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 Public Prosecutor of Mazandaran, northern Iran, announced that the Judiciary would be harsh on those women who do not cover their hair in their cars.

“If any woman is detected without the veil in a car, her car will be impounded and she will be turned in to the Judiciary,” said Public Prosecutor Assadollah Jaafari.

“Despite the fact that some people consider cars as a private area, I do not believe in this and any kind of dropping the veil inside a car will be legally dealt with,” he added.

In the latest example of summer crackdown on women in Iran, a photo has been published on the internet, showing the Moral Security Patrols enter the Noor beach in Mazandaran, northern Iran. They prevented women and girls from enjoying their leisure time on the beach.

"The bill on combating violence against women (in Iran) has been drafted from a merely sexual perspective."

Making this comment on August 24, 2017, legal deputy to the Judiciary, Zabihollah Khoda'ian, expressed his opposition to the adoption of the VAW bill. He justified his view by the fact that 70 out of 100 articles of the bill are “criminalizing”, "setting prison sentences for even the slightest tensions between couples."

Amnesty International issued an urgent action statement, expressing concern about the situation of Zeynab Jalalian, political prisoner in Khoy Prison, in northwestern Iran.

In its statement on August 25, 2017, Amnesty International wrote, “Iranian Kurdish woman Zeynab Jalalian, serving a life sentence, is severely ill and requires specialized medical care outside prison. However, the authorities have persistently refused to transfer her to a hospital, apparently to punish her and extract forced ‘confessions’. In protest, she has been refusing all medications since March 2017. The denial of access to medical care in these circumstances amounts to torture.”

Girl students volunteering to train as dental assistant held a protest outside the Ministry of Health Saturday morning, August 26, 2017.

They objected to the introduction of national books on dentistry as the source used for designing the Dental Assistant Exam.

Women nurses in Boushehr, southern Iran, launched a rally on Thursday, August 24, 2017, in protest to non-payment of their wages past due for eight months.

Nurses last staged their nationwide protest on August 6, 2017, including in Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Ahwaz and Bandar Abbas.

“The hunger strike of political prisoners (in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj, Iran) is not for prisoners alone. For more than three weeks, families have been somehow involved in this strike. In a way, all of us accompany them in this strike,” said Maryam Massouri, sister of political prisoner Saeed Massouri, in a recent interview.

Sara Rostami, 28 from Sanandaj, was arrested Monday night, August 21, 2017, by Iran’s security forces in Baneh. She was beaten at the time of arrest.

The arrest was made without a court warrant and no information has been made available on her place of detention.

She is allegedly charged with collaborating with Kurdish parties.

In its latest report on August 23, 2017, about the absence of freedom of expression in Iran, the Reporters Without Borders noted the case of Aliyeh Motallebzadeh and wrote, “A Tehran revolutionary court meanwhile sentenced photojournalist and women’s rights activist Alieh Motalebzadeh to three years in prison on 12 August on a charge of ‘activity against national security.’

The Ministry of Education in Iran has issued a humiliating directive on the terms and conditions for employment of teachers. The directive contains a long list of chronic and persistent diseases including dental, renal, and women’s gynecological problems, which disqualify teachers who apply for employment.  (The state-run Fars news agency, August 23, 2017)