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.

Articles

A year after the earthquake, deplorable plight of women and children

One year after November 12, 2017, when the year’s deadliest earthquake of 7.3 magnitude hit vast parts of Kermanshah Province in western Iran, residents of the afflicted areas continue to live in disastrous conditions, suffering from various psychological problems.  

The earthquake damaged 10 cities and 1,930 villages, and destroyed more than 100,000 housing units, leaving at least 620 dead and 9,338 people wounded. The cities of Qasr-e Shirin, Sarpol-e Zahab and Salas-e Babajani were hit worst.

Koolbar women and the hardships they are struggling with in Iran

Koolbar is a term used by locals in the Kurdish region of Iran to refer to porters and people who carry goods across the border to earn their living. Koolbars are mostly at work in the Iranian provinces of West Azerbaijan, Kurdistan, Kermanshah, and Sistan and Baluchestan. Due to rampant unemployment in the country, they have found no options but to carry and bring in heavy loads of foreign goods in return for trivial wages.

Working as a koolbar is not a choice, but an obligation which is a byproduct of discrimination and oppression under the rule of the mullahs’ regime; it is a consequence of 40 years of destructive policies.

Maryam Rajavi

Twenty-nine years ago, the Iranian Resistance experienced a major overhaul in thinking and practice by investing all its assets on the leadership of women. On October 18, 1989, Massoud Rajavi, the sitting Secretary General of the PMOI, passed on his mandate to Maryam Rajavi who had already shared the post as joint-leader since 1985.

In appointing her, Massoud Rajavi said, she had proven to be “uniquely qualified” to take on the leadership of the main Iranian opposition movement with 120,000 martyrs and 20 years of struggle against two dictatorships.

feminization of poverty

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17 offers an opportunity to glance over the magnitude and feminization of poverty in Iran.

Iran is a country sitting on a sea of ​​oil. Iran holds the world’s second largest natural gas reserves. Its natural resources are abundant, and the country has access to open sea in the north and south. Yet more than 80 percent of the nation lives below the poverty line, and the middle class has essentially disappeared.

Girl children in Iran

Girl children in Iran are the most innocent victims of the mullahs’ medieval regime. The unfortunate death at school of a 7-year-old Kurdish girl on the eve of the International Day of the Girl Child offers a grim example of the deplorable conditions of girl children in Iran.

The state-run media in Iran reported on October 8, 2018, of the death of a young Kurdish girl, Donya Veisi, at her school in Sanandaj after the wall crumbled on her. 

death penalty

October 10, marks the World Day against the Death Penalty. The death penalty violates the most fundamental human rights, the right to life and the right to freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.

The death penalty is also considered discriminatory as it is often used against the most vulnerable in society, including the poor, ethnic and religious minorities, and people with mental disabilities. It is also used by some governments to silence their opponents.

Iran_teachers_women_poverty_line

October 5 marks the World Teachers’ Day to honor the services of teachers whose efforts bear the greatest impact on the spirit and thoughts of future generations. In Iran, the situation is just the opposite. Teachers live under the poverty line and they do not receive any form of support.

Women make up more than half of the teachers’ population in Iran. They live on salaries which are way below the poverty line and at the same time face numerous social and legal discriminations because of their gender. Despite tremendous work pressure, they do not receive a fair salary.

Illiteracy rampant and growing among Iran’s women and girls

Over 50 per cent of university graduates in Iran are young women. Ironically, more than 60 per cent of the country’s 9.5 million illiterates are also women. On the International Literacy Day, September 8, the situation of illiteracy among Iranian women and girls merits attention.

In memory of the leading women of Ashraf slain on September 1, 2013

The struggle by the Iranian opposition movement is being led by selfless women who have sacrificed everything in their own lives to bring freedom and democracy to their people in Iran. Over the years, these leading women have become indispensable to the Iranian opposition in its struggle for regime change and democracy. So, at every crucial juncture, women are seen playing their crucial role in the movement.

Sex slavery

The state-run media in Iran have for the first time revealed sexual abuse of women and use of sex slavery in the Iranian tourism industry.

These media reports have tried to portray the business as illegal and play down the role and involvement of the clerical regime’s officials.