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.

A group of graduates and teachers in Iran protested flagrant discrimination between men and women regarding Education Ministry exams. These tests will be held on September 18 when 3,703 individuals will be allowed to participate. However, 3,073 will be allocated to men and only 630 places will be given to women.

Nearly 200 kindergarten teachers rallied Sunday night, 9 August, and continued their sit-in outside the Iranian regime's so-called parliament in Tehran until Monday morning. Some were even seen having their children with them and continued their protests well into Monday against Rouhani's Education Ministry and its regulations on employing teachers.

Spokesman of the Joint Culture and Judiciary Commission in Iran's so-called parliament said a bill has been ratified by this body specifying a 1 million rial fine (around $30) for vehicles carrying women with improper veiling.

Narges Mohammadi, women's rights activist, remains in prison and is being deprived of medical care. Reports indicate efforts made to provide medication for her by her family have been futile.

Female college students in Iran's Economy University rallied on 9 August protesting the campus' dire conditions. Over 100 students demanded the education commission to get to work and resolve their problems before the start of the new school year.

An informed source reported vermin and various insects have been seen at the women's ward of Urumieh prison.

Urumieh prison officials' neglecting to hygiene standards and any cleansing measures in this prison on one hand, and restrictions imposed on prisoners not allowing them to go to the prison clinic, have all raised various problems for the women's ward in this prison.

Shahindokht Molavardi, Rouhani's vice president in women and family affairs said the number of single mothers is on the rise in Iran.

"Currently 12% of all families are run by single mothers, and 7% have no parents at all. Furthermore, 82% of single mothers are unemployed and 16% are less than 40 years of age," she said.

The meeting of the joint culture and judicial committee of the parliament discussed two articles of a plan on women's veiling.
According to the remarks made by the committee's spokesman, mullah Nasrollah Pejmanfar, to Tasnim news agency, article 1 of the plan proposes a fine of 100,000 toumans for those drivers who do not observe the veil while driving in their cars.

A group of female rights activists wrote a letter to mullah Sadeq Larijani, head of the Iranian judiciary, demanding release of Nargess Mohammadi from jail because of risky lung conditions and muscular paralysis worsened in prison.

Only 630 of the 5,000 persons who pass the Education Ministry's employment test will be women.
In Tehran, only six women will be employed among the 190 new employees. According to the state-run Fars news agency, of the 594 teachers in Tehran's elementary schools, there are only 157 women.