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.

In a meeting on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, Maryam Kian Erssi, lawyer, revealed, "According to the surveys done by the Ministry of Interior in 2004, some 66 per cent of Iranian women are battered at least once during their marriage. At the same time 56 per cent of battered children are girls, 44 per cent of whom have been abused by their fathers."

Political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian is having serious problems because of winter. She is suffering from pterygium which has not been treated due to restrictions created by prison officials.

Parvaneh Hossein Panahi, elder sister of human rights activist Amjad Hossein Panahi, was arrested at home by plainclothes agents of the Department of Intelligence in Dehgolan (Iranian Kurdistan Province) on January 30, 2017.

Massoumeh Nemati, mother of imprisoned civil rights activist Atena Daemi, in a video message declared support for Shahnaz Akmali who has been recently arrested and imprisoned in Evin.

The temporary arrest warrant for Tahereh Riyahi was extended by the Iranian judiciary on January 29, 2017. Ms. Riyahi, a journalist, was arrested on December 26, 2016, on the charge of disseminating anti-government propaganda and having contacts with dissident networks.

The lawyer representing prisoner of conscience Massoumeh Zia was not allowed to study her files when he referred to the Prosecutor's Office for Culture and Media on January 28, 2017.

Najima Thay Thay, Morocco's former Minister of Education and Youth and a prominent advocate of women's rights, condemned the Iranian regime's interventions in countries in the region and said the victory of the Iranian Resistance will guarantee a peaceful and flourishing future in the region.

Political prisoner Maryam Olangi is detained in Evin Prison since July 24, 2016.

Her husband, former political prisoner Mohsen Dokmechi, lost his life on March 27, 2011, due to cancer and because he was deprived in prison of his much needed treatment. He was a renowned Bazaar merchant who was arrested for aiding the families of political prisoners.

Haleh Gholami was arrested on January 27, 2017, for participating in the formation of a charity fund to help street children and child laborers.

Tehran's Prosecutor refused to release Ms. Shahnaz Akmali on bail bond.

Anti-death penalty and human rights activist, Shahnaz Akmali was arrested by plainclothes agents on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. She called home on January 26, and informed them that a 100-million-touman bail had been issued for her.