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.

Women in History

1912 – Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake, British physician, educator and feminist, founder of medical schools for women

1812 – Melchora Aquino, Filipino activist, “Grand Woman of the Revolution”

1914 – Noor Inayat Khan, Russian-English SOE agent, sent from Britain into France to aid the French Resistance during WWII. She died in Dachau concentration camp.

2012 Rita Levi-Montalcini, Italian neurologist and member of the Italian Senate, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1986 and the National Medal of Science in 1987.

1934- Forugh Farrokhzad one of Iran's most influential female poets of the 20th century.

December 28, 1894 (1988) - Burnita Matthews, suffragist, the first woman to serve as a Federal district judge

Her activities on behalf of women's rights began in law school.

December 26, 1981 – Execution of Mojahed mother, Massoumeh Shademani (Mother Kabiri), champion of resistance under torture

1884 – Maria Cadilla de Martinez, Puerto Rican writer, educator and women’s rights activist, one of the first women from Puerto Rico to earn a doctorate.

1915 – Édith Piaf, French singer-songwriter and actress