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Iran's Prosecutor Says It's A Sin For Women To Watch Men Play Soccer. These Women Watched Anyway

- A decision by Iranian authorities to allow a small group of selected women to watch an October 16 soccer match between Iran and Bolivia at Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Stadium was welcomed by the country's reformist press as a step forward and a victory for Iranian women, who have been banned from men's sports events. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 10/18/18

In Rare Move, Iran Lets Some Women Attend Men's Soccer in Tehran

- Iran has allowed an organized group of women to attend a men's soccer match at a Tehran stadium for the first time in decades, after years of campaigning by activists against a ban on female attendance. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 10/17/18

Afghan refugee Forozan Faghiri: She defied odds to become an accomplished physicist in Iran

- Forozan Faghiri, born in Kabul and raised in Tehran, has overcome insurmountable odds to carve a niche for herself. A young scientist and physicist, Faghiri did not allow her refugee status and difficult living conditions come in the way of her dreams. At 30, she has hit headlines in both Iran and Afghanistan for her accomplishments. - 10/16/18

Female Iranian MP Fatemeh Hosseini elected as member of IPU presiding board

- Seyyedeh Fatemeh Hosseini, a member of Majlis (Iranian Parliament), was elected as a member of the presiding board of Forum of Women Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentarian Union (IPU) in Geneva, Switzerland. IPU is an organization made up of national parliaments from around the world. IPU protects and builds global democracy through political dialogue and concrete action. - 10/16/18

"Oppression Stops Life:" Iranian Political Prisoner Narges Mohammadi Recounts Returning to an Empty Home

- For the first time in more than three years, Iranian political prisoner Narges Mohammadi was allowed to go on a three-day furlough on September 26, 2018. But according to her letter, published on October 2 by the Defenders of Human Rights Center (where Mohammadi worked before the organization was banned in Iran), the experience was far from enjoyable. - 10/11/18

Swedish Academy, Which Awards Nobel In Literature, Elects Iranian-Born Poet As Member

- The Swedish Academy on October 5 announced it had elected an Iranian-born poet and a Swedish judge as new members in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal that forced it to postpone awarding a Nobel prize in literature this year. - 10/6/18

Recipient of 11th Bita Prize for Persian Arts: Parissa

- We are very pleased to announce the recipient of the 11th Bita Prize for Persian Arts is the acclaimed singer Parissa, for a life dedicated to preserving the best of Iranian classical music and elevating the role of women in this tradition. - 10/2/18

First engineering faculty in Canada named after a woman, Iranian-Canadian Gina Cody

- Gina Cody, MEng 81, PhD 89, is the first woman ever to be awarded a PhD in building engineering at Concordia. On September 24, 2018, Cody made a $15 million gift to Concordia's Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science. In recognition of her generosity and tremendous professional accomplishments, the faculty was renamed the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science. It became the first engineering faculty in Canada named after a woman and one of the first of its kind in the world. - 10/1/18

Fourth Women's Rights Activist Arrested in Iran in Less Than a Month

- Women's rights advocate Maryam Azad was arrested by security agents at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport on September 25, 2018, after boarding a plane scheduled to fly to Istanbul, a source close to the family informed the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 9/28/18

For the First Time in Three Years, Iranian Political Prisoner Narges Mohammadi Has Gone On Furlough

- For the first time in more than three years, imprisoned human rights activist Narges Mohammadi was granted furlough for three days to visit her severely ill father, according to her lawyer Mahmoud Behzadi. Mohammadi's mother, Ozra Bazargan, had written a letter to Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi on September 11 requesting permission for her daughter to go on temporary leave so she could visit her "worried, sick, old father for just an hour." - 9/28/18

Iranian women wrestlers win Classic International Tournament

- The Iranian women wrestling team made history by winning the First International Tournament Women Classic Style on Sunday. Iran claimed two gold and two bronze medals in the two-day tournament held in Beirut, Lebanon. - 9/24/18

IRAN: Nasrin Sotoudeh Sacrifices Family Visits To Protest Prosecutor's Demand She Wear Full Hijab

- Detained human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has given up her family visitation right in protest against a prosecutor's demand that she receive visitors fully draped in a hijab. "The prosecutor has sent a letter to me and my mother warning that if we don't observe the hijab, we won't be able to have visitation," Mehraveh Khandan told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) after attempting to visit her mother in Tehran's Evin Prison on September 16, 2018. - 9/18/18

Iranian Activist Hengameh Shahidi Refuses to Hire New Lawyer Against Judge's Orders

- Detained Iranian political activist and journalist Hengameh Shahidi has defied a judge's order by refusing to hire a new lawyer. "I have been trying to visit my client since her case was sent to court two months ago, but the judge has suddenly ruled against my qualification and demanded my resignation," attorney Mostafa Tork Hamadani tweeted on September 11, 2018. - 9/17/18

Meet Iranian-American Shireen Ghorbani, Rising Candidate for Congress

- Today the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), the connected PAC of PAAIA, proudly announced its endorsement of Democratic nominee Shireen Ghorbani for Utah's 2nd Congressional District Race. If elected, Shireen would be the first American of Iranian descent to hold a position as a member of Congress. - 9/14/18

Let My Daughter See Her Sick Father, Pleads Mother Of Jailed Iranian Activist Narges Mohammadi

- The mother of imprisoned human rights activist Narges Mohammadi has urged Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi to allow the ailing political prisoner to go on furlough (temporary leave) so she can visit her ailing father and receive medical treatment. - 9/13/18

IRAN: Three Detained Women's Rights Activists Should be Immediately Released

- The three women's rights activists arrested by Iran's security forces since September 1-the lawyer Hoda Amid, the sociologist Najmeh Vahedi, and the gender studies student Rezvaneh Mohammadi-should be released immediately, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today. - 9/12/18

IRAN: Women Activists Arrested for Trying to Raise Awareness of Women's Rights in Marriage and Divorce

- Women's rights activists Hoda Amid and Najmeh Vahedi were arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Intelligence Organization in Tehran on September 1, 2018 and taken to an unknown location, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. - 9/6/18

Iranian women not successful at Asian Games in Indonesia

- The Iranian women won just a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games, one gold less than the previous edition, despite a twofold increase in numbers. Iran took part with 57 sportswomen in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, winning two gold, seven silver and seven bronze medals. - 9/4/18

IRAN: Detained Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Refuses to Appear in Court, Begins Hunger Strike

- Prominent defense attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh has gone on hunger strike and refused to appear in court to protest her unjust detainment in Iran's Evin Prison and the harassment of her family members and associates by security agents. - 8/28/18

Iranian Student Activist Sentenced To Seven Years

- A 21-year-old Iranian student and human rights activist, Parisa Rafiei, has been sentenced to seven years by Branch 26 of Tehran's Revolutionary Court, her lawyer has disclosed. Speaking with the state-run Iran Students News Agency (ISNA), Saeid Khalili said her client was tried for assembling and collusion intended to commit a crime against the country's security, propaganda against the regime, and disturbing public order. - 8/28/18

Jailed Iranian Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Starts Hunger Strike

- A prominent human rights lawyer in Iran says she has started a hunger strike while in jail on accusations of antigovernment activities. The hunger strike by Nasrin Sotoudeh was announced on August 25 on the Facebook page of her husband, Reza Khandan. - 8/25/18

Iranian Women And Men Make History By Winning Kabaddi Gold In Asian Games

- Iran won two gold medals in kabaddi on Friday at the 2018 Asian Games underway in Indonesia, bringing the nation's total gold medal count to 12. Women's kabaddi made history in the Games, beating India 27-24 in the final. Men's team, who had ended India's supremacy on Thursday, defeated South Korea 26-16 in the final to win their first ever gold medal in the Asian Games. - 8/24/18

60 European MPs Call on Iran's President Rouhani to Work For Nasrin Sotoudeh's Release

- On August 22, 2018, 60 members of the European Parliament (MEP) called on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to "do all within your power to ensure" the "unconditional release" of human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. A 2012 recipient of the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, Sotoudeh has been detained since June 13, 2018. Having formerly served three years in prison for peacefully defending her clients in the Iranian judicial system, Sotoudeh is currently facing many more years behind prison under several national security charges. - 8/23/18

Nasrin Sotoudeh's Lawyer: "They Came After Her From Three Directions"

- Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh once defended political prisoners but she is now trying to avoid becoming one herself as she wades through the complicated case Iran's judiciary has built against her. Sotoudeh was caught off guard when she was suddenly transported from her home to Evin Prison in Tehran on June 13, 2018. Later she was informed that she was detained due to a five-year prison sentence that was issued against her in absentia in 2015 by Revolutionary Court Judge Mohammad Moghiseh. - 8/16/18

How US Sanctions Impede the Women's Movement in Iran

- While the world's attention was on US President Donald Trump's Twitter war with Tehran the other week, some good news in Iran escaped notice. A group of women's rights activists arrested in front of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs on International Women's Day were acquitted, after initially being charged for planning and participating in a protest on the economic situation of women. -Sussan Tahmasebi, Atlantic Council - 8/11/18

Iranian-American woman Shabnam Lotfi running for Wisconsin's 77th District State Assembly

- The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), the connected PAC of PAAIA, has announced its endorsement of Shabnam Lofti for Wisconsin's 77th District State Assembly. If elected, she would be the first Iranian American to serve in the Wisconsin Legislature. - 8/6/18

IRAN: Detention Order For Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Extended Under Two National Security Charges

- Iran's judiciary has extended the detention of prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is facing two national security charges for peacefully engaging in her profession. "When her one-month detention order expired, they extended it for another month after a 10-day delay," her husband Reza Khandan told the state-funded Iranian Students News Agency on July 30, 2018. - 8/1/18

Support For Compulsory Hijab Waning, Report by Iranian Parliament Says

- The Majles Research Center (MRC) says the number of people who believe in hijab as a religious value, as well as those who believe violating the so-called Islamic dress code is a punishable offense, has been gradually dropping in Iran. - 7/30/18

Iranian Judiciary Closes Acid Attack Cases With No Convictions But Promises Victims Compensation

- Nearly four years after a series of acid attacks on women in the Iranian city of Isfahan, the judiciary has closed the cases without any convictions while pledging to compensate the victims. "This was a public crime that does not go away with the passage of time and therefore it makes no sense to close the case," Iranian Canadian attorney Hossein Raeesi told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on July 19. - 7/21/18

Iranian Girls Burned in 2012 School Fire Protest for Aid in Tehran

- A group of Iranian girls who suffered severe burns in a 2012 school fire have staged a protest in Tehran to draw attention to what they say are broken promises of government aid. An Iranian lawyer representing the 11 girls sent VOA Persian several images showing them and their supporters gathered outside the compound of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday. -Shahram Bahraminejad & Michael Lipin, VOA - 7/20/18

Iran's President Rouhani Renews Calls For Women's Access To Stadium

- Responding to a report filed by his cabinet's sports minister, President Hassan Rouhani has suggested that women's access to Tehran's main stadium, Azadi, should continue. Meanwhile, the general manager of Azadi (Freedom) stadium, Nasser Mahmoudifar, who let Iranian women enter the arena after almost four decades of being banned, says he has been fired for doing so. - 7/17/18

Iran Arrests 46 Fashion Workers Including Eight Models in Hormozgan Province

- Forty-six members of what security officials have described as an online "modeling ring," including 8 female models, were arrested at an unspecified date in the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan according to an announcement by local police chief Gen. Azizollah Maleki on July 16, 2018. - 7/17/18

Detained Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Writes Defiant Letter to Tehran Prosecutor

- Prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has written a stinging letter to the Tehran prosecutor condemning the sentence issued against one of her clients who was arrested for peacefully protesting Iran's compulsory hijab law. "Tell your judges to issue heavier triple-digit sentences and use foul language if they want, but it won't make a difference because women have decided to rule over their own bodies and men are distancing themselves from your actions, which are an insult to their character," Sotoudeh said in an open letter from Evin Prison addressing Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi. - 7/13/18

Bust of Bibi Maryam Bakhtiari unveiled at NLAI: A woman commander in Iran's Constitutional Revolution

- A bust of Bibi Maryam Bakhtiari, a Lorish revolutionary and activist of the Constitutional Revolution, was set at the National Library and Archives of Iran (NLAI) on Tuesday evening. As a military commander, Bibi Maryam played a distinguished role when Bakhtiari tribal forces, with the help of modern arms from the German Empire, successfully captured Tehran in 1909 as part of the revolutionary campaign to force the central government to establish democratic reforms. - 7/13/18

Iran's Forcing of Teenage Girl to Confess on State TV for Posting Dance Video Prompts Strong Outcry

- Forcing a teenage girl to confess on state TV for the "crime" of posting a video of herself dancing on Instagram represents a blatant violation of freedom of expression and demonstrates the extent to which the authorities are brutally imposing their cultural dictates on the people of Iran. The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) condemns the Iranian authorities' arrest and inhumane treatment of 18-year-old Maedeh Hojabri. - 7/10/18

Facing 20-Year Prison Sentence for Taking Headscarf Off in Public, Woman Flees Iran

- Shaparak Shajarizadeh, one of the women who took her headscarf off in public during the ongoing protests against forced hijab that have roiled Iran over the last six months, has been sentenced to two years in prison and an 18-year suspended sentence. Shajarizadeh relayed the sentence, issued for "not observing Islamic hijab" and "encouraging corruption" by Branch 1089 of Tehran's Criminal Court under Judge Abolghasem Salavati, on her Instagram page on July 8. - 7/10/18

Four Iranian Female Sufis Sentenced to Five Years Imprisonment Each Under National Security Charge

- Four followers of Iran's persecuted Sufi Gonabadi Order have been sentenced to five years in prison each after being arrested at a protest in Tehran in February 2018. Dr. Nazila Nouri, Avisha Jalaleddin, Shima Entesari and Sima Entesari were found guilty of "assembly and collusion against national security" by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran in early July 2018. The news was reported via a tweet by Sufi former lawyer Mostafa Daneshjou‏ on July 3. - 7/5/18

Iran: Progress on Ban for Women at Stadiums

- Iranian authorities and the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) should ensure that women and girls can freely attend all future men's sports matches in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 20 and 25, 2018, the authorities opened Azadi stadium's doors to women and men to watch a live screening of the last two games of Iran's national football team at the 2018 World Cup. - 6/29/18

Iranian Journalist and Political Activist Detained For Criticizing Iran's Judiciary

- Well-known journalist and political activist Hengameh Shahidi was arrested upon leaving a hospital in Iran's Kish Island after strongly criticizing state policies on social media and in interviews with foreign media. - 6/29/18

'Victory' For Iranian Women But Loss For Team At Last World Cup Game

- Iranian women have scored another victory as they publicly viewed a World Cup game for only the second time in 40 years, but their team was eliminated from the tournament partly as a result of controversial decisions by referees in a game against Portugal. -RFE/RL - 6/26/18

Hardline Iranian Prosecutor Lashes Out As Women Demand Presence In Stadiums

- Iran's hardline Prosecutor-General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri denounced the presence of women in Tehran's main football stadium Azadi saying he was "ashamed" of telling what has taken place there. On June 20, Iranian women were allowed, for the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, to watch a televised match of their national team against Spain at the 2018 World Cup. - 6/25/18

Open Letter: Distinguished Iranian Women Call on FIFA to Demand Iran End Its Ban on Women in Stadiums

- In an open letter, prominent women of Iranian origin including Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi, Oscar-nominated actress Shohreh Aghdashloo and legendary singer Googoosh have urged the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to demand that Iran end its discriminatory ban on women in stadiums. - 6/24/18

Jailed Iranian Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Rejects Bail Offer

- A prominent Iranian human rights lawyer who was arrested on June 13 has refused to post bail, Iranian news agencies have reported. Sotoudeh had defended women who were prosecuted for protesting against having to wear the Islamic head scarf. - 6/24/18

Iranian Women Can Still Celebrate Despite Team's World Cup Loss

- Iran's soccer team suffered a defeat on June 20, but women in the country still had reason to celebrate after they were allowed to attend a sporting event at a stadium for the first time in nearly 40 years. The World Cup match, which resulted in a 1-0 loss to Spain, took place in the Russian city of Kazan, but Iranian women were able to attend a public viewing of the game in Tehran's Azadi Stadium. - 6/22/18

Iranian Lawyer Arrested For Asserting Executed Sufi Man's Innocence

- Iranian authorities have arrested a lawyer for spreading "lies" after claiming that a Sufi man executed this week was wrongfully convicted of killing three police officers, local media report. The semiofficial Fars news agency said on June 20 that an arrest warrant was issued against Zeinab Taheri for making "false statements" and because of "her lies propagated online claiming [Mohammad Salas] was not guilty." - 6/21/18

Iran Confirms 1 Victim in Alleged Gang Rapes in Southeast

- An Iranian official said authorities investigating accusations of recent mass abductions and rapes of women in southeastern Iran have confirmed that at least one complainant was raped. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 6/21/18

PHOTOS: Skillful women engaged in embroidery in Kerman, Iran

- The skill of crafting embroideries with geometric patterns and vivid colors has passed down from generation to generation in Kerman, southwestern Iran. Many women are engaged in this craft which helps supplement their household's income. -Sare Tajalli - 6/19/18

Iranian Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Charged With National Security Crimes For Representing Hijab Protesters

- Detained Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is facing two national security charges for representing women facing prison time in Iran for peacefully protesting against the Islamic Republic's compulsory hijab law. "During the interrogation, she was told that the charges against her are 'propaganda against the state' and 'assembly and collusion' because she colluded with Ms. Shaparak [Shajarizadeh] in the courthouse in Kashan," Sotoudeh's husband, Reza Khandan, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 6/19/18

Rape Cases Stir Controversy In Iran's Sunni-Populated Baluchestan

- Iran's Prosecutor-General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri has threatened June 18 to prosecute a local Sunni Imam in the city of Iranshahr in the southeastern province of Sistan va Baluchestan for disclosing that 41 girls have been raped in that city. - 6/19/18

41 girls, young women reportedly kidnapped and raped in Iranshahr: One suspect arrested

- Security forces have arrested one of the men suspected of kidnapping dozens of girls and young women in the city of Iranshahr, southeast Iran, the local prosecutor has announced. Iranshahr, a city of 150,000 located in the mainly Baluchi Sunni province of Sistan and Baluchestan, has experienced a spate of kidnappings in recent weeks. Residents learned about the abductions from the city's Friday prayer leader, Sunni cleric Molawi Tayyib MullaZahei, who spoke about the unprecedented series of kidnappings in his June 15 sermon. - 6/18/18

Man Base To Fan Base: Tehran Adds Women To 'Unity' Billboard For World Cup

- A huge billboard unveiled in the Iranian capital this week to boost national unity and fan support ahead of soccer's World Cup has been replaced following widespread anger at its exclusion of women. - 6/16/18

Prominent Attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh Detained Amid Iranian Judiciary's Crackdown on Human Rights Lawyers

- The Iranian Judiciary should immediately release Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent Iranian human rights attorney who was arrested in her home by unidentified agents on June 13, 2018, and taken to Evin Prison in Tehran. Her husband Reza Khandan, who wrote about Sotoudeh's arrest on his Facebook page, informed CHRI that the agents told Sotoudeh that she must serve a five-year prison sentence without providing further details. He added that he and Sotoudeh were unaware of any sentence that had been issued against her. - 6/14/18

Third Woman Sentenced to Prison in Iran For Removing Hijab Slapped With More Charges

- Civil rights activist Shima Babaei: "They said the hijab is the law and I must respect it. I told them it's a bad law and I'm protesting against it in the most peaceful way possible; I've been instigated by no one." - 6/8/18

Katayoun Khosrowyar leading a women's football revolution in Iran

- ​​​​​​​Iran's national team are preparing for the World Cup in Russia to the backdrop of a football revolution back home. Here, Sky Sports speak to the Iranian-American who swapped Oklahoma for Tehran to help transform the women's game in the country. -Nick Wright, Sky Sports - 6/5/18

IAPAC Endorses Anna Eskamani for Florida House 47

- The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), the connected PAC of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans, proudly announces its support for Anna Eskamani for Florida House 47. A first generation Iranian American and an Orlando native, Anna Eskamani grew up in a working-class family who struggled to make ends meet. She has a twin sister, an older brother, and a caring father, but when she was 13 years old, Anna lost her mother to cancer. This loss in her family, coupled with the challenges her parents faced, inspires Anna to work hard for the most marginalized members of her community. - 6/4/18

Vida Ghaffari is the First Iranian-American to be inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame

- On Saturday, May 19th, actress Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Jimmy Kimmel Live) and many celebrities and luminaries in the martial arts world were inducted into the prestigious USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame at their gala at the Doubletree Hilton in Los Angeles. Ghaffari was bestowed with the Trailblazer Award. She is the first person of Iranian descent to be inducted. - 5/23/18

Iran's Rohani Calls For End To Ban On Women At Sports Events

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani has called for a decades-long stadium ban for women to be lifted, according to his office and media reports. "There should be no difference between men and women in Islam, and for that reason women should also be allowed to take part in sports events," Rohani said at a meeting with Iranian athletes in his office on May 22, according to a statement released by his office. - 5/23/18

NYC's Premier Farsi Funk Band, Mitra Sumara, Announces New Album TAHDIG

- Mitra Sumara, New York City's only Farsi Funk group, is proud to announce their debut album Tahdig, set for release on June 8, 2018 on Persian Cardinal Recordings. This international party band revives the vibrant Persian pop and funk music silenced by the Iranian Revolution. The popular music of Iran in the 60s and 70s combined disco, funk, and Latin beats with Middle Eastern melodies and poetic lyrics. Mitra Sumara interprets hits by Iran's beloved singers such as Googoosh, Soli, Leila Forouhar, and remakes intoxicating Southern Iranian Bandari beat tunes. - 5/18/18

AFC Women's Futsal Championship: Iran champions again!

- The Iran women's national futsal team has vigorously ended its campaign at the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Futsal Championship, and defended its title as the champion of the continental tournament. The Iranian sportswomen defeated the Japanese outfit 5-2 in the final showdown of the event at Indoor Stadium Huamark in the Thai capital city of Bangkok. - 5/13/18

AFC Women's Futsal Championship: Iran cruise into final

- Islamic Republic of Iran's title defence remains on track after they beat Vietnam 5-0 to reach the AFC Women's Futsal Championship 2018 Final in style. - 5/10/18

Iranian Opposition Leader Under House Arrest Declines "Limited" Lifting of Restrictions

- Zahra Rahnavard, an Iranian opposition leader who has been under house arrest since February 2011, has declined an unofficial offer for some of the restrictions on her to be lifted, demanding that she and fellow opposition leaders under house arrest-Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi-be freed together and unconditionally. - 5/9/18

Iranian Women Defeat Uzbekistan 9-2 at AFC Futsal Championship

- The Iran women's national futsal team has clinched another emphatic win at the preliminary round of the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Futsal Championship, and proudly advanced to the knockout stage of the continental tournament. - 5/8/18

Cheongju 2018: Iran's Sareh Javanmardi achieves double gold

- Iranian pistol specialist collects individual and team world titles on day three. The crowd began clapping in unison as the remaining two shooters fired their final shots. Amid the intense atmosphere, Sareh Javanmardi was telling herself that she would win - and she did. The Iranian defended her title in the P2 (women's 10m air pistol SH1), as day three of the 2018 World Shooting Para Sport Championships finished on Sunday (6 May) in Cheongju, South Korea. It was one of two individual medal events held on this day. - 5/6/18

British Council Employee Being Held Without Access to a Lawyer by Iran's Intelligence Ministry

- Agents of Iran's Intelligence Ministry have arrested a London-based employee of the British Council, Aras Amiri, and are holding her without access to a lawyer on national security charges, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. - 5/3/18

Iranian Women Reveal How They Entered Male-only Stadium

- Female Iranian soccer fans are becoming more emboldened in their defiance of Iranian regulations that bar them from attending football matches. In recent days, Iranian social media users have been sharing a photo of five young women who disguised themselves as men to attend last Friday's domestic football league match at Tehran's Azadi stadium. The five fans used makeup to give themselves beards and male haircuts as they watched their home team, Persepolis, defeat visiting rivals Sepidrood of the northern city of Rasht. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 5/1/18

Iranians Criticize Rouhani Officials For Blaming the Victim in Video of Morality Police Assaulting Woman

- Several Iranian public figures have criticized Rouhani admin officials for blaming the victim in a video of a woman being assaulted by Iran's morality police. Journalist Fatemeh Jamalpour tweeted: "Some of the reactions have been more upsetting than the incident itself. The interior minister called the woman 'foul-mouthed.' Ebtekar said the incident was 'attributed' to the Guidance Patrol. Mowlaverdi said the way the agents had dealt with the woman's 'improper clothes' was problematic, which means she believes there are good and bad kinds of clothes. Then Tayebeh Siavashi claimed that violence had decreased under the current administration." - 4/25/18

Music Video: Iranian Sisters Urge Men to Join Protest Against Iran's Ban on Women in Stadiums

- The world pop band Abjeez, led by Iranian-born sisters, has released a new music video calling on men to support the growing movement to end Iran's ban on women in sports stadiums. Sponsored by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), Abjeez's "Stadium" was released today on the heels of a multi-language campaign by a coalition of human rights groups urging the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to demand that Iran end its discriminatory ban before the start of the World Cup in June. - 4/25/18

Judiciary Chief Defends Police Officer Who Beat Young Woman

- Iran's hardline Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani has defended the actions of a police officer who beat a young woman in Tehran last week for "insufficient hijab". In his regular Monday address April 23, Larijani said "No one should be allowed to resist a lawful action by the police, or to insult a law enforcement officer." - 4/24/18

Iran's Mina Sadati wins supporting actress Tiantan for "Searing Summer"

- Mina Sadati has won the Tiantan for best supporting actress for her role in Iranian drama "Searing Summer" at the Beijing International Film Festival in China. She received the award during the closing ceremony of the event in the Chinese capital on Sunday, the organizers announced. - 4/23/18

Iran's President Rohani Criticizes Violence By Morality Police

- Iran's President Hassan Rohani has criticized the morality police's use of violence against women failing to observe the compulsory Islamic dress code, state media reported on April 21. Rohani said some believe that "promoting virtue and preventing vice" -- the morality police's stated mandate -- is done "by going to the street and grabbing people by the collar." "Promoting virtue will not work through violence," Rohani said in a speech aired on state TV. - 4/22/18

Four girls to represent Iran at Asian Weightlifting Championships

- The four-member Iranian team traveled to Urgench, Uzbekistan to participate at the 25th Asian Junior Women Weightlifting Championships. The 25th Asian Junior Women and 32nd Asian Junior Men Weightlifting Championships are being held from April 20 to 30 in Urgench, Uzbekistan. - 4/22/18

Iran's Morality Police Assault Woman, Sparking Outrage

- A video of a young woman being wrestled to the ground by Iranian "morality police" for not wearing a hijab properly has sparked outrage on social media and prompted Iran's government to launch an investigation. - 4/20/18

Philanthropist Bita Daryabari Receives Honorary Doctorate And Delivers Golden Gate University Commencement Address On April 27, 2018

- Award-winning philanthropist and humanitarian Bita Daryabari has been selected as the 2018 recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Human Letters from her alma mater, Golden Gate University (GGU), where she will also deliver the commencement address on Friday, April 27, 2018. - 4/18/18

Imprisoned Rights Defender Narges Mohammadi Gives Message of Hope and Strength in Accepting 2018 Andrei Sakharov Prize

- Prisoner of conscience Narges Mohammadi was unable to accept the 2018 Andrei Sakharov Prize in person in Columbus, Ohio where the American Physical Society (APS) awarded it to her but she sent a message of hope and strength in a powerful speech. - 4/16/18

The Iranian American Women Foundation Launches New Los Angeles Chapter and Presents 16th IAWF Women's Leadership Conference on April 29, 2018, in Los Angeles

- The Iranian American Women Foundation (IAWF)-the only non-profit organization providing networking and mentorship services to women of Iranian descent across all professional industries-launches its Los Angeles Chapter and also presents the 16th IAWF Women's Leadership Conference in Los Angeles on April 29, 2018. Azita Raji, the first female U.S. ambassador to Sweden, and the first Iranian-born American to serve as a U.S. ambassador, will keynote the event. - 4/12/18



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