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.

A 50-year-old woman committed suicide in the city of Dalaho in Iran’s western province of Kermanshah on Thursday, August 10, 2017.  Mother of eight children, Sourat Hosseini ended her own life by taking pills.

At least five women and girls have committed suicide and died in the past two weeks in Iran.

Sunday, August 13, 2017, the people and particularly women of Dezful, in southwestern Iran, staged a gathering in front of the Governor’s Office to protest against construction of a water channel which transfers water from the Dez River to Andimeshk.

Sara Rezaii, a children’s rights activist and a director of the "No to rape and sexual abuse of children" campaign, was arrested in Qorveh, a city in the Iranian Kurdistan Province.

She was arrested on August 10, 2017, in a raid on her residence by plain-clothes agents

and taken under interrogation.

“At least 2,000 girl children in #Iran have undergone repeated miscarriages and will soon become young widows.”

This was announced by Tayyebeh Siavoshi, a member of the mullahs’ parliament (Majlis).

“With the passage of time and problems, these girl children go through child marriages and turn into young widows. Children who are between 13 and 14 years of age become both widows and heads of household,” Siavoshi asserted.

Hossein Hashemi, Tehran’s Governor General, acknowledged that women in #Iran do not enjoy equal opportunities and equal participation in managerial posts.

He pointed out, "There is a strict look at women's appointment to the ministries,” adding, “Perhaps a woman could be introduced as a minister but the outlook on the appointment of women to the ministries is so strict that we should better not undertake the challenge.” (The state-run ISNA news agency, August 14, 2017) 

The prosecutor of Qazvin sent out a formal letter to executive agencies and government companies, threatening women over the need to observe the mandatory veil.

The letter by Sadeq Niaraki reads in part, “According to the information we have received, after office hours and occasionally during office hours, a small number of women employees wear clothing that wearing them in public is against the Sharia and hurts public chastity.

At noon on Friday, August 11, 2017, a young woman set herself on fire and died in front of a bakery in Jiroft, southern Iran.

According to one of the locals, “Poverty is the primary problem people face. There are people who cannot even buy bread for their starving families.”

On Thursday, August 10, 2017, a woman from the city of Divandareh in the Iranian Kurdistan, ended her life by hanging herself. The woman was identified as Farideh Vaisi.

Her 16-year-old son, Behnam Vaisi, had hanged himself a few months ago.

The plan to raise the age of marriage for women and girls in Iran faces opposition by a number of religious scholars.

Fatemeh Zolghadr, a member of parliament, said the above, adding, “In the current law, the minimum age for marriage of girls is 13, but there are amendments which allow exceptions for example with the permission of the father, considering child’s interests, court approval and lack of complainants.

The IRGC Commander of the Revolutionary Guards Corps in Shahroud, northeastern Iran, announced the arrest of young women and men on the charge of participating in a mixed dancing course.