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.

Yousef Tabataba’i Nezhad, the mulllahs’ Friday prayer leader in Isfahan said, “The necessary negotiations have taken place to impose gender segregation in universities. University deans of Isfahan Province have announced that they are ready to implement this plan and the professors’ needs have been provided for.”

Alireza Tahouni, Friday prayer leader in the town of Tiran, emphasized on even more crackdown and violence against women in families.

“Women with improper veiling and special makeup are roaming in the society and the men of the family must show some dignity and prevent such immoral behavior,” he said.

In a so-called ‘moral’ class, depicting the filthy viewpoint of the mullahs’ regime on women, Mullah Zia Abadi said, “We know these remarks are considered reactionary by a group of ‘intellectuals’! However, women’s main responsibility is to care for their husbands and nurture children. This is the woman that can deliver strong human beings to the society through continued sacrifice and selflessness.

During a demonstration in Ahvaz (south) on 17 February against the government’s corrupt environmental policies that has resulted in sever sandstorms,police and Basij forces surrounded protesters. They tried to create a climate of fear to end the gathering by threatening to arrest everyone. However, brave Ahvazi women rallied between the repressive forces and the protesters, preventing security forces from attacking the demonstrators.

Atena Faraghdani, a young activist on hunger strike for the past 11 days protesting her detention in Qarchak Varamin Prison, has told her family that she will not end her hunger strike and if her request of being transferred to Evin Prison is not met, they will have to come and get her corpse very soon.

Shahla Mir-Galubiat, a member of the women’s faction in the Iranian regime’s parliament said, “The Foreign Ministry must have serious supervision over the report to be presented by the president office’s Department of Women Affairs in the Beijing +20 summit to ensure the country’s interests. Officials of the women affairs must be precise in their reports to not exaggerate problems and the status quo.

Bastani, deputy of strategic evaluations in Rouhani’s Department of Women and Family Affairs said, “The number of secondary schoolgirls deprived of education is very high. The reasons include early marriages and living far from schools.”

An unwritten law imposed against female singers in some provinces is now being implemented in Tehran.

 On 16 February a spectator contacted ‘Shargh’ daily explaining that the microphones of women singers were cut off in a student’s concert held in the Unity Hall in Tehran.  

Massoumeh Zia is a theosophy activist detained during protest gatherings outside of the regime’s revolutionary courts.  In a hearing on 7 February in Tehran, Massoumeh was charged with “disrupting public order by participating in illegal rallies.” She was condemned to one year prison and 74 lashes. Ms. Zia was previously detained in 2006 and sentenced to one year in jail for rallying to protest discriminatory laws against women.

Haddad Adel, a member of the Iranian regime’s parliament from Tehran delivered a speech on the anniversary of the segregated al-Zahra University and once again attempted to force girls into their homes.