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.

The situation of the wives of prisoners in the southwest Iranian province of Kohgilouyeh was described as “alarming” by an official. The Director in charge of Prevention and Control of Diseases at the Department of Health in the Province of Kohkilouyeh and Boyerahmad, Zafar Parisay, said:

Fire at a girls' school in the city of Meshginshahr, northwest Iran, led to the complete destruction of the roof. The school was shut down in the wake of this incident and 300 students have remained out of school on the eve of the new academic year.

About 50 per cent of girl students do not go to high school in the border provinces of Iran. Rezvan Hakimzadeh, the Education Ministry’s deputy for elementary schools, said, “In many border provinces, high schools cover only 50 per cent of girls in high school level. This means that between 40 to 50 per cent of girl students remain out of school.”“This is shocking,” Hakimzadeh said, adding, “Possibly, the reason for some of them quitting school is early marriage.”  (The state-run ILNA news agency – September 9, 2017)

A number of protesters hacked the Azadi Stadium’s website on September 6, 2017, after Iranian women were not allowed to enter the stadium to watch the football match between the national teams of Iran and Syria the day before. This is while Syrian women had entered the stadium to watch the game.

The IRGC commander in Babolsar (northern Iran) called for tougher restrictions on women’s presence on beaches and the observation of the mandatory veil.

Moussa Hossein Nejad said, “Regrettably, I must say that the sea has no particular custodian and officials do not feel any obligation nor do they have any motivation to deal with corruption, which often appears in the form of mal-veiling and mal-dressing on the beach... Unfortunately, no one deals with opposite sexes swimming in the in prohibited areas.”

A group of Kurdish women staged a protest rally on September 7, 2017, in Baneh, in the Kurdistan of Iran.

They protested the shooting and arbitrary killing of Kurdish porters by security forces.

In the morning of September 4, 2017, the State Security forces in the border area of Baneh shot and killed two Kurdish porters who were 21 and 45 years old.

Women teachers held a protest rally in front of the Governor’s Office in Kermanshah, western Iran, on September 5, 2017, demanding to be officially employed by the Education Department.

Despite years of service and experience, the teachers have not been officially hired yet and their employment status is still undetermined.

Mehdi Taj, head of the Football Federation of Iran, reacted to the presence of women in the stadiums.

He said, "We work in the stadiums and are aware of the ongoing realities in the stadiums. Presently, we are not structurally or physically prepared to let women in.”

Imminent rupture of gallbladder is threatening the life of Atena Daemi, a political prisoner detained at Iran’s Evin Prison.

Simple renal and gallbladder problems diagnosed in April have developed into a dangerous condition due to prevention of treatment by the director of Evin’s dispensary. Presently, Ms. Daemi is in danger of a gallbladder rupture and even if she is operated on, the surgery will be accompanied by infection, physicians say.

Some 30 women, pre-school teachers, staged a gathering outside the office of the governor of Golestan Province in the city of Golestan, northern Iran, to protest the uncertainty surrounding their employment status.

The protest took place in the morning of September 4, 2017. Women protesters wanted their employment status determined and settled permanently.