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.

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.

500 third-grade schoolgirls in Damghan were forced to listen to the mullahs’ misogynist laws.
Mahmoud Torabi, the city’s Friday prayer leader told a group of girls between the ages of 8 and 9 that, “When girls reach the age of puberty, they must respect the laws of chastity and hijab regulations even more than before. If they respond to their religious obligations and their duties once they have reached the age of puberty, they will never give in to their temptations.”

State-run Mehr news agency reported the reinstitution of mandatory veiling (hijab) regulations for female students in Iran.Head of the Reyhaneh al-Nabi Institution in Qom said the hijab plan will be carried out for 17,700 students across the country, the report reads.

State-run ‘Farhang News’ wrote, “The freedom to choose one’s clothing is against the law in Iran. Those who speak openly about freedom of clothing are publicly speaking of opposing the country’s laws.

The Iranian regime’s Assembly of Experts chief made strong comments at the actions taken by the Ministry of Islamic Culture and Guidance on music. Mullah Yazdi called on to mullah Ali Jannati, head of the Iranian regime’s Guardian Council to warn the ministry that music is forbidden by Islam.

In early 2011 the name of the Qarchak Prison (Shahr Ray Prison) was mentioned in the media as a women’s prison. The transfer of all female prisoners with non-political crimes from Evin and Rajaie Shahr Prisons to this prison in Shahr Ray raised a wave of protests because of the dire conditions in this prison. The names of some female political prisoners were among those to be transferred.

State-run IRNA news agency issued a report on the rising number of street women, stating, “They are not very old at all, ranging from 15 to 20. It doesn’t matter, uptown or downtown. After arguing a bit on the price, they board the vehicle of a stranger and go with them. They call them sexual workers. They have no other choice but to give in to this ‘line of work’ alongside their studies in order to provide for their tuitions. They are called criminals, while the true criminals are the customers that lure them to this work.

The Guardian Council of the mullahs’ regime has complained about the plan supporting agents of “promoting virtue and preventing vice” presented in the regime’s parliament, including article 9 of this bill indicating, “Legal and factual individuals are not allowed to create obstacles before the implementation of promoting virtue and preventing vice.”

Officials of the misogynist mullahs’ regime continue to prevent women from performing in concerts and this time they have prevented the distribution of CDs with female singers.