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.

Unemployment and non-participation in the social environment is increasing each year for women in Iran. In this regard, the director of a women's employment association linked to the Iranian regime has reported shocking numbers.

Political prisoner Narges Mohammadi was taken to hospital late at night on Saturday, 1 August after she was suffering from serious muscle paralysis for eight hours. However, despite that hospital physicians insisted she must remain under supervision of a specialist, judicial authorities had her returned to prison two hours before her weekly meeting.

The so-called public prosecutor of Ardebil (northwest Iran) reported of a plan being implemented to further repress women. According to this plan there will be measures carried out in public, on the streets and before the eyes of others to confront "improper veiling" as the regime puts it.

Taghi Rahmani, the husband of political prisoner Narges Mohammadi, criticizes the treatment by Tehran's Public Prosecutor and Evin Prison officials with his wife who is currently suffering from lung embolism and muscle paralysis.

Iran is witnessing a significant increase in the number of girls under the age of 10 becoming child brides as such numbers have doubled in the past year.

More than 40 percent of young women in 20 of Iran's 31 provinces are unemployed, according to the latest official estimates, with that unemployment rate reaching a staggering 70 percent in some Iranian provinces.

Following a protest rally held by the Society of Physicians in the cities of Shiraz, Ardebil, Yasuj and Nour Abad Mamseni, physicians and nurses, along with other medical staff members in Karaj, Kermanshah, Maku, Yazd and Kazeroon staged similar rallies.

Currently there are many women behind bars because of their Baha'i beliefs. They are deprived of their basic human rights and are constantly harassed or insulted by security agents. The names of some of these victims are provided in this short report:

On Wednesday morning a woman was hanged in Ghezel Hesar Prison. She was identified as Paridokht Molaie-far, 43, mother of 1 child. She was charged with narcotics. On Tuesday, July 28th the regime transferred Paridokht Molaie-far and Rahime Rahimi, over 50 years of age to solitary confinement in Ghezel Hessar Prison for their execution.

Members of the Iranian regime's so-called parliament come up with new proposals each day to increase the crackdown on and segregation of women. In the most recent report, a senior official by the name of Rahmandoust praised the Interior Ministry's repressive plan on enforcing hijab regulations and said they have called on the government to establish at least one gender segregated college!