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.

Friday, December 29, 2017, courageous women and men in various cities across Iran took to the streets for the second consecutive day to protest skyrocketing prices of basic staples.

One of the major centers of protest was in the western Iranian city of Kermanshah where in addition to high prices and unemployment, people have recently suffered a devastating earthquake.

The State Security forces attacked a private party in Varamin, in eastern Tehran Province, and arrested 35 young women and men.
Police commander of the Eastern Tehran province, Abdol-Reza Nazeri, announced this and claimed that the arrested women and men were dancing and drinking alcohol together. (The state-run Urgent News website – December 29, 2017)

A mother and her young daughter were both sentenced to death on the charge of murder.

The mother faces execution after six years of imprisonment. Her young daughter was exempted from death, as she was only 16 at the time of the alleged crime. However, she has to pay a blood money which she does not afford.

Over 10,000 Iranian men and women, young and old, demonstrated in Mashhad on Thursday morning, December 28, 2017, chanting “death to the dictator”, “death to Rouhani” in protest to unbridled, daily hike in the cost of basic necessities of life.

Eyewitnesses reported that women played a prominent role and showed unprecedented courage in opening the way for others and confronting security forces.

A young woman boldly protested the compulsory veil in crowded downtown Tehran by taking off her shawl and waving it in the air on a stick. Simultaneously, she spoke about freedom and women’s right to choose their own clothing. A number of youths present in the scene gave her support.

The Information Center of Tehran’s State Security Force issued a statement, denying previous remarks by Tehran’s Police Chief claiming that "the police will no longer arrest those who do not observe the Islamic hijab."  

The nurses and staff of Khomeini Hospital in Ilam, western Iran, went on strike on December 27, 2017, in protest to non-payment of their benefits. They gathered in the hospital’s courtyard and refused to go to work.

With chants of “death to the dictator” and “death to Rouhani”, thousands of Iranians staged an extensive demonstration against unbridled high prices on Thursday morning, December 28, 2017, in Mashhadm capital of Khorassan Razavi Province.

Similar demonstrations also took place in Kashmar and Neyshabur, also in this northeastern Iranian province.

Women continue their active engagement in social protests in Iran.
Girl and boy students of the Rehabilitation School of Isfahan’s Medical Sciences University gathered on their campus on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, to protest against the bad logistical conditions at the university and their career prospects.

A woman street vendor, Mrs. Majideh Mazra’eh, was arrested during an attack by state security forces and municipality agents on vendors in Ahwaz, southwestern Iran.