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.

Violent approach of agents of Tehran’s municipality led to an old peddler woman’s heart attack.

Tehran Municipality agents roughed up a defenseless woman peddling on the street on Friday, September 1, 2017. The woman subsequently suffered a heart stroke.

Unemployment and bankrupt economic conditions have left millions of people under the poverty line and forcing them into peddling to earn their living.

Fatemeh Zolghadr member of the women's faction in the Iranian parliament, said, “The bill entitled Provision of Security for Women Against Violence must be comprehensive and complete, so that it would cover all forms of violence against women. There is currently no legal definition in the bill for some forms of violence, and there is no punishment for them, either.” (The state-run ICANA news agency – August 30, 2017)

Three of the women working in a brick kiln in East Azerbaijan Province, in northwest Iran, were seriously burned in a gas explosion on August 29, 2017.

Vahid Shadinia, the public relations officer of the East Azerbaijan’s Emergency Center, said, “The explosion occurred in the room where workers lived and as a result, 30-50% of the injured workers have been burned.”

Four activist women calling for repeal of the death sentence issued for Iranian prisoner of conscience Mohammad Ali Taheri were arrested on August 28, 2017 in front of Tehran’s Evin Prison.

The four women identified as Zahra Shafii, Melika Kavandi, Zahra Ebrahimi, and Raha Davoudian were on the second day of their sit-in outside Evin. The women used to be students of Mohammad Ali Taheri.

A large number of women who have lost their deposits due to cheating and fraud by Arman's credit institution, launched a protest rally on August 29, 2017. They demanded reimbursement.

Girls under 15 and young women between 15 and 19 years of age face higher risk of death during delivery, respectively five and two folds greater than those women who deliver after 20,” said Fereshteh Sarbazi, a member of the Association of Gynecologists and Obstetricians.

A number of women gathered outside Tehran’s Revolutionary Court in protest to the death sentence handed down to prisoner of conscience Mohammad-Ali Taheri, founder of Cosmic Mysticism (Erfan-e Halgheh) who had completed his five-year sentence. Officials refused to release him and now the court has issued him a death sentence.

Ms. Zahra Eghdami, the 60-year-old mother of political prisoner Jafar Eghdami, a political prisoner who is presently on hunger strike in Gohardasht Prison in Iran, said that her son was in unsuitable condition when she last visited him and that he could barely stand on his feet.

“No one gives us any answer,” she said.

Ms. Ashraf Rahimkhani, 54, has been sentenced to one year in prison.

Ms. Rahimkhani was a political prisoner in the 80s for supporting the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran. She is presently charged for running a library called the Mother’s Library.

Iranian civil rights activist Elham Rasouli Baghi was sentenced to one year of imprisonment by Tehran’s Revolutionary Court.

Ms. Rasouli Baghi had been arrested on May 12, 2016, in a gathering outside the Dena Tire Company building in Tehran in protest to the corrupt bureaucracy in Iran. She was interrogated by agents of the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Sarallah Garrison.