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Iran Seeks To Offset Advancement Of Women In Medicine

- "Parisa" is among the thousands of young women who have transformed the once male-dominated field of medicine in Iran. Whereas men made up 70 percent of the country's medical students and physicians about 20 years ago, women have reversed the situation to the point that women like Parisa now account for 70 percent of Iran's medical students. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 4/23/14

Iran's Unemployment Statistics for 2013: Women's Unemployment Rate Rises Further

- The latest figures published by the Iran Statistical Center indicate that the average rate of unemployment in 2013 for women had risen to be twice as high as those for men. This increase in the ratio between men and women took place while the overall rate of unemployment in the country fell by 1.7 percent in the same year. -Niusha Saremi - 4/22/14

Iran: President Rohani speaks up for equality in Women's Day speech

- One day after Iran's Supreme Leader denounced gender equality as a Western cliche, Iranian President Hassan Rohani stressed the need for gender equality in all strata of the country, adding "the fear of women's presence and their excellence" should not be attributed to Islam and religion. - 4/21/14

Iran's medical schools to limit female enrollment

- Medical schools in Iran will restrict admission to women in the coming academic year, the Shargh daily reports. The report indicates that the number of women in the medical field has risen from 42 percent of total admissions in 1992 to 68 percent in the last year. - 4/8/14

Afghan Women Await Poll Results With Hope

- Hopes are high that Afghanistan's election Saturday may result in the country's first peaceful transition of power in more than a century. Militant attacks and electoral fraud are the main threats to the vote for a new president, who will take over after President Hamid Karzai ends his second term. Afghan women, whose freedom has often been curtailed, also worry about their future under a new government. -Zlatica Hoke, VOA - 4/5/14

Gingerly, Iran begins to rock out

- In 2008, Iran banned all pop music. But a recent female solo performance signals growing freedom in a country where heavy metal musicians have been told to stay seated on stage. -Scott Peterson, CSM - 4/1/14

Women can play larger role in Iranian economy

- Iran is facing a socioeconomic issue in women's unemployment. According to an article published in the March 2014 issue of Iran Economics, only 13% of the workforce consists of women and the latest official statistics for women's unemployment stands at 15.6%, though unofficial unemployment figures for this group is 38.3%. Furthermore, only 9.2% of the entrepreneurs in Iran are women. -Al-Monitor. - 3/27/14

Iranian Women in Film and TV: A Panel Discussion, Seminar in Los Angeles

- Noor Iranian Film Festival in association with Iranian American Women's Leadership Conference proudly present a Panel Discussion and Seminar with Shohreh Aghdashloo, Mahnaz Afshar, Nazanin Boniadi, and Necar Zadegan. Moderated by Homa Sarshar. - 3/26/14

Iranians Discuss Nancy Fraser's and Women of Color's Critiques of Feminism

- Nancy Fraser's recent article, "How Feminism Became Capitalism's Handmaiden and How to Reclaim It" has led to some interesting discussions among Iranian women and men inside Iran and in exile. In her article, Fraser argues that the second wave of feminism has abandoned its original ideal of social justice and has been co-opted by capitalist careerism. -Frieda Afary, Zamaneh - 3/14/14

'Modelling Iranian style': surgical alterations and the 'porn star' look

- There is a "fever for modelling" in Tehran right now, says a photographer who has been working in the field for 20 years, as the profession has become a "status marker" in a vanity-driven culture. And the look that's in vogue among female models is far from what many would consider natural Iranian beauty. -Sara Afzal, Guardian - 3/14/14

EU diplomat's meeting with Iranian women draws fire

- On her first trip to Tehran, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton met with Gohar Eshghi, the mother of Sattar Beheshti (the jailed blogger who was pronounced dead three days after his arrest by the Tehran Cyber Police) and women's rights activist Nargess Mohammadi. - 3/11/14

Tehran authorities withdraw permits for Women's Day events

- International Women's Day events in Tehran were cancelled on March 8 after authorities withdrew the permit. Women's rights activists such as Elaheh Kolayi, Alieh Shekarbeigi and Soraya Azizpanah were set to speak at the event, which was organized by the independent women's group Asr-e Kherad in collaboration with the Etemad Newspaper and the Iranian Sociological Association in a program entitled "Women Must Get Organized." - 3/10/14

Photos: Iranian Woman Mahnaz Mirzaei Rules Sarapardeh Coal Mine!

- Mahnaz Mirzaei was born in 1980 in the town of Zarand in Kerman province of Iran. She received a Bachelor of Mining Engineering from Kerman's Shahid Bahonar University. Mirzaei who is interested in tough or in her words "manly" jobs, chose to work at a coal mine. In 2005, she started working at an underground mine. Because of her hard work, dedication and interest, she was promoted to the head of the mine in 2006. - 3/8/14

Release Shafipour, Hedayat, and All Other Iranian Women Prisoners of Conscience

- As the world prepares to honor and promote the economic, political, and social achievements of women on International Women's Day, Iran has sentenced yet another young woman, Maryam Shafipour, for her peaceful activities. - 3/8/14

Free Iranian Women Activists: Imprisonment of 3 Highlights Plight of Female Rights Defenders

- Iran's government should immediately and unconditionally free three female rights defenders unlawfully detained for their support of women, students, and political dissidents, Human Rights Watch said today, International Women's Rights Day. On March 2, 2014, one of the three was sentenced to seven years in prison. The others were already serving prison terms. - 3/8/14

Iranian Women Make A Push For Greater Opportunities

- Iran is starting to see a re-launch of activist groups following the election last year of President Hassan Rouhani. Social movements were scarce after the government crushed public protests known as the Green Movement following the 2009 elections. --Deborah Amos, NPR - 3/6/14

Iran: Karroubi campaign worker given seven-year sentence

- Maryam Shafipour, an Iranian student activist who worked on Mehdi Karroubi's presidential campaign in 2009, has been sentenced to seven years in jail by the Revolutionary court. Shafipour was arrested last July and held in solitary confinement for 67 days before being released on bail in February. - 3/4/14

Women given senior positions in Iran's Sistan-Baluchistan province

- The Iranian president has appointed two women to the position of governor in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan. Massoumeh Parandvar is now serving as the governor of Hamoon, while Homeira Rigi, with a history of leadership roles in the health and interior ministries, is now governor of Qasreqand. - 3/1/14

Silence did not make Sanaz Nezami strong: Facing immigrant domestic violence

- Today her body lays lifeless as her hopes and dreams for a life of accomplishment in the United States is now buried in the cold of a Michigan winter. The police arrived at Sanaz Nezami's home near midnight on Sunday December 8, 2013 when the 27-year-old newly married young woman from Iran was taken to a nearby hospital. -Elahe Amani with Lys Anzia, WNN - 2/19/14

Zanan Group's International Women's Day Celebration 2014 in Cupertino, California

- Partow Noorial, Acclaimed Poet and literary Critic. Mojdeh Shamsaei, Prominent actress of Iranian Cinema. Shahrzad Sepanlou, A refreshing voice from LA. Songs of Azerbaijan by Mahin. Dance Performance by Negar Esfandiari, and Art Exhibition by local Iranian Women artist - 2/17/14

Screening at UCLA - Hush: Girls Don't Scream

- Film screening followed by discussion with Iranian writer/director Pouran Derakhshandeh. Part of the UCLA CNES and Program of Iranian Studies Bilingual Lecture Series. - 2/6/14

IRAN: Old challenges continue for women under new president

- Despite the election of new President Hassan Rowhani in the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI), women continue to face new challenges in exercising their civil rights. For women this means a great challenge to reach equality as well as accessing educational and workforce resources. -Elahe Amani, WNN - 2/5/14

German-Iranian Woman Elected Secretary General Of The Social Democratic Party

- Yasmin Fahimi, a German-Iranian woman, has been elected as the Secretary General of German co-governing Social Democratic Party (SPD). Fahimi received 492 (88.5%) of the 557 votes cast. - 1/28/14

Retreat in the Last 165 Days

- The man who was elected to be Iran's next president 165 days ago had made promises about women and equality during the last month of his presidential election campaign which ultimately brought him much support and votes. Hassan Rouhani's verbal support of half of Iran's 72 million people - the women - brought him more votes and victory. - 1/19/14

Iran Should Release Imprisoned Activist for Urgent Medical Treatment

- The Iranian Judiciary should immediately release imprisoned student activist Bahareh Hedayat before continued imprisonment and lack of adequate medical treatment for her chronic reproductive system problems cause irreversible damage to her health, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. - 1/18/14

Iranian female official won't speak at Friday prayers after all

- Massoumeh Ebtekar, the head of Iran's Department of the Environment, has reported on her Facebook page that she will not be speaking at the Friday Mass Prayers in Tehran, despite earlier announcements. - 1/18/14

Female official to make history at Tehran's Friday Mass Prayer

- Massoumeh Ebtekar, the head of Iran's Department of the Environment, will become the first woman to ever speak at Tehran's Friday Mass Prayers this Friday January 17. The report adds that Ebtekar's speech will mark the beginning of Clean Week, which highlights environmental awareness and cleaning efforts. - 1/16/14

Nine female-fronted bands to perform at Iran's Fajr Music Festival

- Nine female-fronted Iranian ensembles are scheduled to give performances at the 29th Fajr International Music Festival in February. Only women will be allowed to attend the concerts, which will be performed by these bands that mostly are led by singers. - 1/16/14

Rohani deputy reports on lack of women among Iranian leaders

- The presidential deputy for women and family affairs says Iranian women are mostly excluded from top positions in the government. ILNA reports that Shahindokht Molaverdi said in a report that except for a few women in Parliament, the unfortunate truth is there are no women in top posts. - 1/14/14

Iranian City Councillor Says She Lost Post Over Facebook Account

- Behshahr city councillor Azamolsadat Hosseini announced that she has been dismissed from her position as spokesperson for the council for having a Facebook account. Ms. Hosseini's dismissal has become a hot topic in Iranian media over the past two days. - 1/11/14

German-Iranian woman set to head co-ruling Social Democratic Party

- Berlin - Yasmin Fahimi, A German-Iranian woman, is tipped to become the next secretary general of Germanyˈs co-governing Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Frankfurt-based daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said Wednesday. - 1/9/14

New Population and Family Plan Would Stifle Women, Says Iranian Civil Society

- More than 650 Iranian citizens and civil activists have issued a statement objecting to the "Comprehensive Population and Family Excellence Plan" currently on the Iranian Parliament's agenda, arguing that the plan would place undue restrictions on women's employment and educational opportunities. - 1/8/14

In Iran, Violence Against Women Highest Among Kurds

- According to the BBC's Persian service, 66.3 percent of Iranian women experience violence in their lives, but Kurdistan Province and the city of Ahvaz are reported to be the two most violent cities for females. -Ava Homa, Rudaw - 1/6/14

Madam Mayor And Her Plans

- "I am a Baluchi woman with green dreams for my city." These are the words of Samie Baluchzehi, a woman who passed three key hurdles to become the first ever Iranian Baluchi mayor: being a woman, being single and being a Sunni. As mayor of the town of Sarbaz in Iran's Baluchistan province, Baluchzehi has announced her dreams of turning the township of Kalat, a subdivision of Sarbaz into a greenhouse. -Mansur Shojayee - 1/3/14

Female bodybuilders try to lift sport's profile in Iran

- Because they have to wear hijabs, Iranian women athletes cannot compete in many international competitions, and have to settle for competing at a national level. But for Iran's female bodybuilders, any sort of competition is out of the question. -France24 - 1/3/14

Baluchi Sunni woman elected mayor is first for Iran

- The election of the first Baluchi woman (Samiyeh Balochzehi) last week as the mayor of Kalat, a city in the south of Iran, was an unprecedented event in one of the most underprivileged and conservative provinces in Iran. -Al-Monitor - 12/9/13

Iranian woman's dreams about space travel take shape in Danish documentary

- Danish filmmaker Berit Madsen has directed a documentary about Sepideh Hushyar, a young Iranian woman who dares to plan for her future as an astronaut. The documentary entitled Sepideh (Break of Dawn) was screened at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) on Monday. It was filmed by Iranian cameraman Mohammadreza Jahanpanah. - 11/29/13

In Iran, Among the Beauty-Obsessed Women

- Novelist Marjan Kamali goes back to visit family in Iran, and discovers a country that is obsessed with beauty and makeup - 11/19/13

New Deprivations for Iranian Women: Order to Ban Women From Watching Automobile Races!

- A day after FIFA President Sepp Blatter called on Iranian officials to lift the ban on Iranian women's participation in sporting events, Iran's ministry of sports issued a directive on orders from the security bureau of the intelligence ministry which bans Iranian women from viewing auto-racing events at Tehran's Azadi stadium. - 11/14/13

FIFA chief calls on Iran to let women into stadiums

- Sepp Blatter, the head of FIFA, has called on Iran to allow women into stadiums to watch football matches. AFP reports that the FIFA chief discussed his request in a meeting with Massoumeh Ebtekar, the head of Iran's Department of the Environment, and Ali Larijani, Speaker of the Parliament, during his latest trip to Iran. - 11/9/13

FSHN Magazine reveals 1st ever fashion editorial shot in Iran

- Fashionable, Sexy, Haute and Naughty Magazine (FSHN) today announced the presence of the first ever complete high fashion editorial, shot in IRAN exclusively for the Magazine by Berkeley, Ca based photographer Afra Pourdad. - 11/7/13

DEFYING THE DRESS CODE

- To rebel against the Islamic regime, women in Iran choose not to respect the dress code. In charge of arresting the culprits is Iran's moral police. Photograph Maryam Rahmanian ridicules these practices with this series of amazing photographs, that will most likely never to be publicised in the country. - 11/7/13

Iranian women win 3 gold medals in wushu world championship

- Elaheh Mansourian defeated her Korean opponent in the final round and won her first ever international gold medal. She was severely injured in the first round; however, she fought back to win the title for Iran. - 11/5/13

Women's Rights Are Linked to U.S.-Iran Negotiations

- While U.S. and Iranian negotiators prepare for another round of nuclear talks in Geneva next month, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been silent about another matter that could be even more indicative of his willingness to take on hardline conservatives. -Fariba Parsa - 11/4/13

Iranian university to reinstate women's studies program

- Women's Studies will be offered again at Allameh Tabatabai University, says the university's new head, Hossein Salimi. Salimi announced that the department will begin accepting applicants in the next academic year. - 10/30/13

Iranian Culture Minister Says Opinions Allowed On Women Singing Solo

- Iran's minister of culture says it is not wrong to express an opinion about solo female singers in Iranian music. ILNA reports that Culture Minister Ali Jannati said: "Every person is free to express their own opinion in this regard, but there is not even consensus among senior religious leaders on this subject." - 10/23/13

Maryam Tousi: A girl with the speed of the wind

- Maryam Tousi (born 5 December 1988 in Tehran) is an Iranian sprint athlete who specializes in the 200 metres. She is the Iranian record holder in the 100 m, 200 m, 400 m and 4x400 m relay. Tousi is the fastest Iranian women runner, and her biggest wish is to show the place of Iranian women in the world and to raise Iran's flag in competitions. - 10/7/13

Muslim Women Compete in Miss Muslima Beauty Pageant

- JAKARTA - In Indonesia, organizers of the "Miss World" beauty pageant have bowed to pressure from Islamic hardliners and moved the event to the Hindu-majority island Bali. But in the country's capital, Muslim women from across the globe took to the catwalk to compete in a Miss World of their own. -Kate Lamb, VOA - 9/20/13

South Korea upsets Iran at Asian Women's Volleyball Championship

- South Korea brushed aside Iran at the 2013 Asian Women's Volleyball Championship on Monday. The Korean team defeated Iran in straights sets (25-14, 25-10, 25-18) in Pool F at the Chatchai Halland in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. - 9/17/13

OMID Foundation's Angel Program

- The Omid Foundations (Empowering disadvantaged young women in Iran ) consist of three registered charities, which were established by Marjaneh Halati, a London-based social psychologist and psychotherapist. It is her unique vision and passion that is the driving force behind their growth. - 9/16/13

Meet Shirin Gerami, Iran's first female triathlete

- Shirin Gerami, a 24-year-old woman from Iran, has made history by becoming the country's first female triathlete to have taken part in the sport's world championship. -Guardian - 9/16/13

Iran into Asian Women's Volleyball Championship last eight

- Iran booked a place at the 2013 Asian Women's Volleyball Championship on Sunday. Iran beat India 3-1 (13-25, 25-22, 9-25, 18-25) in Pool B at the Chatchai Halland in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand and advanced to the last eight. - 9/15/13

EXHIBITION: Bozorgmehr Hosseinpur's cartoons disclose Qajar king's harem

- An exhibition of cartoons by Bozorgmehr Hosseinpur on women in the harem of the Qajar king Nasser ad-Din Shah (1831-1896) will open at Tehran's Silk Road Gallery on September 20. A collection of 14 cartoons inspired by photos from the Qajar era, will be on display at the exhibit until September 30. - 9/14/13

THE THIRD SPACE: Iranian Women Artist Exhibition in Toronto

- The Third Space is a group exhibition featuring a selection of works by six female artists of Iranian descent working in media as varied as drawing, photography, collage, video, and sculpture. Collectively, their works address issues about life in the diaspora. - 9/13/13

Website lists hardships of Evin's female political prisoners

- Iranian opposition website reports that a majority of female political prisoners in Tehran's Evin Prison are being denied any furloughs. Kaleme website reports that 17 of the 25 female political prisoners in Evin have never been granted a temporary leave since the beginning of their incarceration. - 8/31/13

Photos: Dress code crackdown underway in Tehran

- Tehran's Morality Police have become more active in confronting citizens for violating codes of appropriate dress. ISNA reports that a larger number of Morality Police personnel have been seen across the city, especially in the recreation centres such as Farahzad, Darband, Darekeh, Lavasan and Tochal. - 8/30/13

Iran's Foreign Ministry Appoints First Female Spokesperson

- Mohammad Javad Zarif has announced that Marzieh Afkham will be the new spokesperson for Iran's foreign ministry. President Hassan Rohani had promised to include more women in his administration saying: "This is by no means doing women a favour but rather their legal and natural right." - 8/30/13

Iran: First FM spokeswoman, Female Ambassador To Be Named Soon

- Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi Tuesday announced that the countrys first ever spokeswoman and female ambassador will be appointed soon. Speaking to reporters at his weekly press conference, he said The next spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry is a female who will be introduced by next week. - 8/27/13

'Special Circumstances' Behind Dearth Of Women In Iran's Cabinet

- Iran's new president apparently has an answer for those who have criticized the lack of women in his cabinet: They aren't up to the task. Speaking at the Interior Ministry in Tehran on August 19, President Hassan Rohani provided some insight into what prevented him from nominating or appointing women to top posts in his government. -Frud Bezhan, RFE - 8/21/13

Inspired by Malala: Local Muslim Women Discuss Activism, Community, and Islamophobia

- Inspired by the courage of Malala Yousufzai to speak up for equal rights of women and girls, this panel brings together local Bay Area Muslim women leaders to discuss Muslim women's agency and activism. - September 12, 2013 in San Francisco - 8/18/13

Four Days in Iran in August: Heat, Hijab and Hope

- What is it about Iran and Western women journalists? Foreign reporters who got visas to cover last week's inauguration of Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, were overwhelmingly female and included me as well as correspondents for NBC and CBS. -Barbara Slavin - 8/16/13

Iranian-American Women Leadership Conference, Orange County 2013

- Through its Leadership Conference, the Iranian American Women's Foundation (IAWF) is once again bringing women together from across the country and the world to exchange education and inspiration about a wide range of issues important to all women, such as how to master the work-life balancing act, how to find the courage to follow your dream, and why one's legacy matters. - 8/15/13

Perhaps Bowing To Pressure, Rohani Appoints Woman To Iranian Cabinet

- Many women who helped vote Hassan Rohani into office as Iran's new president did so in the hope that he would push for equality. Yet, when Rohani released his proposed new cabinet on inauguration day on August 4, his list had the makings of an all-male club. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 8/13/13

Iranian President appoints a woman, Elham Aminzadeh, as Vice-President for Legal Affairs

- President Hassan Rohani in a decree on Sunday named Elham Aminzadeh as Vice-President for Legal Affairs. The president said in the text of the decree that she has been appointed to the post in light of her scientific competence and judicial qualifications as well as legislative experience and moral merits. - 8/12/13

Iranian women athletes shine in wushu championship in Philippines

- Iranian women athletes snatched one gold, two silver and one bronze medals in the 7th Asian Junior Wushu Championship in the Philippines on Sunday. The four-day contest opened in the capital, Manila, on August 8. - 8/12/13

CEO Profile - Lily Sarafan, President & COO, Home Care Assistance

- In 2005, Lily Sarafan, age 23 and recent graduate from Stanford University with a Masters in Management Science and Engineering, saw an ad on Craigslist for a senior in-home care company looking for "experienced team members." Fast forward eight years, and 31-year-old Sarafan is President and COO of the company, Home Care Assistance -President&CEO - 7/31/13

Maryam Mirzakhani Receives The Simons Investigators 2013 Award

- Maryam Mirzakhani is an Iranian-American mathematician, Professor of Mathematics (since September 1, 2008) at Stanford University. Mirzakhani's work is focused on Teichmuller theory and dynamics of natural geometric flows over the moduli space of Riemann surfaces. - 7/30/13

Iran's Fashion Revolution

- A new kind of revolution seems to be taking place in the streets of Tehran. There are no displays of political banners, thrusting of fists in the air or chanting of slogans; only tossing of headscarves, colorful flower-pattern fabrics and fancy jewelry. -Alice Curci, Al Bawaba - 7/26/13

Bahareh Hedayat's letter from Evin prison to her husband Amin Ahmadian

- Bahareh Hedayat is a student, political activist, initiator of the campaign ŕ Million Signatures for the Repeal of Discriminatory Laws." She has been sentenced to nine and a half years in prison and is serving time in Evin prison in Tehran. Hedayat recently sent an open letter to her husband Amin Ahmadian. - 7/25/13

Interview: Prison Child Of The Iranian Revolution

- Sahar Delijani was born in Tehran's notorious Evin prison in 1983, the child of a secular activist who took part in the 1979 Islamic Revolution but was later jailed for her political activities. In her recently published debut novel, "The Children of the Jacaranda Trees," Delijani draws on her and her family's experiences to paint a fictional account of Iran through the eyes of children who, like her, were born to jailed revolutionaries. - 7/20/13

Iranian Women's Rights Activists Tell Rohani What They Want

- A group of prominent Iranian women's rights activists and intellectuals have outlined some of their main demands for Iran's President-elect Hassan Rohani, who spoke against gender discrimination during his campaign and said women and men should enjoy the same rights and opportunities. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 7/13/13

The Metamorphosis of a Cloak

- At the heart of this transformation is a single garment: the manteau, whose evolution from the drab smocks of Haft-e Tir to the height of today's fashion tells us a broader story about women in Iran and the possibilities for change. The manteau, though an imposed garment, is proving remarkably flexible to change. -Azadeh Moaveni, Iran Wire - 7/10/13

Iranian women's futsal team wins silver at Asian Indoor Games

- The Iranian national women's futsal team has claimed the silver medal at the 2013 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in South Korea, even though they lost the final match to powerhouse Japan, which won the gold. - 7/6/13

Photos: "Nanny Hassan" Exhibition at the Iranian Artists Forum

- An exhibition of paintings by self-taught artist Monavvar Ramezani known as "Nanny Hassan" is being held at the Nami Gallery of the Iranian Artists Forum today. The 76-year-old Nanny Hassan lives in the town of Qeydar of Zanjan Province. She used to weave carpets and draw carpet designs, but found interest in paintings over the past few years. - 7/5/13

Ahmadinejad boosts maternity leave

- Outgoing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has announced increased maternity leave for mothers. The legislation has been implemented as part of the general policy of encouraging population growth, which the Ahmadinejad adopted in recent years. - 7/5/13
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