We, women have all experienced the wounds of violence. At home, in school and in society, from the moment that we have come to know ourselves as the second gender, as a woman, violence has entered our lives – daily violence that appears to be natural, always with some kind of cultural, traditional, psychological, biological, legal or religious justification. Even we ourselves who have been the target of violence have become used to it. The violence is not only an act damaging our bodies and endangering our lives. Violence against women is not limited to rape, beatings, or the sale of children as “brides” or to female genital mutilation, it cannot be reduced to batons and bullets, to fist or whips, to acid attacks or burning, it also means being ignored, discounted, insulted, despised or harassed is also violence, going on the nerves is violence too. Even undergoing plastic surgery to modify ourselves to conform to the standards of beauty set by patriarchal society, this too is a form of violence.
Violence against women is not new, but its escalation on an unprecedented scale in the economic, political and social spheres of the dominant patriarchal world is a terrifying phenomenon. As a result of the globalisation of capital and super exploitation for profit, poverty has been feminised. The chain of global violence has put more than 3 billion women from all corners of the world on the same side.
In the so-called ‘modern’ world of capitalism, forms of violence against women such as prostitution, rape, the murder of women by their partners or ex-partners, insults and contempt, beating and domestic violence, pornography, the so-called ‘sex industry’ and sexual abuse at work places and in the streets… all this has increased unimaginably. For the patriarchal imperialist-capitalist system, the continuation of violence against women on a world scale and the institutionalisation of an anti-women culture is of crucial importance for the production of profit.
Today, as a result of the invasions and occupation of the patriarchal imperialists from one side and with the rise of fundamentalism and different kinds of religious fundamentalists and anti-women states from the other side, Afghanistan, Iraq and the whole Middle-East have turned into women’s prisons and the men’s arena.
Though violence against women in Iran has a long history, the fundamentalist Islamic regime of Iran, using the stick of religion and the chains of tradition and the prison of the Hijab (veil) and so-called ‘guidance Patrols’ and executions and stonings, has imposed more extensive, more rigorous and more brutal violence against women in order to control them and their bodies. The compulsory hijab is an indication of women’s subjugation and subordination and a public and formal declaration of gender inequality under the Islamic regime. The laws that give rise to violence and medieval Islamic punishments are a declaration and formalisation of the oppression, discrimination and violence against women, the ideological banner of Islamic regime that hangs over the body of women.
While the Islamic regime and its repressive forces control women in the schools, universities, streets and work places and so on, the husband, partner, father, brother and son take care of controlling the women at home. If women outside the home are arrested and taken to prison for defying the laws and codes of the ‘Islamic hijab’, at home there are some men who will take the place of the religious rulers. If the regime stones women to death for the crime of loving someone or being loved by someone, at home there are some men who sentence them to death, in order to protect the family’s ‘honour’. Women in Iran have to escape the restrictions and checks of the Islamic security forces, while in public places they have to fear daily sexual abuses by so many men. Splashing acid on women whose hijabs are deemed unsatisfactory casts the sign of this brutal violence on their faces or bodies for the rest of their lives, while some men’s intolerable domestic violence drives women to self-immolation.
This coordination between the state power of the anti-woman Islamic Republic of Iran and men who are soaked in anti-women ideas and values forms the three interlinked chains of state, social and domestic violence against Iran’s women. The main link in this chain is state violence, which by spreading patriarchal culture, backward traditions, and anti-woman ideology in the society and through a series of anti-woman laws and policies, has paved the way for the intensification of various kinds of social and domestic violence against women.
Women in turn have been resisting and struggling in different forms against the widespread violence of the anti-woman Islamic regime since it was founded. They have been fighting individually or in groups, in prisons in the face of brutal torture, against the compulsory hijab, against gender discrimination in schools and universities, and in the courts for the right of divorce and custody of their children.
The violence against the body and soul of every woman has provoked a loud cry and a call for a broad struggle declaring that such violence is no longer bearable. Scattered and separate struggle and resistance is no longer sufficient; a united and broad struggle is posing itself more than ever as a necessity.
The development and intensification of violence in all spheres of women’s lives in Iran has given rise to the necessity of a united and broad campaign. Let this campaign to oppose violence against women help to unite the many channels of struggles into a stormy river for the revolutionary overthrow of the anti-woman Islamic regime of Iran. Launching and continuing such a campaign can strengthen the entrenchment of struggles of our sisters all over the world against violence on a world scale. A campaign that can serve as a continuous and targeted struggle for the elimination of the subjugation of women around the world and bring about a world in which all women and the whole humanity is free from oppression and exploitation
This Campaign belongs to:
All women who are suffering from violence!
All women who fight the compulsory hijab!
All women who fight against ‘stoning to death’!
All women who fight for the separation of religion from the state!
All women who fight to put an end to abusing, insulting, despising and beating women!
All women who fight against backward traditions, customs and laws such as forced marriage and the
marriage of young girls!
All women who fight against the Islamic form of prostitution known as ‘Sigheh’ (what they call
All women who fight against ‘honour killings’!
All women who fight against the exploitation of women in the work place or home!
All women who fight against the abuse and targeting of homosexuals!
All women who fight for control of their body and for a free choice to abortion and…!
All women who fight all the unfair laws and Islamic punishment against women!
All women who fight for a world in which no woman is forced to sell her body!
All women who …
Campaign to fight state, social and domestic violence against women in Iran
To join the campaign and other inquiries please contact our e-mail:
Atash Paydar: Women's movement activist
Akhtar Kamangar: Political activist & Women's movement activist
Akhgar Farzaneh: Women's movement activist
Aram Bayat: Lead of “Khorshid Khanoom” dance group & Women’s rights activist
Ariz Mohammadi: Women’s rights activist
Arghavan Rostami: Women's movement activist
Azadeh Partovi: Women's movement activist
Azadeh Abbasi: Women’s rights activist
Asti Pirooti: Labour's rights activist & Political activist
Ashraf Ghiasi: Women's movement activist, Political activist & Former political prisoners
Emilia Espartak: Women’s movement activist – Afghanistan
Ana Mahmodi: Women’s rights activist
Anahita Rahmani: Women's movement activist, Political activist & Former political prisoners
Avat Sadeghi: Women's rights activist & Political activist
Baghrein Hojjati: Women's rights activist
Bahar Maleki: Women's rights activist
Bayan Zandi: Women's rights activist
Bayan Naseh: Social Consultant & Women's rights activist
Parvin Ahmadi: Women's rights advocate
Parvin Saiedbakhti: Women's rights advocate
Parvin Shafei: Women's rights activist
Parisa Kolahghochi: Women's movement activist & Political activist
Pari Rastegar: Women's movement activist
Soraya Fattahi: Women's movement activist & Political activist
Samin Bahar: Women's movement activist
Jamileh Rahimi: Women's rights activist & Political activist
Jamileh Nedai: Women's movement activist
Roya Sadeghi: Political activist
Rizan Moarefi: Women's rights advocate
Zara Parastar: Political activist & Child and teenage rights activist
Zara Mohammadi: Women's movment activist
Zari Zahedani: Former political activist
Zaman Masoodi: Political activist & Women's movment activist
Ziba Karbasi: Poet
Zinat Ilkhanizadeh: Child rights activist & Women's rights activist
Zinat Abbasi: Women's rights advocate
Setareh Ashoorbeig: Women's rights advocate – Afghanistan
Sahar Tiam: Political activist
Sahar Naji: Women's rights advocate & Refugees rights activist
Sarveh Naghshi: Women's rights advocate
Samira Bastani: Women's movement activist
Suzeh Amin: Women's rights activist
Susan Golmohammadi: Women's movement activist, Political activist & Former political prisoner
Soofia: Women's rights advocate
Sooma Nabavi: Women's movement activist & Political activist
Soheila Ghaderi: Women's movement activist
Seiran Ebrahimi: Women's right activist
Seili Ghaffar: Women's rights activist & Political activist - Afghanistan
Simin: Women's rights advocate
Shahla Payam: Women's movement activist & Political activist
Shirin Hosseini: Women's movement activist & Political activist
Shirin Sharifi: Women's rights advocate
Shiva Sobhani: Poet & Political activist
Sabri Bahani: Political activist
Sedighe Mohammadi: Women's movement activist & Political activist
Ozra Mohammadian: Women's right activist - Afghanistan
Fatemeh Eghdami: Women's right activist
Fatemeh Karimi: Women's right activist
Farasat Salehi: Women's movement activist & Political activist
Farah Nabavi: Women's movement activist
Farzaneh Rahnama: Women's rights advocate - Afghanistan
Fereshteh Sadeghpour: Women's movement activist & Former political prisoner
Fariba Amirkhizi: Women's movement activist & Political activist
Frida Faraz: Women's movement activist
Farideh Rezaee: Women's movement activist & Political activist
Farideh Karimi: Women's movement activist & Political activist
Farimah Roshan: Women's movement activist
Ghodsi Bakhtiari: Social activist
Kajal Adami: Poet & Artist
Questan Davoudi: Political activist
Kimiya Moradi: Women's movement activist
Kimiya Noori: Author
Goshin Ghahramani: Women's rights advocate
Galavij Hosseini: Women's rights activist & Political activist
Galavij Mahmoodzadeh: Women's rights advocate
Golzar Ali: Political activist
Goli Pishyari: Women's rights advocate
Goli Mohammadi: Musician
Gohar Memarzadeh: Political activist
Giti Zamani: Political activist
Laleh Azad: Women's rights advocate - Afghanistan
Lavjeh Javad:Women’s equality movement activist
Leila Azad: Social activist
Leila Parnian: Women's movement activist, Political activist & Chief editor of March 8 Magazine
Maria Rashidi: Spokeswoman of Stockholm women's rights association
Maryam Afrasiabpour: International campaign for women's rights
Maryam Ghaderpana: Political activist
Maryam Naji: Supporter of "March 8 women's organization (Iran-Afghanistan)"
Mojdeh Bamian: Women's movement activist
Massi Tehrani: Women's movement activist
Malihe Karimizadeh: Women's movement activist
Mona Roshan: Political activist & Former political prisoner
Mehri Shahmoradi: Political activist
Mahsa Rojan: Women's movement activist
Mahnaz Haghighat: Human rights activist
Mahin Shokrollahi: Political activist
Mahin Shokrai: Political activist
Mina Ahmadi: Women's rights advocate - Afghanistan
Mina Azadi: Political activist
Minoo Irani: Political activist
Mitra Golmohammadi: Families of political victims
Nazi Abdollahi: Women's rights advocate
Nahid Karimi: Women's movement activist
Nahid Mokri: Women's rights activist & Human rights activist
Nahid Novin: Women's movement activist & Political activist
Nahid Vafaee: Poet & Women's rights activist
Nasim Azad: Social activist
Nasim Saadat: Political activist
Niloofar Paziresh: Women's movement activist
Vajihe Taraneh: Women's movement activist
Venous Derakhshan: Women's movement activist
Hetav Abdollahi: Journalist
Homa Bamian: Women's movement activist
Homa Farid: Women's movement activist & Political activist
Hoozan Mahmood: Kurdish women's rights activist
Hiroo Mahmoodzadeh: Women's right activist
Sabrina Qureshi: The Founder and co-ordinator of Million women Rise - UK
Vivienne Hayes: Chief Executive, Women’s Rosource Center – UK
Anne Tonglet: Women and LGBT’s movement activist - Belgium
Binevsa Berivan: Institut Kurde de Bruxelles
Margot Cassiers: Institut Kurde de Bruxelles
Kristel Cuvelier: Institut Kurde de Bruxelles
Annelies Kuypers: Institut Kurde de Bruxelles
Mélissa Petit: Institut Kurde de Bruxelles
Agnes Lalau: Institut Kurde de Bruxelles
Soade Dana: Institut Kurde de Bruxelles
Zeynep Gorgu: Union des femmes socialistes en Belgique
Sakine Altindemir: Union des femmes socialistes en Belgique
Nalan Oral: Union des femmes socialistes en Belgique
Meryem Sasmaz: Union des femmes socialistes en Belgique
Eylem Dalgiç: Union des femmes socialistes en Belgique
Bilen Ceyran: Union des femmes socialistes en Belgique
Hatice çakmak: Union des femmes socialistes en Belgique
Arife Soysuren: Le mouvement des femmes kurdes en Belgique
Toprak Nisa: Le mouvement des femmes kurdes en Belgique
Raife Koç: Le mouvement des femmes kurdes en Belgique
Leyla Aslan: Le mouvement des femmes kurdes en Belgique
Martha Glow: Women’s movement activist –UK
Jasmin Kitel: German feminist
Sara Mohammad: Founder and Chairman for the Swedish national organisation Never Forget Pela
Amineh Kakabaveh: Chairman for the Swedish association "Neither Whores or Doormats" -
Leyla Cimin: Courage Bremen - Germany
Sunday 03 April 2016
Young Woman’s Quest for Higher Education Exposes Iran’s Discrimination Against Baha’is
[h2 Rouhie Safajoo, a student banned from Iranian universities because of her Baha’i faith and arrested for her online activism, was released on March 27, 2016 on 500 million rials (about $16,500 USD) bail, nearly three weeks after her arrest.
“We are very happy Rouhie is free,” her sister, Maryam Safajoo, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “But the real story is that for the past 37 years [since Iran’s 1979 revolution], Baha’i students have been denied the right to attend university.”
“And it keeps getting worse. Even when [Baha’i] seek justice by peaceful means, they get threats and it ends up in their arrest,” she said. “Rouhie is one of thousands of young Baha’is who have been banned from getting an education in this country.”
Arrested for Speaking Out
Rouhie Safajoo, who lives in Karaj (12 miles west of Tehran), was arrested on the morning of March 8, 2016 for allegedly “acting against national security on cyberspace.”
In 2014 and 2015 she had taken Iran’s grueling annual university entrance exam, along with millions of other students, but both times her results were withheld because of her faith, making it impossible for her to access higher education. Since receiving her first rejection she has been actively writing about the daily persecution she and other Bahai’s are forced to endure on her Facebook page.
The Baha’i community is one of the most severely persecuted religious minorities in Iran. The faith is not recognized in the Islamic Republic’s Constitution and its members face harsh discrimination in all walks of life as well as prosecution for the public display of their faith.
The last public Facebook post she wrote, on March 5, 2016, was a widely circulated poem dedicated to the five-year-old son of a Baha’i woman imprisoned for teaching at a banned online Baha’i university that Rouhie Safajoo had also attended:
“…This university has a construction, every brick of which is made with your and others’ childhood moments…
This university was erected on lives and hearts…
My little boy, forgive me for taking your childhood, so I would not remain deprived of education…”
Rouhie Safajoo was arrested three days after publishing her poem. Her sister described the circumstances of the arrest in an interview with the Campaign.
“Two female agents and six male agents came to our house. Only one of the agents was visible on the video intercom and he told my mother that he was from the gas company. My mother buzzed him in and suddenly the other agents followed,” said Maryam Safajoo.
“The women searched Rouhie’s room and the others searched the other rooms. They took my parents’ and Rouhie’s mobile phones, laptops, books and even framed photos. They took close to 120 books as one agent filmed everything. They didn’t allow my mother to call my father to come home and they didn’t allow her to pick up the phone when it rang,” she added.
“One of the agents told my mother to open the garage door so that they could load the confiscated material more discretely and preserve my sister’s ‘reputation,’” said Maryam Safajoo. “My mother answered back that our reputation would be just fine.”
Denied Crucial Test Results
Baha’i students have long been denied higher education in the Islamic Republic. Previously, they were prevented from obtaining their exam results, which are required to attend any institution of higher learning in Iran, by an online message citing “incomplete cases.” But in a August 2014 Facebook post Rouhie Safajoo described a new form of rejection due to her faith.
After logging in to view her exam results, an online message told her to write a letter or go to the National Education Evaluation Organization’s Queries Office in Karaj for her results. She soon discovered that her non-Baha’i friends were able to retrieve their results online, but that all Baha’is were being told to contact an evaluation organization, and that they would only be rejected upon contacting the address in the online message.
“If they had told me I had an ‘incomplete case,’ I wouldn’t have been upset because I was prepared for it. But it bothers me that they found a new way to reject us,” she wrote.
Complaints Illegally Ignored
Maryam Safajoo told the Campaign that when Rouhie Safajoo took the national university entrance exam in 2014, she was summoned to the evaluation organization in Karaj where she was told Baha’is are prohibited from taking the exam instead of receiving her grades.
“Rouhie told them that the ban was against the Constitution and every person has the right to education regardless of ethnicity or religion,” added Maryam Safajoo.
“I ask you and other officials to treat me just as you would other ‘human beings’ and ‘Iranians,’ in accordance with human rights and the Iranian Constitution,” wrote Rouhie Safajoo, in a Facebook post addressed to Mohammad Javad Larijani, the head of the Iranian Judiciary’s Human Rights Council, on August 7, 2014 after receiving no response to the letter she had sent him on April 10.
“…[I]f my letter hasn’t reached you and you haven’t heard my voice, then you definitely haven’t heard the voices of any Baha’is—because you told international forums that Baha’is are not mistreated,” she wrote. “This time, I will try to make sure you get my letter and that your ears hear my voice, although I know it will be difficult to raise my voice that high.”
Rouhie Safajoo also sent formal complaints to the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, the Administrative Justice Court, the Office of President Hassan Rouhani, and the Parliament’s Article 90 Commission, which is supposed to investigate public complaints against the three branches of state based on Iran’s Constitution.
According to Article 90: “Whoever has a complaint concerning the work of the Assembly or the executive power, or the judicial power can forward his complaint in writing to the Assembly. The Assembly must investigate his complaint and give a satisfactory reply. In cases where the complaint relates to the executive or the judiciary, the Assembly must demand proper investigation into the matter and an adequate explanation from them, and announce the results within a reasonable time. In cases where the subject of the complaint is of public interest, the reply must be made public.”
“Rouhie did not get a reply from any of the authorities,” Maryam Safajoo told the Campaign.
In his annual reports, Ahmad Shaheed, the U.N. special rapporteur for human rights in Iran, has repeatedly detailed the widespread abuse and discrimination against Baha’is in Iran, and called on the Iranian government to end its religious intolerance.
“Since childhood I have learned that it’s good and valuable to tolerate every kind of disaster in the path of truth. I still believe so,” wrote Rouhie Safajoo on Facebook in 2014. “But why does it have to be that way, I ask? Didn’t Mr. Rouhani promise that all those who were turned away from university should be let in? So what happened?”
“Dear Mr. Rouhani, I don’t want you to let my expelled brother, father, mother, uncles, aunts and cousins back into universities,” she wrote. “From this big family, I only want you to let me into university. That would be enough to make us trust you and believe you keep your promises.”
The Iranian Judiciary has also not responded to a formal letter of complaint describing harrowing instances of torture suffered by Baha’is while they were in prison custody, the Campaign recently revealed.]
Happy 8th March, the International Women Day!
The 8th of March, is the anniversary of the commendable struggle of the New York women workers, in the years between 1875 and 1907, for the achievements of their well earned rights. This day, which is celebrated worldwide, is identified as the struggle of Clara Zetkin, who is one of the most extraordinary pioneers of the women for the emancipation from cruelty and exploitation, which is why it is known as the International Women’s day.
Despite women’s movements being able to achieve many important milestones, the vast majority of the world’s women, are not equal with men and still suffer from gender discrimination and class oppression.
In the advanced capitalist countries, who claim, men and women have equal social rights, the women don’t have equal pay and economic rights, compared to men. All forms of violence, especially domestic violence, are applied to women as well. Reduction in social welfare and austerity measures, imposed by the capitalist system, puts more pressure on working women and those women who are responsible for taking care of children and domestic work. In addition to this unjustifiable oppression, it must also be pointed out, that all kinds of prostitutions for women have caused many casualties, due to poverty and the lack of economic security.
In other countries of the world, especially in the Islamic countries including Iran, under the reactionary Islamic rule, the women’s social- economical situation is dreadful & almost beyond belief. With the implementation of the corroded anti women rules, the most gender and class discriminations, are applied to women, who are identified as second class citizens. Returning women to the corner of the home (kitchen), and restricting them from obtaining employment & thus are then more economically dependent on men. Furthermore, women are deemed unsuitable for some office jobs, such as:
• Judge and judgment or dress code (Hejab law).
• Sport restrictions,
• Not allowing women to watch men sports.
• Limitation in performing music (singing alone).
• Restrictions in selecting academic courses.
• Keeping children after divorce.
• Witnessing (two women equal to one man).
• Social-cultural discrimination.
• Increasing violence and oppression.
• Instutionalised control of women’s life, by men.
• Patriarchy and increasing inequality… are few to mention which have been imposed on Iranian women after the 1979 revolution.
Exploitation is the core of the continued capitalist system, which plunders the fruits of all workers, whether it is man or woman. But, the exploitation of the women workers, due to the lower wages for the same work, is more extreme. The employment of the women workers in most of the industrial branches, especially in major steel industries, mining, and petrochemical and…. is very limited, therefore, according to the Islamic regime’s officials, the rate of the unemployed women is three times more than the men.
The searching period for finding a job for the unemployed women, is far longer than the unemployed men. According to the government’s experts study shows that 29% of the women under High school diploma have been searching for work for 18 months, while only 6.2% of the same category in men, for the same period has been looking for job (Gholam Reza Keshavarz Haddad). It is estimated that more than 17% of the working women in Iran, are working at home, known as ‘’teleworking’’, such as knitting, some components required for manufacturing products, food, and …of other jobs such as house cleaning, must be added.
Nuclear deals of the imperialist countries, with the Islamic republic regime, provides favorable conditions for worlds’ biggest capitalists, for privatization purposes and its preparations have begun, by the suppression of the workers movement, arresting, and the imprisonment of the labor activists, without doubt, the working women must even bear more severe conditions. The success in this situation and the transfer of foreign capital to Iran will provide the local capital towards the privatization of the entire economy, and the possibility, of the attracting cheap labor to the labor market on a large scale.
In such circumstances, and based in the context of the neoliberal programs, as it has been shown in other countries, the women's employment, will be with lesser rights and more discriminations. This will also cause more contractual jobs, contracts, casual, or part- time jobs at factories. On the margins of the formal economy, and without the social coverage, the vast majority of the females employed in small workshops, under ten people, will be denied protection under labor laws and social insurance.
The capitalist Islamic republic regime, by sending some of its favorites, like sohaila Jelodarzadeh and Fatemeh Zolghadr in “Labor’s Home’’(Regime’s Union), which is not a labor’s home, but the backyard of the capitalists, is trying to deceive the public opinion and the female workers. Keep on dreaming! The regime is delusional. Due to their experience and in struggle against the regime’s anti worker policies, the women workers have found out that they must not hope, or expect any change by this regime or its favorite representatives.
Despite all of these discriminations and abuses, which have been imposed on the Iranian women, as half of the society’s population, they have not stayed quiet, and they have struggled against these inequalities. That is why, with in the past year, we have witnessed their continuous struggle and the increasing vast protests of the teachers, nurses, students, female reporters, and especially the conspicuous presence of the labor families, their wives alongside their husbands, children, brothers or their fathers in the most labor strikes, who in solidarity and with reliance on their own force, have defended their legitimate rights, firmly and resolutely.
The women’s role as a movement, is very important in protests against the capitalist system and the neoliberal policies, more than ever, puts the seal of approval to the necessity of the struggle for eliminating gender oppression, which could not be separated from the class oppression. The experience has proven, that the rate of success and the growth of the social movements, are linked directly on the rate of the women’s participation and its success will not be possible, without the participation of the women. Eliminating Gender and class oppression and the discrimination against women, will be possible only through united and organized struggle, against capitalist policies and the takeover of the organized working class.
For this reason, the women’s issues in the world and in the countries such as Iran, in its process of a final solution, are tied with the struggle against capitalism and the abolitition of private property, and the women’s emancipation. The exploitation and severe oppression and the realization of full gender equity & equality would be possible, only with the establishment of socialism. A society, which is free of exploitation, followed by comprehensive and continuous cultural education.
Solidarity committees with the Iranian workers movement- abroad
Iranian single womens need father's permission to go abroad
guardian.co.uk : Single women in Iran will need the permission of their guardians to be able to leave the country if a new bill secures enough votes in parliament .
At the moment, unmarried women and men above the age of 18 can leave the country if they have a passport but, according to the new bill, single women would need official consent from their guardian, usually their father .
IHRDC - In recent weeks, the political theater of women registering as presidential candidates in the Islamic Republic of Iran, followed by what appeared to be disqualifying remarks by Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi—a conservative cleric—has distracted from the real issues at hand .
Single Iranian women under 40 need 'fathers' consent for passports
November 20, 2012
Under current law, anyone under 18 must have written consent from his or her father or male guardian, signed by a notary, to obtain a passport. A married woman of any age needs either a letter from her husband or a character reference from her local Imam .Shahrzad News: Sexual and social discrimination against Iranian women took a new turn recently when parliament’s National Security Committee introduced a bill obliging every unmarried woman under 40 to obtain her father’s consent when applying for a passport .
Parviz Sayyad talks about filmmaking in exile and politics & Cinema
By Bijan Tehrani 04/05/2012 09:57:00
Parviz Sayyad actor, writer, film, theater and television director and producer is one of the most famous actors among the masses in Iran while among the film fans and film critics he is known films that he has directed and produced. Sayyad that started his career at 1960 in Iranian National Television is an Iranian example of what French new wave critics called an “author”, he creates his characters, writes his own screenplays and directs them with a recognizable style.
Football now a game of inclusion for Muslim women
Veiled female Muslim football players show it is not obstacle to participating, excelling in life, sports .
Middle East Online
By Jens Juul Petersen - BEIRUT
Many female Muslim football players are celebrating a recent decision by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), football’s international governing body, to allow them to test a specially designed headscarf. The decision will be reviewed after a four-month test period. FIFA has prohibited headscarves since 2007, but this new decision, which the UN pushed for, will hopefully allow more girls and women around the world to take part in the game .
As people around the world celebrated international women’s day on March 8, Iranian women activists interviewed for this occasion said that they believed that the condition of women in Iran has deteriorated while pressure and restrictions on their activities have grown. Despite this though they appeared hopeful and optimistic, contending that their movement would start the new Persian year (the year 1391 begins on March 20) with vigor and dynamism .
What’s next for women’s rights in the Middle East ?
Q&A with Christiane Amanpour
by Samuel Burke, CNN
Christiane Amanpour will host a new daily foreign affairs program on CNN International starting Monday, April 16. Showtimes at Amanpour.com
What’s the next phase for women’s rights in the Middle East ?
Interview with Nooshin Barati, Exiled MPG Journalist
The ruling powers within the Islamic Republic of Iran have systematically ignored human rights and attempted to imprison and detain the educated and intellectual class because they find this group to be a strong promoter of a democratic regime in Iran .
Advisor on women’s employment to the country’s Ministry of Heavy Industries Soraya Zafari told the Fars News Agency that 46% of female workers are employed in service industries, 34% in manufacture and the rest in agriculture .
Islamic Court upheld 3-year prison term for Iranian women`s right َ
Saturday 25 February 2012
Islamic Court upheld 3-year prison term for Iranian women`s right activist Maryam Ghorbanifar
Human Rights House of IRAN -- Tehran’s court of appeals issued ruling upholding the 3-year prison sentence for human rights activist Maryam Ghorbanifar .
Iran's female ninjas: fighting against islamic law for sexual equality
For those times when Betty Friedan just isn't enough ... ninjutsu is here to help. Photographer Caren Firouz has been taking pictures of some of Iran's estimated 3,500 female ninja-warriors-in-training. It turns out that when you're denied basic human rights, restricted in your ability to dress how you want and mix with the people you choose, and when your legal testimony is officially recognised as being worth exactly half that of a man's, you develop – if these images are anything to go by – a lot of rage .
STOCKHOLM (IPS) The first all female conference on the subject of the "Situation of Women in Iran" held recently in Stockholm, Sweden, highlighted the chronic, sometimes tragic contradictions between Islamic canons dating from 1400 years ago with modern civic laws, as is the case in Islam-ruled Iran in particular and Muslim societies in general, with the people, mostly women, the victims .
In the Iranian islamic regime women’s main duty is housework
Freedom Messenger -- A University professor and Family Specialist believes that the officials of an Islamic society have to establish a special work system for women so that their main duties are not disrupted .
Iran’s “nude revolutionary” Farahani says image is symbolic
Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani has left much of the Islamic world in an uproar over her nude image in a French magazine, which she then posted on Facebook. The actress has spoken out, saying she wanted to make a symbolic gesture about nudity and sex .
Iranian Young woman arrested last year for Facebook activities against islamic regime
Persian2English – There has been no word on Hanieh (a.k.a. Sharareh) Farshi Shotorban since regime security agents arrested her in Tabriz in July 2010. According to reliable sources, the young Iranian woman was arrested for her membership in Facebook and online activities.
There is no room in revolutionary courts for defense lawyers because they keep quoting laws to play for time" .
— Ayatollah Sadegh Khalkhali, the first religious judge appointed by Ayatollah Khomeini to head the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal, May 13, 1979
"If a lawyer comes to believe that his client is guilty, he must not contribute to the prolongation of the trial; he must understand that he would be held accountable in the Hereafter .
Iranian Women’s rights activist Alieh Eghdamdoost released from Evin prison
Alieh Eghdamdoost , a women’s rights activist arrested for her peaceful activism, was released from prison on Sunday morning. Eghdamdoost, who is in her sixties, was forced to endure three consecutive years in Evin prison without one day of furlough .
who is a danger to our iranian national security? mothers or the islamic republic rulers ?
The ruling minority in Iran is is tightening its grip against political groups, social activists and even ordinary people and is increasing the repression and the authoritarian rule in more savage ways, day by day.
Iranian women banned from kick boxing in Iran by islamic regime
According to new orders, from now on women are banned from participating in all kinds of sport competitions that are held in rings including kick boxing and Muay Thai and federations who cover these sports have to pay close attention to this issue .
Iranian Journalist Fatemeh Kheradmand has been arrested by islamic intelligence agents
Human Rights House of Iran – Journalist Fatemeh Kheradmand was arrested last night at her home and transferred to Evin prison. She is the wife of journalist Masoud Lavasani, who was released from Evin prison on September 8th after enduring approximately two years behind bars .
Sakineh Ashtiani could be hanged in Iran by islamic court
Authorities in Iran say they are moving ahead with plans to execute a woman who was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, but are considering whether to carry out the sentence by hanging instead .
Call for Solidarity with Iranian Women’s Movement: Coming Together with The Butterflies for Peace
by: Kiana Karimi
3 December 2011
The following statement has been endorsed by over 160 prominent Iranian women’s rights advocates, activists and scholars living abroad. This was meant to show solidarity with women’s rights activists inside Iran and echo their voices internationally.
Majid Dori’s Mother: “He Falls Into Comma & Can’t Stand up for Days"
Thursday, 10 November 2011 20:44 admin1
While Majid Dori remains locked up in Behbahan Prison for the last 29 months, his family’s efforts to release him on furlough or transfer him to a prison in Tehran have been unsuccessful. Majid Dori is an imprisoned student expelled from Allameh Tabatabai Univerity (ATU) and exiled to the city of Behbahan in Khuzestan Province .
Iranian Feminism after uprising against Islamic republic regime in June 2009
Feminism after June 2009: A Conversation with Zillah Eisenstein
By Golbargh Bashi in New York
The world has now witnessed the extraordinary presence of Iranian women in the democratic struggles of their nation -- both before and after the June 12, 2009 presidential election Eyewitness reports tell us of amazing acts of courage by women, young and old, pious and non-religious, who danced, cried, shouted and spent days and nights in the streets.
Parvin Mokhtare: iranian political Prisoner of the day
Sentenced to 23 months in prison for objecting to her son's imprisonment
chrr: Parvin Mokhtare, mother of imprisoned human rights activist, Kouhyar Goudarzi, was arrested on August 1, 2011, at her home in Kerman, one day after her son, Kouhyar Goudarzi, was also arrested in Tehran. After her arrest, she was informed of her charges of "propagating against the regime," and "insulting the martyrs and the Supreme Leader" and was later put on trial on these charges. This week it was announced that Parvin Mokhtare has been sentenced to 23 months in prison .
Learn From Iranian secular people Advice to women in Arab world
by Julie Tomlin
The emergence of Islamic identity is just one of the potential threats to women's status in the wake of the Arab Spring according to Iranian-born Sussan Tahmasebi who is working to pass on the lessons learnt by the women's movement in her native Iran .
Iranian women increasingly wary of getting married
How women view marriage has been complicated by a change in social attitudes and a lack of consensus as to what women’s responsibilities are, and to what the terms ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ mean when applied to their role in society and in the family .
Four years after Iranian dictatorship Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a speech at Columbia University, said that in Iran there are no representatives of sexual minorities, the Iranian-American filmmaker Maryam Keshavarz`s made a film about two Iranian lesbian who fell under the oppression of religious and cultural repression .
Research in Germany has concluded. Those who have physical or mental disabilities or who suffer from mental illness are three times more likely to be raped than other women
Shahrzadnews: Disabled women throughout the world are are much more vulnerable to rape than others, and need extra state support to protect them from sexual abuse, research in Germany has concluded.
Iranian political prisoner Rojin Mohammadi Suffering in Evin Prison
HRANA News Agency - Imprisoned blogger and medical student, Rojin Mohammadi, has been locked up in Ward 2A of Evin Prison under appalling conditions. This ward is under the control of Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (IRGC) .
Women’s Rights Activist in Prison Without Family Contact
An informed source close to 38-year-old women’s rights activist Fereshteh Shirazi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that since her arrest on 3 September 2011 in the city of Amol, she has had very little contact with her family .
Women’s ward in Evin prison continues to face difficulties
[Women’s ward in Evin prison continues to face difficulties
Following the transfer of women political prisoners to a separate ward in Evin prison, it was anticipated that conditions would improve, however they still facing many difficulties .
Friday 16 September 2011
Women’s ward in Evin prison continues to face difficulties
Following the transfer of women political prisoners to a separate ward in Evin prison, it was anticipated that conditions would improve, however they still facing many difficulties .
HRANA News Agency – The flogging sentence against Somayeh Tohidlou was carried out on Wednesday, September 14, 2011. Somayeh Tohidlou is an activist with ties to Mir Hussein Mousavi’s 2009 presidential campaign .
Women and Representation in Iran’s Democracy Movement
In my short presentation at this panel, I will focus on only one main issue concerning women’s citizenship and representation in the case of Iran: women’s right to vote. Before specific reference to that, however, I would like to propose a few theoretical suppositions that I have reached through my scholarship and activism.
Iranium - Women in Iran Under Islamic Law Feb 16, '11 11:21 AM
Iran stoning case, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is at imminent risk of execution in Tabriz prison.
Our apologies if you have requested to be removed from our list. Since we have had to change our mailing list programme, this may not have been registered. Please unsubscribe from this email message if you would like to unsubscribe, otherwise please read on...
Sakine Mohamadi Ashtiani
We, the undersigned, are extremely concerned about the fate of 43 year old Sakine Mohamadi Ashtiani and fear she may be executed in Iran at any time for ‘having an illicit relationship.’
We call on people everywhere to intensify their protests by marking Saturday 24 July as the International Sakine Mohamadi Ashtiani Day. On the Saturday, we ask you to come out on to the streets and in city centres across the globe at 2pm local time bringing photos of Sakine and messages in her defence and against stoning and execution.
An Iranian female student who was born into a Muslim family and attended the University of Tehran in Iran, wrote the following research thesis, and called it “The Position & the Value of Women in Islam” She openly documented the verses from Koran regarding the Position and Value of Woman in Koran. She wrote in her thesis:
Document - Iran: Two Kurds at imminent risk of execution: Hossein Khezri and Zeynab Jalalian
UA: 88/10 Index: MDE 13/038/2010 Iran Date: 21 April 2010
TWO KURDS AT IMMINENT RISK OF EXECUTION
Hossein Khezri, a 28-year-old man, and Zeynab Jalalian, a 27-year-old woman, both members of Iran’s Kurdish minority, are feared to be at imminent risk of execution. Both were convicted of “enmity against God”, in separate cases, for membership of the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan.
Two women jailed in Iran for changing their religion!
According to reports from Doa website, two women in Iran who had converted to Christianity have been jailed and face possible execution by the Islamic regime. Marziye Aminzade, 30 and Maryam Rastanpoor 27, were arrested in their homes in Tehran on 5th march 2009 accused of threatening the “national security”
A Report By Organisation for Women's Liberation - Iran
[h2An historic 8 March in Iran -- Security forces attacked International Women's Day gatherings -- Assemblies in different cities -- For freedom and equality 2007
People in Iran welcomed 8th March this year by organising many events well ahead of the actual day in different cities all over the country. It culminated in major gatherings on Thursday, international women's day. People were passionate about the day, had prepared manifestos, resolutions and banners demanding equality, condemning gender apartheid and women's oppression. As usual the Islamic regime tried everything to halt and prevent these events. Despite massive paramilitary and secret police presence, many pickets and gatherings took place.read more...
Bush 'plans Iran air strike by August
May 28, 2008
By Muhammad Cohen
NEW YORK - The George W Bush administration plans to launch an air strike against Iran within the next two months, an informed source tells Asia Times Online, echoing other reports that have surfaced in the media in the United States recently.
Twenty-one-year-old Iranian Farnoush has her own job but no longer her own telephone
When her father looked at her text messages and discovered she had a boyfriend, he confiscated the cell phone, saying her behavior was not proper in an Islamic republic .
The United Nations has asked the world governing body Fifa to overturn its ban on allowing women footballers to wear a hijab, the Islamic headscarf, when its law-making body meets on Saturday .
Issa Hayatou, the president of CAF, the African confederation, and Zhang Jilong of China, the acting head of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), have also given their support as have a number of Premier League players in England .
Kurdish women's rights activist Hana Abdi released in Iran`s jail
Kurdish student Hana Abdi was released from prison on Thursday after spending nearly 16 months in detention. She had been charged with "enmity against God" and "gathering and colluding to harm national security".