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.

Mothers who lost their loved ones in uprisings in Iran and/or many of whom remain in detention, have been active for six years in a movement called "Laleh Park Mothers".

Zila Mousavi, the mother of political prisoner Hossein Ronaghi Malaki, said her son's prison time is over and returning him behind bars is completely illegal. "However, if they arrest Hossein's father for conducting interviews and speaking to the media about our son's conditions, I will not remain silent and they cannot silence me," she said.

Failure to conform to the Islamic Republic's dress code, including wearing the mandatory black 'chador', or veil, causes women in Iran to become sick and suffer from illnesses in the intestines and stomach, a senior cleric of the Iranian regime has said.

Narges Mohammadi, a civil activist who has been detained in Evin Prison for the past two months, has written a letter expressing her protest regarding conditions inside the Iranian regime's prisons.

Farah Baghi is a Baha'i citizen detained in Yazd Prison (central Iran) ever since February 10. She has recently written a letter and described in brief the cruelty imposed on her and her family by the Iranian regime:

State-run news agencies reported recent remarks made against women by the Fars Province public prosecutor. This state official stipulated: "Those men or women who do not abide by hijab regulations should not be allowed into government offices.

The trial of rights activist Narges Mohammadi, scheduled for Monday, July 6, was cancelled for no specific reason. The Ministry of Intelligence raised new allegations and requested the maximum punishment for Mohammadi.

Seyed Kamal Heidary, a senior mullah in Iran, said in response to the question: "Are temporary marriages with [Muslim] women and women of other religions allowed?"

With a bill passed by the so-called parliament in Iran on criminal court cases, and being approved by the Guardian Council into law, from now on political defendants are not allowed to be represented by lawyers of their choice during preliminary investigation stages of their cases. Nasrin Sotudeh believes this will lead to unfair trials.

State-run media are reporting an increasing number of divorce cases in Iran. Statistics show the explicit pressure on women in the society and inside families as a result of the Iranian regime's repressive and misogynist policies.