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In Iran, Women's Basij Leader Demands Persecution Of Gender-Rights Activism

- Minou Aslani, head of the Women's Basij organization in Iran, has condemned efforts to increase the number of women in parliament and opposed campaigns to curb domestic violence as perceived assaults on Iranian society and traditional family values. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 12/7/16

I Want to Cry Like Soraya

- Don't we all? On the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary of the passing of Iran's Queen Soraya Esfandiary Bakhtiari, Joobin Bekhrad remembers her and two other Iranian luminaries who also met their untimely ends in Paris -Reoirent - 12/6/16

Iran women's rugby sevens team vice champion at Germany tournament

- Iran national women's under-22 rugby sevens team has made quite an achievement at a four-team round-robin tournament in Germany, finishing in the second place at the end of the event. - 12/5/16

Rights Activist Files Complaint Against Iran's Revolutionary Guard Agents for Excessive Force

- The young human rights activist Atena Daemi has filed a formal complaint against agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) for using excessive force when transferring her to Evin Prison to begin her sentence, she said in a letter written to a source who wished to remain anonymous due to security concerns. - 12/5/16

Iranian Female Soccer Pros Featured on Next 60 MINUTES SPORTS on Showtime

- American citizen, who grew up in Tulsa, Okla., has become a leading coach in Iran's nascent professional girls' soccer program, and she tells Lesley Stahl she sees an increasing number of women and girls playing the sport across the country. Stahl goes to Iran to speak to Katayoun Khosrowyar and see this so-called soccer revolution first-hand on the next edition of 60 MINUTES SPORTS -Broadway World - 12/5/16

German-Iranian Assistant for Berlin Film Festival Barred from Leaving Iran

- Nooshafarin Dastoori, the dual national translator for a prestigious film festival, was prevented from boarding a flight to Germany at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport and her passport confiscated as she was leaving the country together with her colleague on November 27. - 12/2/16

Iranian chess master Sara Khademalsharieh sustains 1st loss in FIDE Grand Prix

- Iranian International Master and Woman Grandmaster Sarasadat Khademalsharieh has sustained her first loss at the Federation Internationale des Echecs (FIDE) Women's Grand Prix in Russia, going down to a representative from China in the ninth round of the final leg of the tournament. - 11/30/16

Iranian Women's Rights Activist Arrested After Attending Workshop in Georgia

- Photographer and women's right activist Alieh Matlabzadeh has been undergoing interrogation in Evin Prison since November 26 when Intelligence Ministry agents took her into custody without charge, her husband, Sadra Abdollahi, said in an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Twenty Others Who Attended Women's Empowerment Workshop Also Questioned. - 11/30/16

A157, documentary on victims of ISIS, goes to French film festival

- Behrouz Nouranipour's chilling war documentary 'A157' will be screened at the 14th International Festival Signes de Nuit in France. The shocking documentary 'A157' which has been recently awarded by Library International Film Festival of India and won the Special Jury Award at Iran's Cinema Veritere, relates the horrors of war and terrorism in Syria, with a focus on three pregnant girls recounting their stories of war, violence and sexist conquest in a land where people have no more dreams. - 11/23/16

Iranian girls crowned in world junior taekwondo championships

- Young Iranian female taekwondo practitioners have put a tremendous end to their campaign at the 11th edition of the WTF World Junior Taekwondo Championships in Canada, claiming the top podium place at the conclusion of the high-status tournament. - 11/22/16

Activist Who Lost Parents in "Chain Murders" of Iranian Dissidents Summoned to Court

- Prominent rights activist Parastou Forouhar, whose parents were slain by agents of the Iranian government during a series of murders of dissidents beginning in the late 1980s, has been summoned without a given reason to appear in court at Evin Prison on November 22, 2016. - 11/22/16

Stars of Tomorrow: Iran's Mobina Nejad Katesari

- Nobody can confirm whether or not if it is a world record, but everybody in Burnaby is talking about it: The incredible run by Iran's Mobina Nejad Katesari on Day 1 of the 2016 WTF World Taekwondo Junior Championships. Over a day of fighting that ended with her being crowned world champion in the female -42kg category, she scythed her way through the opposition, scoring 73 points and conceding none. - 11/21/16

Iran taekwondo practitioner Parisa Javadi earns bronze in world junior championships

- Iranian taekwondo practitioner Parisa Javadi has managed to grab a bronze medal in the 11th edition of the WTF World Junior Taekwondo Championships in Canada. On Saturday, Javadi triumphed over her Spanish opponent in the first round of the female minus 63-kilogram contests at the Bill Copeland Sports Center in the western Canadian city of Burnaby thanks to a golden point. - 11/21/16

Childhood's End: Forced Into Marriage At Age 10 In Iran

- At first, it sounds like a charming love story: Playmates who grow up side by side in an Iranian village go on to get married. But when Leila was wedded to Ali, she was 10 years old. He was 15. "It was nighttime and I was asleep. My neighbors rang the doorbell and came in and put a ring on my finger," Leila, whose name has been changed to protect her privacy, told RFE/RL's Radio Farda in an interview. "That's how I got married." -Golnaz Esfandiari - 11/17/16

From Serving in the White House to Storytelling in VR and NPR, Meet D.C.'s Most Influential Iranian-American Women

- From the Oval Office to the most powerful American boardrooms, Iranian-American women are among the most hardworking of this country's changemakers. On November 13th, The Iranian American Women Foundation (IAWF) will feature many of these women... -Davar Ardalan, Huffington Post - 11/7/16

Iranian President Appoints Another Woman To His Cabinet

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani has appointed a woman as a new vice president and to lead the country's Tourism and Cultural Heritage Ministry. In a statement on his website on November 5, Rohani said he was naming Zahra Ahmadipour to the new positions, becoming the third woman in his cabinet. - 11/7/16

IRAN: Pressured by Hardline Group and Revolutionary Guards, University Forces Former Political Prisoner out of Teaching Job

- Hengameh Shahidi, a former reformist journalist and political prisoner, has been fired from her teaching position at an Iranian university following threats of violence from a hardline conservative group and pressure from the Revolutionary Guards. - 11/1/16

Iranian-American Tackles Big Brother with Performance Art

- Advocacy, coupled with an interrogation of her cultural heritage, is at the soul of Persian-American artist Amy Khoshbin's video and performance art. She's currently in residence at Mana Contemporary, as part of Mana BSMT, the museum's collaborative hub supporting emerging artists, where her performative installation The Myth of Layla is on view through November 12. -Creators Project - 10/31/16

Iranian Political Prisoner Remains Jailed Two Years After Family Posts $362K Bail Amount

- Two years ago the family of political prisoner Maryam Akbari-Monfared posted an unusually high bail amount for her temporary release on furlough, but her husband says Iran's Intelligence Ministry is blocking her release from Evin Prison's Women's Ward, where she has been held since 2009. - 10/31/16

Call for Iran to Release Imprisoned British-Iranians Heats Up As Families and MPs Petition UK Government

- The petitions were delivered on October 24, 2016 with a letter co-signed by 117 Members of Parliament (MPs) and members of the House of Lords calling for the release of 77-year-old Kamal Foroughi, 37-year-old new mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, and 50-year-old Roya Saberinejad Nobakht. - 10/30/16

Mother Who Founded Group Memorializing Massacred Iranian Political Prisoners of 1988 Summoned to Court After Flight Ban

- Mansoureh Behkish has been banned from leaving Iran and summoned to court for her role in founding the "Mothers of Laleh Park," also known as the "Mourning Mothers of Iran," a group formed by mothers whose children were killed in the Islamic Republic's massacre of political prisoners in the summer of 1988. - 10/30/16

Iranian women grabs 2nd victory at Asian Roller Skating Championships

- The national Iranian women's inline hockey team has captured its second victory in a row at the preliminary round of the 17th edition of Asian Roller Skating Championships in China, overcoming the strong South Korean side. - 10/28/16

Iran's Sareh Javanmardi receives Allianz Best Female Athlete of the Month for September

- Sareh Javanmardidomani has been voted by the public as the Allianz Best Female Athlete of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, completing a double victory for Iran as compatriot powerlifter Siamand Rahman received the Best Male honour last week. - 10/24/16

Iranian actor calls for famous actress in exile to be welcomed back

- Javad Hashemi, a famous Iranian actor who is best known for his blockbuster roles as a compassionate Basij soldier, has caused controversy by saying in a televised interview, "If I were in office in the Islamic Republic and [Golshifteh Farahani] said that she wanted to return, I would say 'come back.'" -Misha Zand, Al Monitor - 10/20/16

A political prisoner is challenging Iranian state impunity while serving a 15 year sentence

- Maryam Akbari Monfared is a political prisoner in Iran serving a 15 year sentence and is now taking the state judiciary to court for the unlawful execution of four of her siblings and the imprisonment of her mother, all of whom were political prisoners in the 1980s in Iran. Akbari Monfared, a mother of three, has another brother alive and he is also a political prisoner currently serving a 17-year sentence in Iran. - 10/19/16

Interview: Iranian Affairs Expert Sahar Nowrouzzadeh

- Sahar Nowrouzzadeh is an Iranian American with a distinguished career in foreign policy, having started her career in public service in 2005 at the United States Department of Defense as a Foreign Affairs Analyst and later becoming a Team Chief. Subsequently, she joined the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Affairs Officer and in 2014 began a two year rotation as the Director for Iran on the White House's National Security Council under President Obama... - 10/17/16

Iranian Lawmakers Call For Release Of Activist Narges Mohammadi

- A group of Iranian lawmakers have written an open letter to the head of the judiciary calling for the release of Narges Mohammadi, a journalist and activist who is serving a lengthy prison sentence. Mohammadi was arrested last year after launching a campaign to end the death penalty in Iran. She was sentenced to 16 years in prison in May for founding the movement, which was deemed to be an illegal splinter group. - 10/17/16

Iranian woman entrepreneur Soheila Pirmoradian to receive EBC*L Prize

- Iranian businesswoman Soheila Pirmoradian is amongst selectees who will be honored with European Business Competence* License) EBC*L Women Entrepreneur Awards, during a ceremony scheduled to be held in Paris on November 3. - 10/16/16

Iran's Fatemeh Moqimi nominated for Asia-Pacific Women Entrepreneur Award

- Iranian female entrepreneur Fatemeh Moqimi has been nominated for the Asia-Pacific Women Entrepreneur Award. Moqimi, who also holds a seat at Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA), was chosen by the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) Women Entrepreneurs Council (CWEC) to vie with other nominees for the award - 10/15/16

Women's sports in Iran after the Revolution

- Tonia Valioghli is a veteran Iranian swimmer, record holder and former member of Iran's National Team and is currently a competitive swimming coach in Germany. She is a physical education graduate from Iran and a sports commentator. Zamaneh Media spoke to her about the situation of women's sports in Iran before and after the Revolution and the recent controversy emerging in the sidelines of the Women's World Chess Championship set to be held in Tehran in February 2017. - 10/15/16

Prominent Iranian Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi Rejects Prison Sentence in Stinging Open Letter

- In an open letter from Evin Prison prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi has strongly rejected the Appeals Court's decision upholding her harsh prison sentence, describing it as a "tyrannical" way to silence her activism. - 10/15/16

Meet The Designer Who Survived 40 Lashes And Is Now On A Quest To Make Fashion Free

- Swimwear designer Tala Raassi has always loved fashion. However, for a girl growing up in war-torn Iran, dressing how she liked was forbidden. During her childhood and teenage years, Iran government imposed extreme regulations on a woman's dress code. Women were to be completely covered. Tala was only able to wear the trend-driven fashion she loved so much in the privacy of her own home. -Konbini - 10/14/16

Iran: Overturn Stadium Restrictions for Women

- The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) should cease awarding Iran the right to host FIVB international tournaments until the country ensures that female spectators can freely attend volleyball matches in the country, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Ary Graca, the sports federation's leader. Graca was re-elected as the FIVB's president at the sports federation's 35th World Congress this week in Buenos Aires. - 10/13/16

Know Your Street Art: In Memory Of

- The three women in the Clarion Alley mural In Memory Of are familiar to anyone steeped in Iranian literary history. Simin Daneshvar, Simin Behbahani, and Forough Farrokhzad are iconic figures in Iran, known for their poetry and fiction. -Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Weekly - 10/13/16

Iranian Child Bride Faces Death Penalty

- Human rights activists say an Iranian former child bride, whose execution was delayed while she was pregnant, could be executed in the coming days. Zeinab Sekaanvand, a 22-year-old Iranian-Kurdish woman, was convicted of killing her husband, whom she says beat her for months. - 10/12/16

Report Cites Child Marriage For Girls As Major Problem

- A new report using UN statistics estimates there are about 700 million girls around the world who were forced to get married before the age of 18. The Save the Children report -- issued on October 11 to mark International Day Of The Girl Child -- said a girl under 15 is forced into marriage every seven seconds and that many girls only 10 years of age are being forced to marry. - 10/11/16

Iran Rights Champion's Latest Prison Term Aimed At 'Instilling Fear,' Says Exiled Husband

- When Narges Mohammadi's activist husband resolved in 2012 to leave Iran to escape yet another jail sentence connected to his political activities, she stayed behind with their two children. "She believed she could be more effective inside the country," Taghi Rahmani, a political activist who had been in and out of Iranian prisons for two decades and had a conviction hanging over his head, said of his wife recently from Paris, where he has since been joined by their 9-year-old twins. -Golnaz Esfandiari - 10/10/16

Chess Grandmaster Khademalsharieh says World Championship is necessary for Iranian women

- After many of the highest-ranking female players have called for a boycott of the next year's world Chess Championships in Iran, Sarasadat Khademalsharieh said that the championship will help the Iranian women to participate in the most important event in the country for the first time. Khademalsharieh, 19, is an Iranian chess player who holds the titles of International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM). - 10/9/16

Iran's first female triathlete Shirin Gerami set to make history at Ironman Kona

- With her journey to the Ironman World Championship, Shirin Gerami aims to change the way women of Islamic faith approach-and are permitted to approach-sport, especially triathlon. -Brian Dessart, Sports Illustrated - 10/9/16

Your Boycott Won't Help Iranian Women

- Some international players are saying they don't want to wear head scarves, but they seem to be making this statement for Iranian women, too: Iranian women shouldn't have to do this, so we'll make a stink. But this kind of protest -- outsiders who think they know best -- is exactly the opposite of what most Iranian women want, and is at the heart of what's worst about policing how Muslim women dress. -Azadeh Moaveni, New York Times - 10/9/16

Iranian Women Athletes Excluded from Bodybuilding

- Head of Iran's Bodybuilding Federation announced that women bodybuilders and their four male coaches who arranged for them to participate in international competitions have been suspended. The federation adds that it will adhere to the ruling of the court in this matter. - 10/6/16

Calls for chess boycott over Iran's hijab laws

- Calls for a boycott of next year's Women's World Chess Championship in Tehran, in protest at Iran's strict hijab laws, have prompted a big debate inside Iran in both the official and social media. -BBC - 10/5/16

Zinat Daryaee: The Great Entrepreneur of Qeshm Island

- Walking at a pavilion near Goftegoo Park in western Tehran, the music of natives from southern Iran attracts all the visitors. The largest pavilion of Qeshm Island, part of Hormozgan Province, is run by a female entrepreneur, Zinat Daryaee. Zinat Daryaee, whose name means adornment of the sea, is really a jewel in the heart of Qeshm Island in the Persian Gulf. - 10/4/16

My wife, imprisoned in Iran for six months and counting

- Today marks six months since my wife, Nazanin, was taken and put in an Iranian prison. It marks six months since Gabriella, our two-year-old daughter, had her passport confiscated so that she would be kept in Iran. Nazanin is a charity worker in the UK. Nazanin and Gabriella were in Iran on holiday, visiting Nazanin's parents. On April 3, while on their way home, Nazanin was arrested at the airport check-in desk. Since then it has been another world. -Richard Ratcliffe - 10/4/16

Susan Polgar: Women Chess Players Need To Respect 'Cultural Differences'

- World's top chess official Susan Polgar says that the women players need to respect 'cultural differences' after many of the highest-ranking female players have called for a boycott of the next year's world championships in Iran. They are going to boycott the competition after being told that they'd need to compete wearing hijabs. - 10/2/16

U.S., EU Call On Iran To Free Jailed Death Penalty Activist

- The United States and European Union on September 30 called on Iran to free Narges Mohammadi, a journalist and activist whose 16-year prison sentence was recently upheld by Iranian courts. - 10/1/16

Imprisoned Iranian Journalist Denied Knee Operation

- Imprisoned newspaper columnist Afarin Chitsaz urgently needs a knee operation, but the authorities have refused to allow her to be transferred to a hospital, according to her lawyer. - 10/1/16

Under the Shadow: feminist Iranian film is one of the best horrors of the year

- Under the Shadow, a horror set in 1988 Tehran and Iranian director Babak Anvari's first feature, took Sundance by storm. Out this week, it is not only one of the best horror films this year but also the newest feminist reading of the genre. -The Conversation - 9/30/16

Upholding 16-Year Prison Sentence of Iranian Political Prisoner Narges Mohammadi is Indefensible

- The upholding of the 16-year prison sentence against human rights defender Narges Mohammadi by Iran's Appeals Court for her peaceful work is cruel and indefensible, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said in a statement today. Mohammadi, winner of the 2011 Per Anger Prize for her activism in human rights, was arrested in 2009 - 9/29/16

'It's wonderful to be home,' Homa Hoodfar says after landing in Montreal

- Homa Hoodfar arrived in Montreal this morning to hugs and cheers after being detained in an Iranian prison since June. "It's wonderful to be home and united with family and friends again," Hoodfar said at a news conference at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport, as she smiled and clutched the hand of her niece, Amanda Ghahremani. -CBC/Radio-Canada - 9/29/16

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
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