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.

Makarem Shirazi, a senior mullah of Qom claimed if hijab becomes a matter of choice it would not be correct and with hijab being destroyed the entire Islamic rule will be destroyed. “Currently, the Islamic society is heading towards improper veiling and this trend must be corrected,” he claimed.

Poverty amongst Iranian women has reached a point that state officials are admitting to this phenomenon. According to state-run Asr-e Iran daily, the head of a relief committee warned of poverty increasingly becoming a major issue for women. Parviz Fattah said out of 1.7 million families, 1 million people – in need of basic necessities – are single mothers.

The Akryl Tob factory in northern Iran has been closed down and all its 100 female workers are now left unemployed.

The Iran Census Center in a report published in the fall of 2014 wrote that in one year alone over 553,000 women were pushed out of the economic cycle.

Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has staged a sit-in outside the Iranian Bar Association for more than six months, demanding the right to work freely after she was banned from practicing for five years last October.

The mother of Negar Haeri, a young jurist arrested for the third time on 18 May, has said that ever since her daughter was detained she has had no information about her and does not know why her daughter was arrested.

Gohar Eshghi, the mother of blogger Sattar Beheshti who was murdered by prison officials under interrogation, has been hospitalized due to stress and pressures imposed on her following the arrest of journalist and human rights activist Ms. Narges Mohammadi.

A member of Khamenei’s inner circle in Iran openly threatened to send repressive Hezbollah forces to crackdown on women.

Reza Qolami, secretary of Cultural Council of Khamenei’s office said “hijab” is necessary for a “safe society”, and Hezbollah forces will enter the scene if the police don’t take action against improper veiling.

A group of teachers in Alborz Province (northern Iran) staged a rally on 21 May, raising posters and placards demanding the release of jailed teacher Rasoul Baddaghi, and the release of other imprisoned colleagues who were arrested for protesting their violated rights.

Shahindokht Mulla-Verdi, a deputy in Rouhani’s cabinet said, “Currently 82% of single mothers are unemployed.”

Mullavardi said only 3% of women are active in management and political fields.

Mohammad Yazdi, head of the Iranian regime’s Assembly of Experts has said police must confront the issue of improper veiling and added the struggle against “improper veiling” must start from government apparatuses. One cannot actually do anything about the problem of hijab by writing articles, books and other texts.