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 group of nurse aides staged a gathering in front of the Department of Justice in Kermanshah, western Iran, to protest the Health Ministry’s breach on its pledges.

One of the women participating in this protest explained, “The Ministry of Health offered a year-long course for training nurse aides in 2015. They promised to employ those who graduate from this course. One year after receiving our licenses, however, they have been announced as invalid and they say we are not nurse aides, but assistant nurse aides. We urge officials of the Justice Department to attend to this case.”

A young woman was sentenced to death by the misogynist Iranian regime. She is identified as Kimia and is charged with adultery.

The woman’s husband had placed surveillance cameras in the house without her knowledge and subsequently complained about the presence of unknown men in the house. Misogynist judges issued death sentence against the woman. (The state-run ROKNA news agency – December 19, 2017)

Kurdish civil activist woman, Kobra Khalandi, was sentenced to 85 days in prison for taking part in protests against the arbitrary killing of porters in Iran’s Kurdish border areas.

Ms. Khalandi must report in to the Court of Mahabad in coming days to begin serving her prison term. Mahabad is located in the West Azerbaijan Province in northwestern Iran.

A member of the Cultural Committee of the mullahs’ parliament revealed that the new year’s budget had cut down on women’s credits in various arenas.

Parvaneh Salahshouri said, “We had two major cases in the Sixth Development Plan. Empowering women heads of household was a very important plan but its credit was lowered from 20 billion toumans ($5.6 million) to 15 billion ($4.2 million). Instead of lowering poverty, credit allocations have been planned in a way to increase poverty.”

One thousand and 485 girls under 14 years of age were wedded over the past year only in the northwestern Iranian province of Zanjan, 47 of whom have already got divorced.

Mahrokh Bolouri, director of women and family affairs in the province of Zanjan, made the above admission and added that during the first six months of the current year (March to August 2017), 19% of the registered marriages have ended up in divorce. (The state-run IRNA news agency – December 16, 2017)

Two young women committed suicide on Sunday, December 17, 2017 and died.

Roghieh Saeedi, a young Kurdish woman activist from Javanrud, committed suicide on Friday, December 15, and died after two days in hospital.

Roghieh Saeedi was an expert social worker and a graduate of Tehran’s Kharazmi University with a 2-year-old child. She had been helping victims of Kermanshah’s earthquake since the very beginning. She was beside them all the time and said to have been affected adversely by the scale of misery and disaster.

A number of women and men were arrested for participating in a mixed-gender hairdressing course in northwest Tehran, and practicing on wigs and human models.

The Moral Security Police Chief, Zolfaghar Barfar, announced this and said they had identified the place after receiving reports that a mixed-gender hairdressing course was being held by a foreign male instructor. (The state-run ILNA news agency – December 18, 2017)

“There is a significant difference and gap between girl and boy students” in Iranian schools.

Admitting that “women have always faced injustice” in Iran, Minister of Education Mohammad Bat’haii added, “In some mixed-gender schools or girls’ schools with male teachers, school girls are deprived of physical education. In deprived regions, girls play in a corner during the physical education hour.”

Hundreds of women and men plundered by state-backed credit institutes gathered December 17, 2017, outside the Judiciary’s building in Tehran upon a previous call.

Protesters, consisting of people plundered by Caspian, Alborz-e Iranian and Afzal-e Tous institutions, demanded prosecution of the Central Bank’s President, Valiollah Saif.

Hiwa Yazdan Mehdi Abadi has been finally transferred to the Central Prison of Yazd in central Iran, after 20 days of detention in the quarantine cells.

She was able to use the phone for the first time after being arrested some 20 days ago by security forces. Her legal status, however, remains undecided.

Ms. Mehdi Abadi, a Bahaii from Yazd, was arrested for teaching music to children.