected to lift this ban.

Iran had a "deeply troubling" number of executions last year. The report from the office of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the U.N. Human Rights Council cataloged U.N. concerns about rights violations in Iran against women, religious minorities, journalists and activists. …Two-thirds of women reportedly suffer domestic violence, the report said. Girls are forced to marry young, with about 48,450 between the age of 10 and 14 married in 2011, and at least 1,537 under 10 were married in 2012, the report said.

Yousef Tabataba’i Nezhad, the mulllahs’ Friday prayer leader in Isfahan said, “The necessary negotiations have taken place to impose gender segregation in universities. University deans of Isfahan Province have announced that they are ready to implement this plan and the professors’ needs have been provided for.”

Alireza Tahouni, Friday prayer leader in the town of Tiran, emphasized on even more crackdown and violence against women in families.

“Women with improper veiling and special makeup are roaming in the society and the men of the family must show some dignity and prevent such immoral behavior,” he said.

In a so-called ‘moral’ class, depicting the filthy viewpoint of the mullahs’ regime on women, Mullah Zia Abadi said, “We know these remarks are considered reactionary by a group of ‘intellectuals’! However, women’s main responsibility is to care for their husbands and nurture children. This is the woman that can deliver strong human beings to the society through continued sacrifice and selflessness.

During a demonstration in Ahvaz (south) on 17 February against the government’s corrupt environmental policies that has resulted in sever sandstorms,police and Basij forces surrounded protesters. They tried to create a climate of fear to end the gathering by threatening to arrest everyone. However, brave Ahvazi women rallied between the repressive forces and the protesters, preventing security forces from attacking the demonstrators.

Atena Faraghdani, a young activist on hunger strike for the past 11 days protesting her detention in Qarchak Varamin Prison, has told her family that she will not end her hunger strike and if her request of being transferred to Evin Prison is not met, they will have to come and get her corpse very soon.