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.

Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has staged a sit-in outside the Iranian Bar Association for more than six months, demanding the right to work freely after she was banned from practicing for five years last October.

The mother of Negar Haeri, a young jurist arrested for the third time on 18 May, has said that ever since her daughter was detained she has had no information about her and does not know why her daughter was arrested.

Gohar Eshghi, the mother of blogger Sattar Beheshti who was murdered by prison officials under interrogation, has been hospitalized due to stress and pressures imposed on her following the arrest of journalist and human rights activist Ms. Narges Mohammadi.

A member of Khamenei’s inner circle in Iran openly threatened to send repressive Hezbollah forces to crackdown on women.

Reza Qolami, secretary of Cultural Council of Khamenei’s office said “hijab” is necessary for a “safe society”, and Hezbollah forces will enter the scene if the police don’t take action against improper veiling.

A group of teachers in Alborz Province (northern Iran) staged a rally on 21 May, raising posters and placards demanding the release of jailed teacher Rasoul Baddaghi, and the release of other imprisoned colleagues who were arrested for protesting their violated rights.

Shahindokht Mulla-Verdi, a deputy in Rouhani’s cabinet said, “Currently 82% of single mothers are unemployed.”

Mullavardi said only 3% of women are active in management and political fields.

Mohammad Yazdi, head of the Iranian regime’s Assembly of Experts has said police must confront the issue of improper veiling and added the struggle against “improper veiling” must start from government apparatuses. One cannot actually do anything about the problem of hijab by writing articles, books and other texts.

Negar Haeri, jurist and former political prisoner of Gharchak Varamin Prison, was summoned to Evin Prison’s prosecutor office and arrested after interrogation and threats by the agents. The henchmen transferred her to ward 209 belonging to the Revolutionary Guards’ intelligence branch.

Over 100 women in the city of Sardasht in western Iran rallied on 19 May outside the city’s governorate office. They were demanding answers from judicial and security officials of West Azerbaijan Province regarding the suspicious death of Farinaz Khosravani.

The Iranian regime is trying to eliminate women from society by implying that their presence and contact with men will result to a sin! The state-run ‘Youth Journalist Club has published a series of Q&A, quoting senior Ayatollahs.