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.

On September 9, two young female doctors were arrested in a mixed-gender party in Sanandaj (Northeast).
The officials annulled the medical licenses and graduation certificates of the women for not obeying regime’s gender segregation rules. These two women protested the act and described such treatment as unacceptable.

On 12 September, two girls and two boys scuffled with agents who inquired about their relationships. The agent began body searching the youth and throwing out their belongings. The youth protested to this act.

Iran’s state-run Tasnim News wrote, “One, out of every 7-8 women in Iran are at high risk of breast cancer due to pollution and unhealthy food. The age of breast cancer patients in Iran is 10 years younger than global standards”. This is while breast cancer is being controlled by preventive measures and changes in lifestyle in many countries.

Women in Iranshahr, rallied outside the regime’s judiciary on Thursday, August 14, 2014 demanding the cancellation of the inhumane verdict to kill a woman (Zohreh Baranzehi) by stoning. According to reports received from inside Iran two hideous stoning rulings have been already carried out in Iranshahr in the past month alone.

Mehdi Bagheri, a banking expert said: “Mothers don’t have the permission to open short-term or long-term bank accounts for their children. The opening of an account must be at the presence of the father. This is a legal issue and comes from Articles 1180 and 1181 of the Civil Code. All banks, especially government banks, must abide by it.”

Jafar Shojouni, officially stressed on the repression of women under the pretext of hijab and said: “We are the Islamic republic and therefore our streets must not be a place for those who wear hijab and use makeup. They purposely do this to lower security in the society.

Consequences of child marriages, include physical and psychological damages, unwanted social results of unsuccessful marriages, families falling apart, increasing number of divorces, illiteracy and even problems such as drug addiction and prostitution.  

Firuzeh Mohajer, writer and a Professor at Tehran University said: “…it is best to hear the opinion of the young girls’ families because they most definitely love their children more than us. One must see that such girls are from what type of families.”

In separate statements, Iranian MP Ali Mottahari, Iran judiciary chief Sadegh Larijani, and Sedighi, one of the Tehran prayer leaders, praised   Tehran mayor Ghalibaf for gender segregation regulations in the capital’s Municipality offices.

Motahhari wrote: “This was a very good measure and a necessity under the sacred religion of Islam, and it should have been carried out many years ago. There is a consensus amongst the scholars that separation of the working areas of men and women is more preferable  … I hope His Excellency is not effected by the heavy attacks staged against this plan and will remain firm”.

Ten women who work in the media are currently behind bars in the Islamic Republic

The arrest on 22 July of two journalists and a photographer, including the Tehran correspondent of the Washington Post and his Iranian wife, brings to 65 the number of news providers behind bars in Iran.

According to prisoners, prison hygiene and services in Kerman Central Prison’s women’s ward is extremely awful and no official is taking any measures to solve this matter. Over 380 women detained in this ward are in dire conditions.