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.

General director of the city’s Welfare, social services and cooperation Organization told the state-run IRNA news agency Monday that more than 20,000 people sleep on the streets and in cardboard boxes. Of this number 10 per cent are women.

Seyed Hassan Hifdah-tan, Rouhani’s deputy labor minister referred to the dire conditions of women’s participation in Iran’s economy and said, “Currently, the numbers on women’s participation in the country’s economy is around 15% and their unemployment rates are three times that of men.”

Security authorities are increasing their pressures to crackdown and arrest women and youth in Iran. The commander of West Tehran Security Forces said police will take serious action on mixed parties and weddings.

Habibollah Massoudi Farid, deputy of Social-Health Affairs in Iran said, “15,000 to 16,000 homeless people are sleeping in the streets in Tehran, of which 5 to 10% are women.”

A group of women protesting the death sentence issued for political prisoner Mohammad Ali Taheri rallied outside Tehran’s prosecutor’s office on Sunday morning, August 16.

Shahindokht Mollaverdi, presidential deputy in women and family affairs admitted despite the fact that women comprise half of the workers and employees of the Education Ministry, only one per cent of managers in this ministry are women.

Nurses of Tehran’s Kasra Hospital staged a gathering Monday, August 16, protesting government policies regarding their rights.

A group of human rights activists and families of political prisoners and martyrs, held a gathering in Tehran’s Vanak Square on August 17. They demanded freedom of political prisoners including Narges Mohammadi .

Pre-school teachers’ sit-in outside the mullahs’ parliament is on its fourth day. Participants are from Tehran, Ray, Shahriar, Islamshahr and Robat-Karim. They demand that the Education Ministry cancels its employment exam and give priority to teachers who have five or more years of experience in the job.

Director General of Hamedan Province’s Welfare Organization revealed that 49 per cent of households headed by women are poor. Akbar Souri also announced that the number of female head of households has increased 60 per cent in recent years.