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.

Female inmates in the Gharchak Prison in Varamin are deprived of basic facilities and are under the constant harassment of prison guards. Many of the ordinary prisoners say that they are being sexually abused in prison. The prison’s hygienic conditions are horrible.

The cell of Negar Haeri, a political prisoner was brutally raided by male prison guards. Gharchak Prison in Varamin is a women’s prison, yet male guards raided the prisoner. While searching the cell, they confiscated her notes and carried out a humiliating body search on her. They also threatened Ms. Haeri that if she passes the news to the media she will be placed under more pressure.

There isn’t an exact figure on the number of child workers and street children in Iran. Based on this research, some sources have stated that there are some 2.5 million working children, 32% of which are molested and raped. More than two thirds of the children in this research were suffering from depression.

On September 9, the Iranian regime's court condemned Reihaneh Teravati to one year prison; Sasan Suleimani, Neda Motamani, Afshin Sohrabi, Bardia Moradi, Raha Shamkhi and other members of this group to six months prison and 91 lashes. The young happy dancers from Tehran published their video clip with American singer Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ on YouTube. All group members were arrested on May 20, 2014 and released one day later.

Nora Sabet, 18, was banned from entering university despite gaining the required grades to enter medical school. She wrote: “I am Nora Sabet and like my friends, I was banned from entering university because of my Baha’i faith. It is now the 35th year that we have to endure the bias...

Khalil Helali, Tehran’s police chief said, “Women can work in the kitchen of traditional restaurants but employing women in the public areas of these coffee shops are prohibited….In general, employing women in coffee shops is banned. Women can request permits for coffee shops but must name men as their caretakers in these public places because the law bans women from entering or working in coffee shops “.

[Iran: arresting women for hijab] On Tuesday, August 12th, a number of girls in Tehran were leaving a sports club when they were harassed and insulted by two Bassij members, ordering them to cover their foreheads! The girls resisted the orders and started to argue with the Basij forces. One of the girls even took off her headscarf and demanded the Bassij agents to get out of their way. When the agents attempted to arrest the girls, people at the scene rushed to their support and began beating the Bassij members, forcing them to flee the scene.

Movie producer Ali Akbar said, “We intended to make a movie about Parvin Etesami’s life, but were faced with opposition from the cultural officials. They said Parvin was a great poet but had not respected hijab codes and said since the issue with Parvin Etesami’s hijab cannot be resolved, there will be no movie about her life.”

Stressing marriages at ages below 18, Mohsen Gharaati, in a speech on September 13, 2014 said: “I disagree with any delay in the marriage of youth and disagree with marriages during the University. I agree with marriages carried out during high school years. A degree doesn’t prevent the marriage between boys and girls."

Massoud Jazayeri, deputy armed forces’ chief of staff on implementing the mullah-fabricated law of virtue and hijab said, “The police acts based on their duty regarding the issue of improper hijab. Any negligence on the repulsive phenomenon of act that is against public virtue and Islamic hijab in public areas, organizations and apparatuses, government and non-government branches, is a grave crime.”