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.

Samira Ahmadi, an official of the mullahs’ Basij force for students repeated all the mayhem raised by the regime’s Friday prayer leaders in opposition to women singing solos and said, “Why should women be allowed to sing in an Islamic country when their main mission is to raise children? The country’s culture officials do not understand that such anti-culture measures that are against our values can bring about significant consequences for the country. Such activities are in the enemy’s interest and have no place in our Islamic country.”

The International Volleyball Federation, (FIVB) cancelled Iran as the hosting country of the championship tournament for not allowing women to enter sports stadiums. The Iranian regime’s volleyball federation chief wrote to the FIVB and stated, “The presence of foreign women, including embassy employees, foreign spectators, the families of players of foreign teams and … are permitted to enter the stadiums and Iran has allocated a special section for them.”

Mohammad Ali Alavi Gorgani, a mullah of the Iranian regime stressed on misogyny as the pillar of the mullahs’ rule and in a gathering of Basij forces in the city of Qom, said, “Women in this country must not be allowed to sing or become lead singers. The sanctum of every house must be kept for us to be able to move in the path of securing our rule.”

In a note addressed to Atena Faraghdani, Reyhaneh Jabbari’s mother wrote, “My daughter, when you wake up, laugh more than ever. Laugh at the status quo, laugh at the prison, laugh at the broken bathrooms and the cut-off water and the air suffocating you in the ward, laugh at the interrogations and agents and the torture, laugh at Judge Salavati (a regime judge), because nothing like your utter laughter will break the hardship of prison.

In Iran under the mullahs’ rule, single mothers are considered one of the most deprived and vulnerable members of the society. Due to the death, displacement and divorce of their husbands as well as numerous other problems, these women are forced to attempt to make ends meet for their families all alone. Many of them are victims of the misogynist policy of temporary marriages at young age, promoted by the mullahs’ regime.

Iranian women are forced to pay the heavy price of the economic crisis and unemployment resulting from the Iranian regime’s unpopular policies and its export of terrorism. The Iranian regime’s Ministry of Labor stressed that in the last 5 years, 521 000 women have been laid off from work and the country is faced with the unemployment of educated women.

Faraji, head of Central Province’s women and family affairs said, “Some village girls have remained behind from standard education. The condition of village women is a lot worse than the women in urban areas. There are no recreational or entertainment facilities for women and girlsin villages. No action has been taken for women to participate in athletics and have no facilities for this.

In a gathering of mullahs in Qom, Zahedian, Chief of the moral security police said, “This center, as the last line in confronting improper dressing, is in need of the cooperation and partnership of the theological school in Qom.

Political prisoner and relative of PMOI member at Camp Liberty, Reyhaneh Haj Ibrahim has been in Evin Prison since 2009.  She has been suffering from nerve pains in the back and leg for a long time. She is also suffering from internal bladder bleeding.

Plainclothes agents in Shiraz entered a wedding party on 19 January to control the dress code and gender segregation. Despite the fact that a curtain was step up in the middle of the hall to separate the men from the women, the agents criticized the guests, quoted the city’s Friday prayer leader, raised a serious scuffle and finally arrested a number of the guests.