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.

In Iran only 12% of women are employed, and 52% of those employed have unofficial jobs, marking the highest unemployment rate since 2005.

In the political arena, women hold less than a fifth of positions. It is noteworthy to state, only women who hold the interests of the Supreme Leader higher than women’s rights and justice, can enter the political realm.

Mullah Mohammad Zarean, head of the Department of ‘Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice’, announced there will be guidance teams stationed in 20 different locations throughout the city of Isfahan during the holiday season.

Mullah Mohsen Shabestari, Khamenei’s representative in East Azerbaijan Province, tried to manipulate a ceremony marking the decease of Fatemeh Zahra, the most renowned female figure in Islam and daughter of the Prophet Mohamed, by describing her as a reactionary symbol of the misogynist regime ruling Iran by summarizing her traits and character as someone who abided to the hijab, a wife who attended to her husband and a mother.

British-Iranian national, Ghoncheh Ghavami, who was arrested along with other women on 20 June 2014 for entering Azadi stadium during the men’s volleyball match between Iran and Italy, was released from prison on a 1 billion rial bail. Tehran prosecutor’s office has announced that the case of Ghoncheh Ghavami has been closed with a 1 billion Rial fine.

Despite the pressures and discrimination enforced on journalists and women in Iran under the mullahs’ rule, in recent years the number of female journalist and editorial teams in newspapers has increased. Today half of the journalist and editorial team of newspapers are formed by women.

Based on statistics from the Ministry of Culture and Guidance, in March 2010, women comprised 44% of all journalists in Iran, while in 1992 the numbers were merely 13%.

Families of political prisoners welcomed Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, outside prisons where their loved ones are detained. This image shows the family of Atena Faraghdani outside Evin Prison. Faraghdani is a child’s rights activist and has been in prison for the past 6 months.

Elham Ferdowsi, a college student in Economy, had spent the last two years in Gharchak Varamin Prison (southeast Tehran).  

She says, “Without any investigation on charges against me, they put me in Gharchak Varamin prison. I was in the quarantine section for three days. Only one day after being taken to hall 3.

A young woman in was attacked violently and arrested by State Security Forces in Tehran’s Farahzahd Street  for having improper head cover. The attack took place last week. The video footage taken by a passenger, shows how the woman was chased and violently attacked by male security forces. There is no information on the whereabouts of this young woman.

Tehran security police filed a complaint against Mahdieh Mohammadkhani for preparing and posting footages of herself while singing solo.

The “Mah No” music group, inspired by Mohammad Khani, performed traditional Iranian music some time ago in Tunisia. This set the stage for Mohammad Khani to sing solo songs.

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.