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.

Heroines in Chain

A chocolate box containing the message of emancipation

It was the end of spring of 1987 and we have just settled in a ward at Gohardash Prison (in city of Karaj, west of Tehran).

We were restless; Camp Ashraf and the all-women units had been founded. This was our point of hope and we wanted to get its news at any cost.

Zahra Falahati

Zahra Falahati was raised in a family in Isfahan, so she had an Isfahani accent.

Her family was very traditional; a girl should not leave home and should not study.

Her father didn’t let her go to school but with the help of her mother and without the father noticing it, she studied.

Zahra Bijanyar was 24 years old and two months pregnant when she was arrested and sentenced to 10 years for her support of the PMOI.

Bijanyar lost her baby three months after her arrest due to the severity of her torture.

Once in 1985, when I was under interrogation in Evin Prison, I was sitting blindfolded across from the room where the Ministry of Intelligence agents tortured the prisoners.[1]

In the evening of one of the days in mid-September 1981, a number of new prisoners were being brought to our ward, as was the everyday routine. Among them was a young woman, with crimson red suit and pink shirt. She was fair with blue eyes and looked like a miniature… She was really beautiful.

Facebook post by: Atena Farghadani, cartoonist and former political prisoner

 Because I had published a video clip in which I had spoken about being beaten up by prison guards, after being sent to exile to the (women’s) Qarchak Prison (in Varamin), I was returned to the solitary cells of the IRGC’s Ward 2A (in Evin Prison). I had to spent three harsh months, there.

Facebook post by: Atena Farghadani, cartoonist and former political prisoner

When I was transferred from solitary confinement to the women’s ward in Evin, through the efforts of my family I was allowed to take with me painting tools like paint, paint brush and colored pencils.

Victim of the 1988 massacre in Ahwaz


Zeinab and Parvin Bagheri, along with Nadereh Rezaii, Nahid Kaikavousi, Zahra Mirzaei, Monireh Moradi, Zahra Afri, Sakineh Delfi, Sakineh Ghaderi, and Fatemeh Hajian were sent before the firing squads in 1988 in Ahwaz, capital of the oil-rich Province of Khuzistan, in southwestern Iran.

Tahsili family’s picture is right in front of me.  The pictures of each of the four members of the family are in tiny frames on the necklace of their mother, Zinat Bakhsh.  Fahimeh, Hossein, Nahid, and Hamid. 

I got to know Effat ever since I was transferred to Ghezel-hessar Detention Centre on July 8, 1982. 

You could tell from her attitude and behaviour that she was a university student.