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Iran Releases Canadian-Iranian Professor Detained on 'Security Charges'

- Iran says it has released a retired Canadian-Iranian professor, who had been detained on "security charges." A foreign ministry spokesman, quoted by the official IRNA news agency, said Homa Hoodfar was released on humanitarian grounds. - 9/26/16

Women in Iran defy fatwa by riding bikes in public

- Women in Iran have been posting photos on social media of themselves riding bicycles, defying a fatwa forbidding them from cycling in public. It had been understood women that could cycle as long as religious concerns were respected. But when asked recently, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, said women were not allowed to cycle in public or in the presence of strangers. -BBC - 9/22/16

Females outnumber males in 2016 university admissions in Iran

- As the final results for the Iranian university entrance exam, also known as Konkur, was announced, females who got admitted into the universities outnumbered males. According to Sanjesh Organization, an Iranian organization in charge of coordinating and administrating Konkur, 57 percent of those admitted into the universities are females. - 9/21/16

Lecture by Homa Sarshar at UC Davis - Incast and Outcast: Yesterday, Today, and Everyday A Story of Personal Experience

- Homa Sarshar is a published author, award-winning journalist, writer, media personality, philanthropist, and arts advocate. She is the author of four books and the editor of eleven other volumes, including five volumes of the Iranian Women's Studies Foundation Journal and four volumes of The History of Contemporary Iranian Jews. Herlatest book Sha'ban Jafari was the number one best seller Persian book in Iran and abroad in the year 2003. - 9/19/16

Pouran Derakhshandeh's "Hush, Girls Don't Scream" wins two awards in U.S.

- Iranian film 'Hush, Girls Don't Scream', by Pouran Derakhshandeh, won the Best Feature Film and Best Actor awards at the 12th Action on Film Festival held in Monrovia, California. - 9/18/16

Iranian Woman Archer Zahra Nemati Takes Paralympic Gold

- Iran won their second archery gold at Rio 2016 on Thursday (15 September), after Zahra Nemati claimed the women's individual recurve open title. "There was just a feeling that I had that I knew I was going to win today," Nemati said. "That's why I was very calm and relaxed. I just knew I could do it. - 9/16/16

Rio 2016 Paralympics: Iran's Sareh Javanmardi wins 2nd shooting gold medal

- Iranian female sports shooter Sareh Javanmardi has received a second gold medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. -On Wednesday, the 31-year-old sportswoman participated in P4 mixed 50-meter pistol SH1 competitions at the Olympic Shooting Center in the western Rio neighborhood of Deodoro. She racked up 189.5 points to claim the top position and finish as champion. - 9/15/16

Five-Year Prison Sentence for Dual National Woman Casts Shadow Over Iran's Opening to World

- The five-year prison sentence for Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, a dual citizen of Iran and the UK who has been inside Iranian prisons for the past five months, lacks any legal justification, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said in a statement today. The Campaign asked the Iranian government to immediately release Ms. Zaghari, as well as the other dual citizens imprisoned in similarly politicized cases. - 9/13/16

Iranian Women Stoke Surfing Revolution

- An intrepid group of women is riding the waves of change in deeply conservative Iran. "We said, 'Let's make a surf culture here and we can make it grow into a surf school and it can grow bigger and bigger and bigger,'" the 32-year-old events manager Mona Seraji told NBC News. "I was really into surfing my entire life. What could be better than that?" - 9/12/16

Rio 2016 Paralympics: Iran's Sareh Javanmardi Dodmani wins historic gold at women shooting event

- Javanmardi made history by becoming Iran's first ever female gold medallist in shooting para-sport winning the P2 (women's 10m air pistol SH1) event. "I am very happy that I could get the very first quota for the Islamic Republic of Iran and the very first gold medal for my delegation," said Javanmardi Dodmani. - 9/10/16

UK-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe 'jailed on secret charges'

- A British-Iranian mother has been jailed for five years in Iran on "secret charges", her husband says. Richard Ratcliffe said charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was arrested in April, had called him from prison and said: "I can't bear to be in this place any longer." -BBC - 9/10/16

Iranian Women's Cycling Barred by Law or Sharia?

- Tehran police forcefully dispersed a crowd of cyclists who had gathered in Tehran's Laleh park for a weekly gathering of the Tuesdays: No Car Day. On 6 Sept, Tehran police prevented green campaigners from holding a group ride in Tehran. Javad Heydariyan, reporting from Tehran says that the police's action were despite the fact that some government officials were also among the mixed gender crowd. - 9/8/16

Filmmaker Tahmineh Milani tries her hand at photography

- An exhibition of photos by Tahmineh Milani, the director of "Ceasefire" psychodrama, opened at Tehran's Aryana Gallery on Saturday. A number of actors and artists attended the opening ceremony, which was concurrent with the 56th birth anniversary of the director, who is also a graduate of architecture - 9/6/16

Making History: Seema Ghiassi Kennedy, Britain's First MP of Iranian Descent

- Seema Ghiassi Kennedy has earned herself a spot in the history books: she is the British Parliament's first member of Iranian descent, elected in May 2015 as the MP for South Ribble (in Lancashire, North West England). Though she left Iran at the tender age of four, her Persian roots are still a big part of who she is. -Kayhan London - 9/6/16

Women's cooperatives in Iran create some 119,000 jobs

- Some 119,000 Iranian female employees are working in women's cooperatives across the country, Vahideh Negin, an advisor to the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labor, and Social Welfare said in Tehran on Friday. - 9/6/16

Interview with filmmaker Anahita Ghazvinizadeh

- I had the pleasure to sit down with Anahita, a vivacious yet calm spirit, who is eagerly gearing up to tell woven tales of childhood-adulthood transitions. I witnessed her as a person, an artist, and as a storyteller. Anahita herself if outspoken but not brazen, opinionated but soft, whimsical and playful, open-minded and open-hearted. -Misha Nasrollahzadeh, TheTehranTimes - 9/5/16

Jailed Canadian prof in Iran can 'hardly walk or talk,' say relatives

- After three months in solitary detention, the Canadian-Iranian university professor Homa Hoodfar's health has declined to the point that she can barely walk or talk, her relatives say. In a statement released Tuesday, the family of Prof. Hoodfar said the 65-year-old Concordia University anthropologist had to be hospitalized as her condition worsened since being held after June 6 at Tehran's Evin Prison. -Globe & Mail - 8/31/16

PHOTOS: Iran opens doors to women motorcyclists

- The Motorcycle and Automobile Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran (MAFIRI) has allowed the Iranian women to take part at the motocross race. Mahmoud Seydanlou, the head of Iran's Motorcycle and Automobile Federation, paid tribute to the motorcyclists women at the Azadi complex motocross race in Tehran. - 8/30/16

Iranian-Belgian woman Raheleh Asemani shines at Rio 2016 Olympics

- Raheleh Asemani, a taekwondo practitioner who was representing Belgium in Rio 2016 Olympics, also came close to earning a medal in the Women's 57 kg taekwondo competitions. Asemani lost the contest for bronze medal to Hedaya Wahba of Egypt, while her countrywoman Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin won a bronze medal in the same weight category to become the first Iranian female Olympian. - 8/21/16

President Rouhani congratulates Iran's first female Olympic medalist

- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani extends his congratulation to taekwondo practitioner Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin for becoming the first Iranian female Olympian after winning the bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics Games. Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin received huge coverage by the Iranian media. Many newspapers covered the story prominently on their front pages. - 8/20/16

Taekwondo Player Kimia Alizadeh Is First Iranian Woman To Win Olympic Medal

- Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin claimed the first ever Olympic medal by an Iranian woman in Rio on Friday. Alizadeh, 18, defeated Sweden's Nikita Glasnovic 5-1 in the under-57kg division to win the historic medal. "I am so happy for Iranian girls because it is the first medal, and I hope at the next Olympics we will get a gold," said Alizadeh, who wears a head covering under her headguard. - 8/19/16

Preschool to PhDs: Iranian-American Women Discuss the Future of Education

- Join the Iranian American Women Foundation's Northern California Chapter as we hear from Iranian American women changing the field of education, from pre-K to college. Since 2010, the Iranian-American Women Foundation (IAWF) has set the stage to empower and inspire Iranian-American women of all ages and career paths through its nationally recognized annual Women's Leadership Conferences. - 8/18/16

Prominent Iranian Human Rights Activist Mehrangiz Kar to Teach at California State University, Northridge in the Fall

- The Iranian government has made it clear that it doesn't like what Mehrangiz Kar has to say about what is happening in Iran or how Islamic law impacts women. The prominent Iranian lawyer, writer and activist doesn't care. - 8/17/16

From Sa'dabad to Zanjan: First all-women car rally to be held in Iran

- The first women-only car rally in Iran will be held on August 23-28, it was announced at a press conference at Sa'dabad Palace in Tehran last week. The rally will start at Sa'dabad Tourism Complex in Tehran and will end in the city of Zanjan, passing through Iranian provinces of Alborz and Qazvin. - 8/16/16

Iran Olympic protest: Woman asked to take down sign

- A female Iranian activist who held a protest banner during a volleyball match at the Rio Olympics was asked to take it down and leave by security staff. Darya Safai's sign read: "Let Iranian women enter their stadiums." -BBC - 8/14/16

Iranian athletes fail to clinch medals at Rio 2016 Olympics's athletics competitions

- Iranian men and women athletes have demonstrated lackluster performances at the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and have fallen short to claim a single medal at the major international multi-sport event. - 8/13/16

This Iranian-Born Actress Is Changing the Acting World

- After graduating with honors in biology from the University of California, Irvine, Nazanin Boniadi swapped the security of a ­medical career for her dream of becoming an actor. "Luckily, nine months after I made that decision, I got my SAG card," she says. She landed her first role as a nurse on the soap opera General Hospital: The Night Shift. -Nina Terrero, TIME - 8/12/16

Iran's Nemati Bows Out Of Rio Olympics But Urges Disabled To Compete

- Iranian archer Zahra Nemati, a disabled trailblazer who in one of many firsts was Iran's flag-bearer in the Rio Olympics, exited from the games on August 9 after a loss to Russia's Inna Stepanova. Nemati, who won the gold medal in archery at the London Paralympics in 2012, was quickly eliminated by Stepanova in a first-round encounter, leaving the Iranian shaken. - 8/10/16

Rio 2016 Olympics: Iranian rower says she lost by just few seconds

- Iranian female rower Mahsa Javar says she lost out her contest at the rowing events of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to globally distinguished athletes with just a few seconds' delay. - 8/10/16

Anti-Pollution Initiative Stymied by Ban on Women Riding Bicycles in Public

- Women's rights activists and environmentalists joined forces in the city of Marivan, in Iran's Kurdistan Province, after a local anti-pollution initiative encouraging people to ride bikes or walk instead of using their cars ran aground when security agents objected to women riding bicycles in public. - 8/9/16

The surprising women of Iran

- Cambridge photojournalist challenges perceptions of Iranian women in latest exhibit: Photojournalist Randy H. Goodman returned to Iran after 33 years to see how life has changed for women since her visits to the country to document the hostage crisis at the U.S. embassy and the Iran-Iraq War. -John Michael Baglione, Harvard - 8/9/16

Iranian Ritual Performer Aram Khalkhali Selected As Peace Ambassador Of MusicFestival Of Montignac

- Montignac festival was held from July 26 to July 31, 2016 in the town of Montignac, France. At the closing ceremony, Ms. Khalkhali delivered the Peace Message to the other groups and as the representative of the festival expressed the international great aspiration for Peace on Earth. - 8/7/16

Rio Olympics 2016: Iran's Elaheh Ahmadi earns sixth place in women's 10m air rifle

- Elaheh Ahmadi of Iran finished in sixth place, scoring 122.5 in the women's 10m air rifle on Saturday. "I worked hard for two years to earn my first Olympic medal but unfortunately finished in sixth place," Ahmadi said. - 8/7/16

'She lived her life to the fullest': Iranian woman who fought red tape to remain in Canada dies of cancer

- Fatemeh Kamkar, the Iranian woman who battled both cancer and bureaucratic red tape while earning her PhD in cellular and molecular medicine at the University of Ottawa, has died. -Ottawa Citizen - 8/5/16

British-Iranian Aid Worker Charged In Tehran's Revolutionary Court

- A British-Iranian aid worker detained since early April and accused of trying to overthrow Iran's government has appeared in Tehran's Revolutionary Court for the first time, her family said on August 2. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband, Richard Ratcliffe, dismissed accusations she sought a "soft toppling" of the government. - 8/3/16

I'll win a medal at the Olympics: Iranian woman shooter Elaheh Ahmadi

- "I've worked hard during the last couple of months and I think I'm completely ready to win my first Olympics medal. I've strong opponents who are all world champions but I've beat them in the past," Ahmadi said. - 8/3/16

Iranian-Swedish woman among winners of top European math prize

- Iranian-Swedish mathematician, Sara Zahedi, has been awarded a prominent prize by the European Mathematical Society. This is the top honor for young European mathematicians awarded once every four years, according to NPR. - 8/2/16

Iran's Rohani Orders Delay In State Recruitment Exams To Address Gender Quotas

- President Hassan Rohani has ordered the postponement of state recruitment exams for Iranians seeking government jobs, saying that gender quotas must be fixed and based on "justice." Rohani's order on July 31 followed Iranian media reports alleging that some of the 13 state bodies participating in the exam, which had been scheduled for September 6, have quotas that discriminate against women. -Golnaz Esfandiari - 8/2/16

Iran's Conservatives Lash Out at New Female Fashion Trends

- Iran's anti-vice squads, also referred to as the morality police, are particularly busy in the hot summer months when Iranian women wear lighter clothes and are less observant of the mandatory hijab. But this year the squads are focusing on a new "threat:" women wearing clothes with large English words on them. - 7/22/16

New Law Reduces Employment Prospects for Women in Iran

- Iran's Parliament has ratified an amended law that reduces the working hours of female employees with certain family obligations by eight hours per week. Although the law requires employers to pay these women full-time wages, rights advocates say the law will harm the employment prospects of women entering the job market and reduce the job security of those already employed, as employers balk at the costs the legislation will incur upon them. - 7/15/16

Jailed Iranian Human Rights Defender's Mother Calls On Rohani To Intervene

- The mother of jailed Iranian human rights defender Narges Mohammadi has called on President Hassan Rohani to intervene in the case of her daughter, who has been on hunger strike for two weeks. Mohammadi, one of Iran's top rights activists, has reportedly refused to eat since June 27 to protest a refusal by prison officials to allow her to speak to her Paris-based children on the phone. - 7/12/16

Iranian Women Sports Spectators: In or Out?

- Images of spectators participating in the third week of the world volleyball championships in Tehran revealed a number of women inside the stadium. In the past years Islamic Republic official have barred Iranian women from entering stadiums to watch sports events. - 7/8/16

Female Musician Makes Waves in Male-Dominated Afghanistan

- In a conservative and traditional country like Afghanistan, where women can be burned, lashed and stoned simply for their gender, it takes a lot of courage for a young woman to play music in public. Fazila Zamir has plenty. -Sitara Sadaat, Huffington Post - 6/29/16

Ailing Iranian Political Prisoner Denied Critically Needed Medical Care for Her Diabetes

- Political prisoner Nahid (Omolbanin) Gorji has been denied adequate medical care even though she is suffering from diabetes and heart disease, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 6/28/16

Meet Alaleh Kianerci; The Prosecutor Named Checked In The Brock Turner Stanford Rape Letter

- Alaleh Kianerci is the Santa Clara Deputy District Attorney attorney who fought to get Brock Turner prosecuted. She's been practising law since 2007 when she was admitted to the bar and, prior to that, she attended the University of California Santa Barbara and then the Santa Clara University of Law. -The Brief - 6/24/16

New Report: Inside the Women's Ward: Mistreatment of Women Political Prisoners at Iran's Evin Prison

- Political prisoners held in the Women's Ward at Iran's Evin Prison are routinely denied medical care and hospitalization, face severely restricted or denied visitation rights even with their young children, are deprived of regular telephone contact with their families, and are not provided adequate nutrition, according to a report released today by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 6/21/16

Iranian female karate fighter earns second spot at WKF Karate 1 rankings

- Iranian karate fighter Hamideh Abbasali has been placed second in the latest edition of the World Karate Federation (WKF) Karate 1 rankings. According to the rankings released by the largest international governing body of karate with over 130 member states, the 26-year-old Iranian sportswoman racked up 980 points to stand behind a representative from Switzerland. - 6/21/16

Iranian Conservative Group Says Support for Feminism is Support for Killing Babies

- Promotion of feminism was equated by Iran's Deputy of Women's Social and Cultural Council, with a call to murder of babies. This week Mehrangiz Rouhafza was quoted as saying: "Those who promote feminism are advocating the cause of pro-abortion groups which in other words is a promotion of the deliberate murder of babies." - 6/17/16

Iran Accuses British-Iranian Woman Of Seeking To Overthrow Government

- Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has accused a British-Iranian woman arrested in April of seeking to "overthrow" the clerical establishment. The IRGC made the accusation in a June 14 statement published by Iranian news sites. - 6/15/16

UN Body Calls for Immediate Release of Bahareh Hedayat

- The United Nation's Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has issued an opinion on the case of the Iranian women's rights activist and human rights defender, Bahareh Hedayat, demanding her immediate release. The opinion ruled Hedayat's imprisonment since 2009 is arbitrary and against international law. - 6/15/16

Women to hold 45% of labor market share in Iran by 2026: Official

- By the next ten years about 45 percent of the Iranian labor market will be in the hands of women, Moslem Khani, an advisor to the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare said in Tehran on Monday. - 6/14/16

Iranian-Canadian Academic Detained During Visit to Iran

- Iranian-Canadian woman Homa Hoodfar, a scholar and expert on gender and development in Islam, was arrested on June 6, 2016 during a visit to Iran after being summoned to Evin Prison in Tehran. - 6/9/16

New Iranian Bill Aims to Keep Women Out of Workforce

- A bill that would reduce the working hours of female employees, which was passed in the last days of Iran's outgoing Parliament on May 10, 2016, is as an attempt by the state to "bring the 'out-of-control half of society' back under its control," a women's studies expert told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 6/7/16

Iranian female MPs to focus on empowering breadwinner women

- Implementing a comprehensive plan aimed at empowering women heads of families is the priority of female members of the parliament, MP Soheila Jelodarzadeh said here on Saturday. - 6/7/16

Starless Dreams: Documentary about dreams, nightmares, and hopes of girls in the rehabilitation center for juvenile delinquents in Tehran

- Starless Dreams by the award-winning Iranian director Mehrdad Oskouei will be screened at Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York on June 10 and 11. This is the first film ever made about girls in the correctional and rehabilitation centers of Iran. The film has gained much critical acclaim and won prestigious festival awards already. - 6/6/16

Persian Easy Rider: Globetrotting Biker Girl Takes on the World

- An intrepid Iranian adventurer named Mahsa Homayounfar has travelled thousands of kilometers around the world on her motorcycle. -Sputnik - 6/3/16

Iran: Women Prisoners Collectively Punished For Baha'i Leader's Meeting with Activist during Her Furlough

- Inmates at the Women's Ward in Evin Prison have been told that their furloughs (temporary leave) have been canceled and that they will no longer be able to send letters to relatives, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 6/2/16

In Iran, an Actress, a Bared Arm and a 'Woman Power' Tattoo

- A popular Iranian actress whose latest movie won two awards at the recent Cannes Film Festival threw her native country into an uproar on Tuesday after images emerged suggesting that she had a feminist tattoo on her arm. -Thomas Erdbrink, NY Times - 6/1/16

'Homeland' actress: Iran, free jailed British-Iranian mother

- Once, I hoped to return to Iran. Like Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the woman who now sits in an Iranian jail, I longed to visit family, friends, the land of my birth. Her arrest last month, the latest in a string of arrests of dual nationals lured back to Iran, has thrown cold water on my hopes, for now. The oppressors, for the moment, have won. -Nazanin Boniadi, CNN - 5/25/16

UN Experts Outraged By Jailing Of Iranian Rights Activist

- A group of United Nations officials have expressed outrage about the conviction and sentencing of a leading human rights activist in Iran on charges that include membership in a campaign for the abolition of the death penalty. - 5/22/16

How an Iranian woman snuck into a football stadium only open to men

- A young Iranian woman has become a star among fans of the Persepolis football team after she snuck into a match, which women are forbidden to attend. She took to social media to show how she disguised herself as a man to get in. -France 24 - 5/22/16

Confessions of a Dangerous Model

- A film about an interrogation session was aired by the media inside Iran. In it the Tehran Prosecutor General, is interrogating a woman, a famous fashion model: Elham Arab. Elham Arab is a female bridal fashion model that stirred much controversy when she made a guest appearance in a TV program called Mah-e Asal (Honeymoon). She is now the subject of a publicly aired interrogation and prosecution. - 5/19/16

Anti Death Penalty Activist Sentenced to 10 years in Prison in Iran

- Narges Mohammadi, human rights and anti death penalty activist who is the vice president of the Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran was sentenced to 16 years in prison. On 18 May 2015, Judge Abolghasem Salavati who heads the 15th division of Tehran Islamic Revolutionary Court stretched the already long prison sentence of Narges Mohammadi by sentencing her to 16 years in prison. - 5/19/16

Iran's Fashion Industry under Assault; Details of Arrests of Models by Revolutionary Guards Surface

- Eight people working in Iran's fashion industry have been arrested and formally charged in an industry wide crackdown led by the Revolutionary Guards. Cases have also been opened on another 29 people, and most of the 170 fashion industry workers who have been targeted during the past six months have also been interrogated, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 5/18/16

Kering, Cannes honor Iranian Filmmaker Ida Panahandeh

- Kering, a leading world company for apparel and accessories, and the Cannes Film Festival honored Iranian filmmaker Ida Panahandeh with the Women in Motion young talent award on Sunday. - 5/18/16

Women Prevented from Attending Iran's Premier League Finale

- Iranian women were once again blocked from attending a major public sports event alongside men as the police stopped women from entering Tehran's Azadi Stadium for the finale of Iran's Premier League soccer season on May 13, 2016. - 5/18/16

Iran Arrests 8 for 'Un-Islamic' Online Modeling

- Iranian police have cracked down on women posting pictures of themselves online with their hair uncovered. Eight female models who posted photos of themselves uncovered have been arrested and charged with "un-Islamic acts." Women in Iran have been required to cover their hair in public ever since the 1979 revolution. - 5/17/16

Maryam Mirzakhani, First Iranian Woman to be Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

- Maryam Mirzakhani, a Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University, was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences. One of the highest honors for scientists in the United States, new members are elected by current members based on their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. - 5/13/16

Cleric Calls On Khamenei To Back Female Lawmaker Barred From Parliament

- A prominent Iranian cleric has called on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to intervene in the case of a reformist lawmaker who has been barred from taking her seat in parliament after photos published on social media reportedly showed her not wearing a hijab. - 5/13/16

Iranian women barred from provincial stages as classical concert tours

- The third leg of Shahram and Hafez Nazeri's Persian classical music concert tour is set to kick off in Isfahan on May 19 and 20, and the group's female musicians have been banned from appearing on stage. - 5/10/16

British-Iranian Woman Detained In Iran

- A British-Iranian citizen has reportedly been in jail in Iran for over a month. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliff, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters foundation, was detained at Tehran airport on April 3 by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) while returning to London where she lives, her family said. - 5/9/16

Iran Through The Eyes Of A Teenage Amateur Astronomer

- "Every day, every night, I dream of floating in space." These are the words of Sepideh, an Iranian teenage girl who is in love with astronomy and wants to be an astronaut. -Salman Hameed, NPR - 5/9/16

Iranian MP decries unclear reason for candidate's elimination

- Iranian MP Ahmad Tavakoli has expressed serious reservations about the Guardian Council's disqualification of Minoo Khaleghi, the candidate who won the third-highest number of votes in Isfahan, and said the lack of transparency around this decision compromises the council's credibility. - 5/8/16

Women in Iran's Parliament: Opportunities and Challenges

- Iran's tenth parliament will begin its term in June boasting many firsts, including the highest number of female parliamentarians. In Iran's first round of parliamentary elections, 14 female MPs were elected, and, according to the results of Iran's run-off parliamentary elections held on April 29, an additional four women have been elected as MPs. - 5/6/16

Female Journalist, Sentenced to Ten Years, Beaten in Iran Prison

- The mother of imprisoned newspaper columnist Afarin Chitsaz will make a judicial complaint to protest the beating of her daughter in prison. Maryam Azadpour, who recently broken her silence on Chitsaz's case, described her daughter's ordeal in an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 5/3/16
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