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.

In brief telephone call with her family, Shahnaz Akmali informed them that she is detained in Ward 209 of Evin Prison. She also said that a 100-million-touman bail has been issued for her.

Ms. Akmali lost her son, Mostafa Karim Beigi in the uprising of 2009.

Ms. Sholeh Pakravan, human rights and anti-death penalty activist, published a post on January 27, 2017, in which she protested the arrest of Ms. Akmali. She wrote:

"Shahnaz is a very kind woman who tried to heal the pain of bereaved families… There are many families who can attest that she spent a large portion of her hardly-earned income on their food and other needs in the absence of their breadwinners, so that they would not go hungry… I urge everyone who cares about this land to try every possible means to help Shahnaz return home."

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