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 gathering of retired women teachers on August 22, 2017, was reflected in Iran’s state-run media.

The official IRNA news agency wrote a gathering by retirees was held to protest (the government’s) failure to implement the parliament's bill on the normalization of salaries.

Women and children's rights activist, Farzaneh Jalali, has been repeatedly summoned to the Intelligence Department of Kermanshah, western Iran, to be interrogated.

Ms. Jalali's lawyer, Mostafa Ahmadian said, “The verbal summoning of his client has been illegal and the interrogations have made her upset.”

Ahmadian asserted, “Unfortunately, my client has cooperated (so far), but I have asked her to ignore such calls until she receives written summon or emails based on legal standards.”

According to a video clip from Iran published on the internet, a young woman was violently arrested in Tehran’s Haghani Metro Station for not covering her hair.

The clip shows two female agents of the so-called Guidance Patrol pushing a young woman in the street and forcing her into their van.

The young woman is crying out and demanding them to let her go.

The head of the Clothing Union, Abolghassem Shirazi, declared that they would be dealing with shops selling see-through jackets or manteaux without buttons that are open at front.  

According to the state-run Tasnim news agency, the manufacturers and suppliers of “unconventional” clothing for women will be dealt with the help of the State Security Force.

In the four months since March this year, 255 women have filed complaints against their husbands’ abuse with the forensics offices in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, southwestern Iran.

In the same period last year, this number was 237, indicating a 12.23 per cent increase in the number of battered women filing complaints in this province. (The state-run Bam-e Dena website – August 21, 2017)

Retired women teachers staged a protest rally outside the Iranian parliament building in Tehran Tuesday morning, August 22, 2017.

The women participating in this protest said, “Our main demands are increasing the retirement pensions, implementing the law to uniform all salaries, and improving insurance services.” (The state-run ILNA news agency – Aug 22, 2017)

The Commander of the State Security Force in Shahroud, north central Iran, stressed that the SSF will deal with women dropping their veils in their cars. “The number of cars impounded last month amounts to 16.”

Mojtaba Ashrafi said the SSF was tasked with giving verbal warnings to improperly veiled women on the streets and in their cars.

The enclosed video clip, published on the internet, shows harassment of women in public places in Iran. In this short clip, you can see the tragic scene of the guidance patrol agents dealing with two young women walking in a park. You can see the female agents of the Guidance Patrol trying to forcefully push one of the girls inside the partol’s van, and you can see her resisting with all her might.

Atena Daemi, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee and Maryam Akbari Monfared, detained in the women's ward of Evin Prison, published an open letter on August 19, 2017, calling on conscientious people to speak out against the difficult conditions of political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison who are on the 20th day of their hunger strike in protest to the extremely repressive conditions in that prison.

In a letter to her young son on August 16, 2017, Azita Rafizadeh explained to him about the difficult conditions of imprisonment of political prisoners in Gohardasht, including his father, Payman Koushak Baghi.

Azita Rafizadeh, who is imprisoned in the women’s ward of Evin Prison, wrote in a part: