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.

Mehdi Mohammadi, Narges Mohammadi's brother demanded that urgent medical care be provided for his sister. Narges Mohammadi is suffering from various nerve or lung illnesses. But prison authorities are opposing her transfer to a hospital.

In hilarious remarks made at the Friday prayer, Isfahan's Friday prayer leader mullah Yousef Tabatabaii-Nejad, said, "Some of the Iranian society's problems are caused by the government's not giving priority to men in employment."

The culture and prevention deputy at the General Department of Welfare in the western province of Ilam announced, "The average rate of divorce in the first three years of married life is 63% in Ilam which is higher than the national rate of 48%."

In evaluating the report of the presidential Directorate on Women and Family Affairs, a sociologist said, “Of the 90 items in the report on the Conduct of the Directorate on Women’s Affairs, virtually 41 items have not been realized which comprise 46 per cent of all the programs.”

"In the past two years, our statistics indicate that we have had marriages of girls under 10 years of age," said Shahindokht Molaverdi, presidential deputy on Women and Family Affairs. She said most of these marriages take place because of poverty and in borderline provinces.

Fatemeh Nasseri, a beggar, died in detention after being arrested in Birjand, during the state security force mobilization to collect beggars across the city in southern Khorassan Province (northeastern Iran).

Dr. Laila Alizadeh said, "An estimated 20 to 40 per cent of our women are depressed and they are treated with medicine, while they need to receive psychotherapy."

Upon ratification of the law supporting those promoting virtue and forbidding evil, the recruitment and organization of groups of 10 to promote virtue and prohibit evil has begun to carry out verbal warnings (or street interrogations).

Ms. Ava Amini Yazdli, 18, was deprived of continuing her education. Ms. Yazdli was looking up her university entrance exam result when she received a message reading "deficient case".

CRNI's 2015 Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning is being given to Iranian artist-activist, Atena Farghadani. Ms. Farghadani was jailed in Tehran in August of 2014 after publishing a cartoon in protest of proposed legislation that would restrict birth control and women's rights in Iran.