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.

Famous Women

Qamar

Qamar (born Qamar Khanum Seyed Hosayn Khan in 1905 in Tehran) was the first Iranian female singer to record her songs and to appear on public stage without using hijab.  She was the first and is one of the the most famous female singers singing Iranian traditional vocals. She is known as the Queen of Persian music.

Bibi Maryam

Bibi Maryam Bakhtiari, (b. 1847, d. 1937) was a revolutionary and active member of the Iranian Constitutional Revolution of 1909. Her father was Hossein Gholi Khan and his brother was Sardar (Commander) As’ad Bakhtiari.

Bibi Maryam was a strong supporter of her brother Sardar As’ad in capturing Tehran and the triumph of the Constitutional Revolution on July 16, 1909.

Sedigheh Saminejad

The first non-silent Iranian movie, The Lor Girl, was screened in 1933 in Tehran. Sedigheh Saminejad starred in the movie, playing the role of Golnar, the Lor girl.

Sedigheh Saminejad (a.k.a. Rouhangiz) was the first Iranian actress to appear in a non-silent movie.

Parvin E'tesami

Parvin E'tesami, a famous Iranian poetess, was born on March 16, 1907 in Tabriz, and died on April 5, 1941.

Parvin E'tesami was unique in her poetry. She chose not to offer her talent and poet to the kings and powerful, nor did she choose the superficial and populist romantic and lust poetry. Instead, she chose a novel humanist style by which she expressed the pain and sufferings of ordinary people in their own simple language.

Sedigheh_Dowlatabadi_Iran_Women_NCRIs

Sedigheh Dola-Abadi was a freedom loving woman and one of the first advocates of women’s rights in Iran.

She was born to a religious family in Isfahan in 1882.

Ashraf os-Sadat Mortezaie (March 22, 1924 – October 13, 2010), known professionally as Marzieh, was a Tehran-born singer of Persian traditional music. Known as the great diva of Persian traditional song, her voice represented the 60-year sufferings of a nation, and the strength of Iranian women against stoning and misogyny of the mullahs' ruling Iran.

A study of Iran’s history reveals that women were able to break through different barriers and move forward

Benazir Bhutto was born on June 21, 1953, in Karachi in an educated family. She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistan's former prime minister. She studied at the universities of Karachi and Rawalpindi, and entered Harvard University in 1969.

For the first time 70 years ago, women received voting rights in France. Finland was also the first European country that gave this right to women in 1906.

Historical events and its perspectives: