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.

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Women’s rights are human rights. December 10 is the Human Rights Day and marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which stipulates the rights all human beings are entitled to. In Iran ruled by a theocratic regime, however, Iranian women are deprived of virtually all these rights. This has been attested to by the most authoritative bodies whose mandate is to protect human rights.

Disabled women disregarded under inhumane policies in Iran

Overlooking women’s rights is institutionalized under the clerical regime in Iran. Likewise, disabled women in Iran face additional indifference when it comes to administrative promotion of their rights and well-being.

attacking young woman for flouting the compulsory veil

The most common form of violence against women in Iran is the state-sponsored measures to impose the compulsory veil.

Dozens of video clips were posted on the social media over the past year, revealing the savagery of the so-called guidance patrols in dealing with Iranian women on the streets and parks.

A report published in summer by the research center of the mullahs’ parliament (Majlis) indicated that some 70% of Iranian women do not believe in the compulsory dress-code, namely the head-to-toe black veil or Chador, imposed by the regime. They are among the “improperly veiled” and protest the compulsory veil.

Women

Women joined extensively in the second round of nationwide strikes and sit-ins of teachers and educators held on November 13 and 14, 2018, in schools in over 40 cities in Iran. Women also got arrested in the wave of crackdown on teachers in the aftermath of the second round of their protests.

Following the call from the Coordinating Council of Iranian Educators’ Guild Organization, Iranian teachers refused to attend classes and held sit-ins inside their schools.

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.