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.

In a matter of two days, three women committed suicide in Iran and lost their lives.

A 68-year-old woman set herself aflame in Kouy-e Naft District of Ahwaz and died. This was announced by Reza Rafii, public relations director of the Emergency Medical Center of Khuzistan, on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

Political prisoner Maryam Akbari Monfared declared on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, that she will to on hunger strike for three days in solidarity with the hunger striking political prisoner Golrokh Iraee. She urged international human rights organizations to take urgent action to save the life of Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee.

Kurdish activist woman, Ronak Aghaii, was taken to the Prison of Mahabad (Iranian Kurdistan) to serve her jail sentence.

Political prisoner Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee has gone into coma after some 60 days of hunger strike. She has been transferred to an unknown hospital.

A TV serial broadcast during Nowruz holidays has been widely criticized by children’s rights activists in Iran for promoting marriage of girl children.

The serial called, “Paytakht” or the capital, which is a comedy making fun of the marriage of two teenage girls, 12 or 13 years old, has created great concern among children’s rights advocates.

A group of women staged a protest on Sunday, April 1, 2018, in the streets of Shadegan (southwestern Iran) chanting in Arabic, “I give my life for Ahwaz.”

There are 1.8 million Iranian women between 10 and 49 years of age who are illiterate. Evidence indicate, however, that the actual number is much higher.

Thousands of women and men continued their protests in Khuzistan on Friday, March 30, 2018, against the state television program offending the Arab ethnic group residing in this oil-rich province in southwestern Iran. At least two women were identified among those arrested.  

Amnesty International issued an Urgent Action on March 29, 2018, condemning the arbitrary arrest and ill-treatment of 11 women from Gonabadi Dervish religious minority. The statement reads in part:

Thousands of women and men staged extensive protests in Ahwaz, capital of Khuzistan Province in SW Iran, on March 28 and 29, 2018, against racist presentation in the state-run television. Women actively participated in these protests outside Khuzistan’s Radio and Television building.