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Sculpture of Maryam Mirzakhani unveiled in Tehran

- An sculpture of renowned Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani was unveiled on September 19 at the National Library and Archive of the Islamic Republic of Iran (NLAI) in Tehran. Mirzakhani, 40, fought with cancer for four years and died of breast cancer at a hospital in the U.S. on July 14. The family of the late mathematician, the director of NLAI, Ashraf Boroujerdi, and other cultural and scientific personalities participated in the unveiling ceremony. - 9/21/17

Producer of "Breath" pleased female filmmaker to represent Iran at Oscars

- Mohammad-Hossein Qasemi, the producer of Iran's submission to the 2018 Oscars "Breath", who is also the husband of the film's director Narges Abyar, said on Wednesday that he was pleased Iran has sent a movie by a female filmmaker to the 90th Academy Awards. "Women have a greater potential for making a film and competing at international events," Qasemi told the Persian service of Tasnim. - 9/20/17

"Women, The Architects Of Peace" congress held in Tehran

- An international congress with the theme of "women, the architects of peace" was held here on Sunday on the occasion of the World Peace Day, which is annually marked on September 21. The congress was held with the cooperation of the Institute for Protection of Women's Rights (IPWR), The UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Peace and Democracy (UNESCO CHRPD) of Shahid Beheshti University, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. - 9/19/17

Females outnumber males by 13% in Iran's 2017 university admissions

- As the final results for the Iranian university entrance exam, also known as Konkur, was announced on Saturday, it was revealed that females outnumber males in gaining admission to higher education by 49,062, or 13 percent higher than males. Out of 378,706 participants who were admitted to the universities nationwide 213,884 (56.5%) are females and 164,822 (43.5%) are males - 9/17/17

'Queen of Iran's Skies' Tells Story of Her Paragliding Career

- Fatemeh Eftekhari, who has become known as the "Queen of Iran's Skies", is the first Iranian female pilot taking part in international competitions. She has great stories to tell about her success. -IFP - 9/15/17

Iranian VP for Women's Affairs Calls Ban on Females in Sports Stadiums "Discrimination"

- Three days after Iranian women were barred from entering a stadium in Tehran to watch an international soccer match, President Hassan Rouhani's top female adviser described the ban as discriminatory. Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar was reacting to Syrian women being allowed inside Azadi Stadium during a World Cup qualifier match between Iran and Syria on September 5, while Iranian women, even those holding tickets, were banned from entry. - 9/13/17

Iranian Women Angered As Syrian Female Fans Allowed Into Soccer Match

- A double standard by Iranian authorities -- who allow foreign women to attend male sporting events while banning Iranian women -- came under fire during a World Cup qualifying soccer match between Iran and Syria. Iranian women, even those who had managed to buy tickets (apparently due a technical glitch), were denied entry and kept behind locked gates at Tehran's Azadi Stadium, where the match was held on September 5. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 9/7/17

Iranian job market shifting toward female workforce

- An investigation into the job market in Iran shows that employment among women has decreased in comparison with men during 2006-2013, but the trend has reversed over the past three years. Although women's participation rate has reached 17 percent in recent years, but the rate of women's entrance to the job market is now more than 50 percent, according to Masoud Nili, a top economic aide of President Hassan Rouhani. - 9/5/17

Iranian Zoroastrian NGO making efforts for women's empowerment

- The Zoroastrian Women's Organization, an NGO founded in 1950 in Iran, is trying to empower women and girls in different aspects, Mehrangiz Shahzadi, the vice president of the organization said here on Monday. The organization follows several goals such as creating jobs for the youth and improving business markets for all walks of life especially for women and girls, Shahzadi said in an interview with the Tehran Times. - 8/31/17

Iranian Judiciary Official Opposes New Proposal Against Domestic Violence

- A senior Iranian judiciary official has voiced opposition to legislation against domestic violence which is being revived by President Hassan Rouhani's government after its first unsuccessful draft in parliament five years ago. - 8/29/17

Iran Says Women Who Are Infertile Or Have 'Too Much Facial Hair' Can't Be Teachers

- If you're a woman and are infertile or have "too much facial hair" you can't become a teacher in Iran, according to a new list of conditions and illnesses issued by the Iranian Education Ministry that disqualifies applicants from being hired as teachers. - 8/25/17

Subversion by Satellite: This All-Female Talk Show Is Making Waves in Iran

- Iran's first all-female talk show judges its success by an unusual measure: how much the government hates it. The pioneering weekly show, Samte No ("New Direction"), launched last October and caused an instant outcry among Iran's religious hard-liners. With a format similar to that of The View, it features three educated, stylish Iranian hosts in Western dress discussing topics ranging from President Donald Trump's state visit to the Middle East to voting rights to fatwas against wearing nail polish or riding a bicycle. -Marie Claire - 8/25/17

Iran Gets Its 12th Woman Mayor

- Iran's twelfth female mayor has been elected for the city of Zanjan, further paving the way for women to reach high managerial posts in the country. Samaneh Shaaddel has taken the helm of affairs in District Two of the city. She used to be in charge of traffic and transportation affairs at Zanjan Municipality for four years before assuming his recent position. She has also served as the deputy mayor of Zanjan for cultural affairs. -IFP News - 8/25/17

In Controversial Move, Iran's New Female Vice President Ordered To Wear Chador

- Before she was appointed as Iran's vice president for legal affairs, law expert and college professor Laya Joneydi followed the obligatory Islamic dress code by covering her hair with a scarf and wearing a coat and pants to cover her body. In announcing her appointment to the cabinet, the Iranian government website posted a statement and a photo of Joneydi wearing the chador, which covers women from head to toe and leaves only the face exposed. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 8/24/17

800 Activists Urge Iranian Parliament to End Child Marriage

- Hundreds of Iranian women and children's rights advocates in Iran are urging Parliament to prohibit underage marriage in the country. "In defense of children's human rights, we call for an end to the phenomenon known as child spouses," said a statement signed by more than 800 activists addressing members of Parliament on August 12, 2017. - 8/18/17

Iranian labor market on path to gender transformation

- Iranian society has undergone tremendous change in past decades, with women continuously playing a role in this transformation. Indeed, Iranian women have long sought a more active presence in society, gradually distancing themselves from the cliche of being mothers or wives. Today, they make up almost 70% of university applicants and half of the graduates. -Maysam Bizaer, Al-Monitor - 8/18/17

Iranian women claim 9th place at Asian Volleyball Championship

- Shifting to high gear in the latter part of the game, Iran served a sweet revenge to Australia in a 5-set thriller, 19-25, 25-18, 20-25 25-22, 15-10 to snatch the 9th place at the SMM 19th Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship in Manila, Philippines on August 16, 2017. - 8/17/17

Iran defeats Hong Kong at Asian Women's Volleyball Championship

- Manila, Philippines - Iran bucked a slow start to wallop Hong Kong, 21-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-15 and keep their dream of occupying a more decent placing alive at the SMM 19th Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship here. - 8/15/17

Iranian Women's Rights Activist Demands Rouhani Provide Reasons for His Exclusively Male Cabinet

- President Hassan Rouhani must explain why he didn't nominate women to serve in his new cabinet, feminist researcher Nahid Tavasoli told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) in a recent interview. "Dr. Rouhani should explain why and based on what expedient principle did he decide not to reinstate [Vice President for Women and Family Affairs] Shahindokht Mowlaverdi?" she said. "He made all these promises about utilizing competent women in key positions and ministries, but didn't deliver. Why?" - 8/15/17

Iran book ticket for 2018 Men's Volleyball World Championships

- Iran, the only Asian team competing in the FIVB World League Group 1 this season, qualified for the 2018 FIVB Men's World Championships. On Sunday, the Iranian team eased past Kazakhstan 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-16) in Pool A at the 6,000-seater Rezazadeh Stadium. - 8/13/17

Iran: Rohani Names Two Women Vice Presidents, But None In Cabinet

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani has named two women as vice presidents, a day after proposing a government that included no women in cabinet positions. Rohani's presidential website announced August 9 that he appointed Masumeh Ebtekar as vice president for women and family affairs and Laaya Joneidi as vice president for legal affairs. - 8/9/17

Asian Women's Volleyball Championship: Iran suffers loss against Chinese Taipei

- Iran started the 19th edition of the Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship campaign with a loss against Chinese Taipei. Akram Ghahremani's team lost to Chinese Taipei 3-1 (25-15, 25-27, 25-17, 25-20) in Group D. - 8/9/17

British delegation meets family of jailed British-Iranian woman

- A delegation from London has met with the family of Nazanin Zaghari, a British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran since April 2016, Tehran confirmed on Monday. "The British delegation which had visited Tehran to participate in the swearing-in ceremony (of President Rouhani) met the family of Zaghari," Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi told a press conference in Tehran. - 8/8/17

Why Shirin Neshat complicates 'Aida' at the Salzburg Festival

- New York-based Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat is known for her photography, video installations and films. Her work has largely dealt with women's issues in Iran, exploring taboos and touching on gender and cultural conflicts. At this year's Salzburg Festival, she is the stage director for a new production of Verdi's opera "Aida," starring Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, who debuted in the role to resounding applause on Sunday evening. -DW - 8/8/17

International Iranian Women's Leadership Conference in London

- The Iranian American Women Foundation is hosting its 15th Women's Leadership Conference in London, in association with Persia Educational Foundation. This world-class event is expected to attract over 400 participants from across America, Asia and Europe. - 7/27/17

Iranian woman Elham Sadat Asghari swims into Guinness Book of World Records

- Iranian female swimmer Elham Sadat Asghari has managed to swim her way into the Guinness Book of World Records. The 36-year-old Iranian sportswoman recently completed the challenge of swimming handcuffed for more than three hours non-stop in the Persian Gulf waters off the coast of the southwestern port city of Bushehr - 7/26/17

Iranian cyclist Zaynab Sasanian loses her life in car accident

- Member of the Iranian national women's cycling team, Zaynab Sasanian, has been killed in a road crash, while driving her car in the country's northwestern city of Ardabil. The 19-year-old Iranian sportsman lost life early on Monday, when her car collided with a tree in the University of Mohaghegh Ardabili Street of the city, located 594 kilometers northwest the capital Tehran. - 7/25/17

Jasmin Moghbeli, Badass Astronaut

- In the rarefied world of space travellers, nasa's new astronaut class--seven men and five women, picked from a record-breaking eighteen thousand applicants--includes one, nicknamed "Jaws," who played basketball at M.I.T., is a Marine Corps major, and was decorated for flying Cobra gunships on a hundred and fifty combat missions in Afghanistan. The astronaut candidate is also an immigrant-an Iranian-American, the only one with roots in the Middle East since the first class of astronauts was selected, in 1959. -Robin Wright, New Yorker - 7/21/17

Iranian Lawmakers Aim To Scrap Discriminatory Citizenship Law

- The status of the daughter of the late Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has inspired an Iranian lawmaker to propose new legislation. A group of Iranian lawmakers are looking to scrap a longstanding law that denies citizenship and equal rights to Iranian children born to foreign fathers. -Frud Bezhan, RFE - 7/20/17

Performance in Stanford: "Autumn Dance" follows three tormented Iranian women experiencing exile...

- Autumn Dance, written and directed by Shabnam Tolouei, follows three tormented Iranian women experiencing exile, even while living in their own country. Bita, a journalist, and Mojdeh, a prostitute, are both imprisoned in Iran's infamous Evin prison. The third, Yekta, lives in exile in Paris. The simple elegance of the play allows the audience to be transported from Tehran to Paris, to uncover the connection between these three women. - 7/20/17

'Positive Signs' Seen by Supporters of British-Iranian Woman Jailed in Tehran

- A British opposition lawmaker campaigning for the release of a British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran for more than a year has welcomed signs that the British government is trying harder to free her. In an interview with VOA's Persian Service, lawmaker Tulip Siddiq said she was pleased that the government held a parliamentary debate Tuesday on the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. Siddiq spoke to VOA via Skype video from outside Parliament shortly after the debate concluded. -VOA - 7/19/17

Iranian women's presence in job market up 40 percent: Report

- The number of women in the Iranian job market has experienced a 40 percent growth over the past three years, Irantalent.com reported. The report, which is related to the previous Iranian calendar year (March 2016-March 2017), puts women's share of employees in branches of international companies at 29 percent, in privately-owned companies at 32 percent, and in state-run organizations at 20 percent. - 7/19/17

Married Women in Iran Still Need "Permission" to Travel Abroad Under Amendment to Passport Law

- An amendment proposed by the Iranian Parliament's Women's Block to the country's Passport Law does nothing to ease state restrictions on married women's ability to independently travel abroad, a legal expert told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 7/19/17

Maryam Mirzakhani was a 'milestone' for Iranian women's successes: President Rouhani

- "The unparalleled brilliance of this creative scientist and yet humble person which made the name of Iran resonate in the world's scientific community was a milestone in introducing the grand efforts and determination of Iranian women and youth for climbing the peaks of success in various international fields," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a message on Saturday. - 7/17/17

Contradictory Laws Exasperate Debate Over Iranian Women's Observance of Hijab in Cars

- The growing number of women refusing to cover their hair while driving in Iran, especially during the hot summer months, has resulted in renewed threats of arrests for violations of the country's mandatory hijab law. - 7/17/17

Iranian Mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, First Woman To Win Fields Medal In Math, Dies At 40

- Mirzakhani in 2014 won the Fields Medal, the mathematics equivalent of the Nobel Prize that is awarded every four years by the International Congress of Mathematicians. The medal is given to people aged 40 or younger who make major contributions to math. She received hers for her "striking and highly original contributions to geometry and dynamical systems," the committee said at the time. Mirzakhani died in an undisclosed U.S. hospital after the cancer she had been fighting for four years spread to her bone marrow. - 7/16/17

Iranian Activist and Mother of Slain Protester Summoned to Court Same Day Intelligence Minister Denounces Arrests of Activists

- Human rights activist Shahnaz Akmali was summoned to court for unspecified charges on the same day the head of Iran's Intelligence Ministry-the authority that initially arrested her-announced his opposition to the arrests of peaceful activists. - 7/16/17

Iranian math genius Maryam Mirzakhani battles cancer recurrence at US hospital

- Internationally-renowned Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has been hospitalized in the US for deteriorating health conditions caused by cancer recurrence. According to one of her relatives, Mirzakhani is currently receiving treatment at a hospital in the US after medical tests confirmed that cancer has spread to her bone marrow a few weeks ago, the Iranian Haft-e Sobh daily reported. - 7/13/17

Rights Activists Urge Iran's President Rohani to Nominate Women to His Cabinet

- "If women were given the opportunity, they could show that they are equally capable and competent [as men] at serving in high levels of government," journalist and women's rights activist Asieh Amini told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). "We have many well-qualified women in politics, business, social services and cultural affairs who could handle being ministers or even the president," she added. - 7/13/17

Iranian Soccer Stars Call For End To Ban On Women Spectators

- Ali Karimi, who is widely regarded as one of the best Iranian players of all time, expressed hope on July 10 that "the conditions are set with the help of" President Hassan Rohani and the Iranian Football Federation (FFIRI) "for women to enter stadiums" as spectators. Weeks earlier, Iranian national team captain Masud Shojaei called on Rohani to lift the ban. - 7/11/17

Iran Air appoints first female CEO

- For the first time, a female board member of Iran Air - the Iranian flag carrier - has been appointed as the airline's chief executive officer. Farzaneh Sharafbafi will replace the current CEO Farhad Parvaresh. - 7/11/17

Iranian Women: Zahra Inche Dargahi elected as Iran's Gymnastic Federation president

- Zahra Inche Dargahi was elected as the President of the Iran's Gymnastic Federation. Inche Dargahi received 24 votes (out of 44) in the presidential elections held at the Iran's Academy Olympic on Monday. Inche Dargahi has been elected for a four-year term till 2021. - 7/10/17

How Five Iranian Women Built Iran's Biggest Female Portal

- In 2015, five long-time friends were at a bridal shower in Tehran when they came up with the idea to launch a website dedicated to the needs and wants of Iranian women. The five female founders launched the site, Benita, last May which has now grown to 40 employees and a monthly reach of 2 million unique users and 23 million page views until May 2017. -TechRasa - 7/7/17

Iran finishes third in 2017 World Taekwondo Championships

- Iran men's national taekwondo team has put in convincing performances at the 2017 World Taekwondo Championships in South Korea, and ranked third at the end of the high-status international event. On Friday, the Iranian team stood on the third podium, having garnered 46 points. Also on Friday, 18-year-old Iranian taekwondo practitioner and bronze medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Kimia Alizadeh Zenoozi, got the silver medal in the women's minus 62-kilogram class. - 7/1/17

Persistent Iranian Women's Movement Chipping Away at State Ban on Females in Sports Stadiums

- The peaceful battle by women's rights activists geared towards ending the ban on female spectators in Iranian sports stadiums is inching forward despite ongoing opposition by religious conservatives. "Women's rights activists are pursuing this matter from every direction, but athletic officials are asking us to allow change to happen gradually without a ruckus," journalist and civil rights advocate Saba Sherdoust told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) in a recent interview. - 7/1/17

Iranian Officials Warn Strict Punishment for Women Caught Wearing "Bad Hijabs" as Summer Heat Begins

- Women caught with "bad hijabs" in Mazandaran Province, northern Iran, will face criminal prosecution and their vehicles will be impounded, warned a local prosecutor on June 27, 2017. 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 clothing and are less observant of the mandatory hijab, the head-to-toe-covering Islamic dress code that women are expected to observe at all times in public. - 6/30/17

Islamic Feminist Scholar: No Better Time For Iran's President Rouhani to Nominate Women to His Cabinet

- President Hassan Rouhani should honor his campaign pledges to women and nominate them to serve in his second-term cabinet, a scholar of the Quran and women's rights activist told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). "Social conditions are ripe for female ministers," said Jila Movahed Shariat Panahi, the author of "A New Interpretation of Women's Rights from the Quran's Point of View," in a recent interview. - 6/27/17

Iran's oil industry paves way for capable women

- Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh has issued an order, paving the way for women with high capabilities to boost presence in the oil industry. As per the ministerial decree which released on Sunday, all gender discrimination between male and female employees should be removed for all occupational positions, except for working on oil and gas platforms. - 6/20/17

Ailing Iranian Political Activist Detained Without Charge Subjected to Three-Month Solitary Confinement and Renewed Interrogations

- More than three months after her arrest and detainment, ailing political activist Hengameh Shahidi has not been charged and is in poor health while being subjected to interrogations and solitary confinement in Evin Prison, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 6/19/17

Iranians rally behind soccer player suspended over wife's modeling

- Last June, Mohsen Forouzan, a goalkeeper formerly with Tehran's Esteghlal Football Club, posted a photo on Instagram to announce his engagement to Iranian model Nasim Nahali. The photo quickly triggered reactions since Nahali was unveiled and the timing of the post coincided with the holy month of Ramadan. The Young Journalists Club, which is affiliated with Iran's state broadcaster, immediately described it as "a matter far [removed] from Sharia and ethics." -Zahra Alipour, Al-Monitor - 6/17/17

Iranian actress Golab Adineh wins Brooklyn's Best Artistic Achievement Award

- Golab Adineh won the Best Artistic Achievement Award at the 20th Brooklyn International Film Festival, for her acting in 'Abji' (The Sis), directed by Marjan Ashrafizadeh. - 6/15/17

Why Iranian women are wearing white on Wednesdays

- A new social media campaign against a law which forces women to wear a headscarf is gaining momentum in Iran. Using the hashtag #whitewednesdays, citizens have been posting pictures and videos of themselves wearing white headscarves or pieces of white clothing as symbols of protest. -Nassim Hatam,BBC - 6/15/17

Manijeh Mir-Emaidi, A Devotee of Iranian Art and Culture

- Sorrowfully, Manijeh Mir-Emadi (Naseri), painter, the founder and editor-in-chief of the first Iranian bilingual Art Magazine and Iranian Art Publishing left this world on 10 June 2017. Her main concern particularly in the past twenty years was to introduce Iranian Art and Artists to the world and lovingly devoted all she had in this path. -Roya Monajem - 6/13/17

IRAN: Some Female Sports Fans Allowed to Watch Men's Volleyball Match in Tehran, But Ban Persists

- After being denied entry into Iran's sports stadiums since 2012, hundreds of women were allowed inside Tehran's 12,000-seat Azadi Arena on June 9, 2017 to watch a FIVB World Volleyball League match between Iran and Belgium. - 6/13/17

FIVB Volleyball World League: Iran defeats Belgium 3-2 in Tehran

- A stunning all-round performance by Milad Ebadipour, who scored 20 points for Iran by contributing to a 3-2 (23-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-23, 15-12) victory over the European opponent in their first-ever encounter at FIVB World League. - 6/10/17

Iranian Cleric's Comments Likening Loosely Veiled Women To Prostitutes Spark Backlash

- Judging women by the degree to which they respect the compulsory hijab is nothing new in Iran. In the past, hard-liners have accused so-called "badly veiled women" of being responsible for everything from social ills to natural disasters. But recent comments by the Friday Prayer leader of the central Iranian city of Saveh, who likened women who don't fully respect the Islamic head scarf to prostitutes, appear to mark a new low. -Golnaz Esfandiari - 6/9/17

An Iranian Woman Breeding Crocodiles Calls For Support

- Mojgan Roostaei is the only Iranian female entrepreneur who works on crocodile breeding in the country. Roostaei, 33, is one of the exemplary job creators in the southern province of Hormozgan. She has called officials for providing financial support to improve her first-of-its-kind job. - 6/6/17

Appeals Court Strikes Down Additional Charges by IRGC Against Imprisoned Iranian Rights Activist Atena Daemi

- Imprisoned children's rights activist Atena Daemi has ended her hunger strike after she and her sisters were acquitted of additional charges brought by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that resulted in additional time added onto her seven-year prison sentence. - 6/5/17

Avideh Zakhor: the brains behind Google Earth and Street View

- For one of Silicon Valley's most important inventions, we can thank Avideh Zakhor, creator of the technology that brought us Google Earth and Street View. Before there was Google Earth and Street View showing us around the world, there was Zakhor and her team driving a truck loaded with sensors around Berkeley and flying in a helicopter overhead to gather imagery, mapping part of the city in three dimensions. -Ethan Baron, San Jose Mercury - 5/30/17

In Remote Iranian Province, Women Make Gains At Ballot Box

- Iran's sprawling southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan Province is notorious for insecurity, poverty, drug trafficking, and deadly clashes between security forces and militants. More recently, however, it made headlines this month for sweeping a record number of women onto city and village councils. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 5/26/17

Iranian Women Face Bias in the Workplace: Human Rights Watch

- Laws and policies that discriminate against women interfere with Iranian women's right to work, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Women confront an array of restrictions, such as on their ability to travel, prohibitions on entering certain jobs, and an absence of basic legal protections. - 5/25/17

Women win highest ever seats in Tehran City Council election

- Six women have been elected to Tehran's 5th city council election, registering a record high out of the total 21 members. The number of female councilors has been doubled in the 5th council elections compared with the previous rounds, in which women's number was not more than three - 5/23/17

Rouhani's Unlikely Supporters

- According to the polls, incumbent Hassan Rouhani is the frontrunner in Iran's upcoming presidential elections, which will be held on May 19. However observers acknowledge that the win is still not guaranteed and that Rouhani faces a tough re-election. According to Rouhani supporters, the greatest threat facing Rouhani is not posed by election rivals but by an apathetic public who may choose not to participate in elections or, even worse, boycott Friday's vote. -Sussan Tahmasebi, LobeLog - 5/18/17

Iranian Women's Rights Activists Use Elections as "Opportunities" to Put Forth Demands

- A member of the Women's Citizenship Center, a non-governmental organization in Tehran, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) that women's rights activists are increasingly using their leverage as an important voting block to put forth their demands during elections. - 5/17/17

Women and the Iranian Elections

- A group of women's rights activists issued a statement on May 6 outlining their demands for the next president of Iran. The statement, which calls for improved economic opportunities for women, reform of discriminatory laws, access to public spaces such as sports stadiums, and more appointments for women to managerial and cabinet positions in government, has received some press and attention. But it seems unlikely to bring about significant change in the focus or discourse of the presidential hopefuls. -Sussan Tahmasebi - 5/11/17

Iranian Authorities Block Attempts by Gold Medalist's Husband to Stop Her From Competing Abroad

- For the second time, Iranian authorities have allowed two-time Iranian Paralympic gold medalist archer Zahra Nemati to travel abroad to compete despite her estranged husband's attempts to force her to stay home. According to Article 18 of Iran's Passport Law, a married woman needs her husband's permission to travel abroad. - 5/11/17

Pedestrian walkways, bike lanes, green spaces: An unusual election platform for a politician in Iran

- Last month, in a surprise, Taraneh Yalda, a 62-year-old architect, won the approval of Iran's conservative election monitors to run for a seat on Tehran's City Council. Hailing from a family of artists and musicians, and educated in Italy and France, Yalda is one of a handful of progressive candidates in a field of more than 2,700 vying for 21 places on the council. -Los Angeles Times - 5/11/17

Iran futsal players finish 3rd in Victory Day Women Cup 2017

- The national Iranian women's futsal team has finished its campaign at the 8th edition of International Futsal Tournament for Women National Teams in Russia, and finished in the third place at the end of the four-nation tournament. - 5/10/17

Prominent Iranian Political Activist Faezeh Hashemi Barred From Speaking at Rouhani Campaign Event

- Speeches by reformist politicians and supporters of incumbent president Hassan Rouhani have been cancelled ahead of the May 19, 2017 presidential election, including two by former member of Parliament Faezeh Hashemi. Hashemi, an outspoken political activist and the daughter of the late former President Akbar Hashemi Rafasanjani, was prevented from speaking at the opening of Rouhani's campaign office in Arak, 148 miles south of Tehran, on April 30. - 5/6/17

Iranian Female Soccer Player Publicly Decries Ban For Playing Without Hijab

- A professional soccer player who once played for the Iranian women's national futsal team has publicly spoken out against a ban she says was imposed on her for not wearing the hijab while playing the sport during a private trip abroad. - 4/29/17

Meet the Iranian tycoon smashing gender stereotypes

- Businesswoman, city councillor and social activist Fatemeh Daneshvar tells Al Jazeera that she fears 'nothing but God'. -Al Jazeera - 4/29/17

Former Council Member Advocates For Women Candidates in Iran's Local Elections

- Political parties and factions in Iran should promote more women candidates in the country's local council elections to improve gender equality, Sedigheh Vasmaghi, a former Tehran city council member, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 4/28/17

Dual National's Husband Urges UK to Secure Her Release From Iran

- The husband of Nazanin-Zaghari Ratcliffe, an Iranian-British citizen imprisoned in Iran since April 2016, is urging the British government to secure her release now that Iran's Supreme Court has rejected the second appeal of her five-year prison sentence. - 4/26/17

"In order to Create, One must First Destroy": An Interview with Parvaneh Etemadi

- According to Parvaneh Etemadi, she has acquired Bahman Mohassess' taste and Jalal Al-Ahmad's courage. She is Frank. Yet, frankness is just one of her personality. She challenges the current form of knowledge and cognition and expresses far-fetched concepts with new modules, which provokes positive and negative reactions to her approach. Last year, her name appeared on the 11th list of 500 artists of the world together with four other Iranian artists, Farhad Moshiri, Reza Derakhshani, Ali Banisadr and Shirin Neshat - 4/25/17

Iran's Golab Adineh wins Best Actress Award at Beijing Film Festival

- Iranian actress Golab Adineh won the Best Actress award for her inspiring performance in Marjan Ashrafizadeh's 'Abji' (The Sis). The film narrates the story of two women who have lived together for more than 50 years, but the situation doesn't remain the same and then the time comes to part ways. - 4/25/17



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