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.

The second session of court hearings for Arash Sadeghi and Golrokh Ibrahimi was held on Tuesday, July 21 while Ibrahimi was not present due to being hospitalized after undergoing surgery.

More than 150 female medical students of Tehran held a protest in front of the Ministry of Health. Protesting students held a demonstration to protest against the regime's discriminatory legislation. According to a recent legislation, the quota for internship for girls is eight years, while it is only two years for boys.

Jamejamonline, a state-run website reported the 'Kamkar' music group did not receive a permit to perform a concert in Iran. This report reads in part:
"During the past few days Reza Yazdani was scheduled to perform a concert in Abadan (southwest Iran).

It has been some time since the arrest of civil and human rights activist Narges Mohammadi. Her arrest has raised numerous condemnations from various human rights organizations across the globe. The Denmark Pen Association and Nobel laureates have demanded her release.

50 young men and women were arrested around the city of Dezful in southwestern Iran on charges of attending a night party.
These individuals, 50 in numbers consisted of 26 men and 24 women, reports indicate, and their ages ranges from 20 to 25.

Ali and Kiana, the 8-year old twin children of activist Narges Mohammadi, left Iran on July 17th while their mother remains behind bars. They have gone to live with their father in France.

More than 9 months have passed since the detention of Nahid Gorji in Mashhad. There is no information about the charges raised against her, the status of her case or the exact location where she is being held.

Mandatory clothing and crackdown on women has reached a point that members of Iran's so-called parliament are officially defending it against young girls. Recently, Abolhassan Mahdavi, a representative from Isfahan said, "I believe education officials must make chadors mandatory for elementary school girls because school children learn from their early days in the society."

A group of women's rights activist met with the family of Narges Mohammadi, emphasizing the rights of imprisoned women must be respected. Prison authorities are stressing on preventing the transfer of Mohammadi to a hospital for special medical treatment.

Khamenei and Rouhani have personally intervened and ordered further pressures on women's clothing and freedoms. In this regard, Montazer al-Mahdi, deputy of social affairs in the State Security Forces reported that the special plan on imposing hijab and virtue regulations will be reviewed.