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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

Number of female MPs in Iran Parliament reaches record high

- With the victory of four more women in the second round of parliamentary elections, the number of women in the 10th Iranian parliament reached 17, which is a record high for the Islamic Republic. - 5/1/16

Minister intervenes in plot to block winning Isfahan candidate

- Iran's interior minister has written to the head of the country's three branches of government to say the Guardian Council's cancellation of the votes obtained by parliamentary candidate Minoo Khaleghi's is "an error" that needs to be examined by Parliament. - 4/28/16

Iran Said Ready To Release Jailed Cartoonist Farghadani Soon

- A lawyer for prominent jailed Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani has said that the authorities will soon release his client. In June 2014, a court sentenced her to 12 years in prison for a cartoon that depicted Iranian politicians who passed a law limiting women's access to birth control as goats and monkeys. - 4/26/16

Iranian Women's Issues Advisor Says Mothers Fear "Morality Police"

- Shahidokht Molaverdi, the Iranian president's advisor on women and family affairs, says the new plan to deploy 7,000 "undercover morality police" on the streets of Tehran is causing serious concern for families. - 4/24/16

Rouhani clashes with Iranian police over undercover hijab agents

- Iran's president criticized the use of thousands of undercover morality police in Tehran to report on young women who are not wearing a full Islamic hijab or those who play loud music in their cars. -Reuters - 4/21/16

She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World

- This landmark exhibition of more than 80 photographs and a video installation challenges stereotypes surrounding the people, landscapes, and cultures of Iran and the Arab world. She Who Tells a Story refutes the conventional idea that Arab and Iranian women are oppressed or powerless, illuminating the fact that women are creating some of the most significant photographic work in the region today. - 4/16/16

Iranian VP Summoned to Judiciary for Commenting on High Execution Rate of Drug Traffickers

- Shahindokht Mowlaverdi, Iran's vice president for Women and Family Affairs, has been summoned to the Judiciary to explain a comment she made in February about all the men in a village being executed for drug offenses. - 4/14/16

Fate of detained Iranian journalist remains unknown

- The situation of Afarin Chitsaz, an Iranian journalist who was arrested in Iran last November by the Revolutionary Guards, remains completely in the shadows. A knowledgeable source has informed the International Campaign for Human Rights In Iran that in the more than five months since she was arrested, Chitsaz has not even had access to a lawyer. - 4/9/16

Disqualification of Elected Female Reformist MP Sparks Heated Debate in Iran

- Two weeks have passed since Minoo Khaleghi's election to Parliament in Iran's recent elections was nullified without an explanation by the Guardian Council, the body charged with vetting candidates. - 4/8/16

Majda Cicic named as Iran's women volleyball coach

- Secretary general of Iran's Volleyball Federation has announced the inking of a one-year contract with European coach Majda Leban Cicic to lead Iran's female volleyball team. Mahmoud Afshardoost said "after observing the performance of the Slovenian coach in Tehran during training sessions of the junior team, we orally agreed on a one-year cooperation; later, the contract was prepared and handed over to the federation." - 4/6/16

Rights group champions prominent Iranian activist Nargess Mohammadi ahead of her court date

- Amnesty International has called for the release of jailed human rights activist Narges Mohammadi. The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports that according to Amnesty International, Mohammadi's court appearance is scheduled for April 22. - 4/6/16

Female Air France Cabin Crews Protest Head Scarves On Iran Flights

- Some female Air France flight attendants have been protesting an airline rule that they must cover their hair when Air France resumes flights to the Iranian capital, Tehran, on April 17. - 4/3/16

Iran's Election Office challenges Guardian Council over disqualification of female lawmaker

- Mohammad Hossein Moghimi, the head of the Election Office, says it is in a legal dispute with the Guardian Council over the disqualification of Minoo Khaleghi, an Isfahan parliamentary woman candidate who won the third-highest number of votes in the February 26 election. - 3/29/16

Disqualified candidate casts shadow over Iranian women's political progress

- The Isfahan governor has confirmed the disqualification of Minoo Khaleghi, the third candidate elected from Isfahan in the parliamentary election of February 26. He also reported that the candidate has filed an appeal of the decision. - 3/25/16

Societal Demand in Iran for Female Representation in Government is Unstoppable

- An overlooked outcome of Iran's recent elections is the unprecedented success of women, who achieved voter support even though the Guardian Council, the hardline clerical body that vets all candidates, prevented huge numbers of females from running. - 3/24/16

Isfahan candidate disqualified despite voter support

- Nasim Online reported on Tuesday March 22 that Minoo Khaleghi, a leading candidate in Isfahan, was disqualified by the Guardian Council. Her name had been on the list of candidates endorsed by reformists. - 3/23/16

Three Iranian Women Use Art to Pierce Their Homeland's Veil

- As Edward Hopper's birthplace and primary residence until he was nearly 30, the Edward Hopper House Art Center promotes the idea that artists' roots have an enduring influence on their creative development. The center's current exhibition, "Where We Are Standing: Contemporary Women Artists From Iran," examines that concept through works by three artists who grew up in Iran and now live in North America. -NY Times - 3/19/16

Controversy engulfs multiple Iran's female lawmakers

- It has only been three weeks since Iran held landmark parliamentary elections, yet several controversies have already arisen over remarks made by both an incoming female lawmaker and a veteran member of parliament. Meanwhile, the qualifications of two Reformist candidates, one of them a woman, have also been challenged. -Fereshteh Sadeghi, Al-Monitor - 3/18/16

Iranian women given parity with men in blood money insurance

- Rahim Zareh, the spokesman for parliament's economic commission, said on television that the bill to implement parity in the third person life insurance of men and women had been prepared earlier, and the commission is pleased to announced it was approved by the Guardian Council. - 3/16/16

Women Deputies Sue Iranian Lawmaker Over 'Donkey' Remarks

- Iranian female lawmakers are suing a hard-line male colleague, Nader Ghazipur, for saying parliament was no place for women and donkeys. Parliamentary deputy Fatemeh Rahbar told the government news agency IRNA that she and some of her colleagues had filed complaints with Iran's prosecutor-general, parliament's supervisory committee, and parliament speaker Ali Larijani. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 3/11/16

Iran female ping pong players shine in world championships

- Iranian female ping pong players have impressed the spectators in the final match of the Perfect 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Malaysia, winning it and standing on top of the podium. - 3/7/16

Iranian Lawmaker Says Parliament Is No Place For Women, Donkeys

- A hard-line Iranian lawmaker has come under fire for declaring that women should not be allowed to serve in parliament. "The parliament is not a place for women, it's a place for men," lawmaker Nader Ghazipur said in a video posted online in which he appears to suggest that women can be abused and places women in the same category as "donkeys," a term used to insult a person's intelligence. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 3/5/16

Iranian VP Under Fire For Claiming All Of Village's Men 'Executed'

- Iranian Vice President Shahindokht Molaverdi has come under fire for claiming that the entire male population of a village in restive Sistan-Baluchistan Province has been executed on drug-related offenses. - 3/3/16

Campaign reports on Iranian women's advances in election

- The Campaign to Change the Masculine Face of Parliament ended its activities on Monday February 29 with a statement following the final election results. In its statement, the campaign restated its mission to influence the country's political atmosphere to the advantage of women. - 3/2/16

Iran Vote Likely To Usher In Record Number Of Women

- Long-beleaguered reformists weren't the only grouping to have gained ground in Iran's February 26 elections. Women, most of them reformists or independents, also made strides. As many as 20 women are expected to win seats in the parliament, or Majlis, which would be a record number for the Islamic republic. -Frud Bezhan, RFE - 3/1/16

Iranian chess player ranks 2nd in FIDE Women's Grand Prix

- Iranian chess player Sara Sadat Khadem al-Sharieh has finished second in the Federation Internationale des Echecs (FIDE) Grand Prix in Iran. Iran's 18-year-old international master and female grandmaster ended her campaign with 2,403 points and finished in second place. - 2/25/16

Iran Banned Women From Attending Men's Volleyball Games

- Iran banned women from attending the International Beach Volleyball Championships that ended Friday, the world volleyball governing body said. The International Federation of Volleyball (FIVB) said allowing women to attend the five-day competition at Iran's Kish Island had been a condition of its decision to let the Iranian volleyball federation host the men's tournament for the first time. - 2/21/16

Local Authorities Defy Iran's Commitment to Federation and Refuse to Allow Women at Volleyball Match

- Despite assurances by Iranian authorities that they would comply with international rules and allow women to attend the Beach Volleyball World Championship on Kish Island, women are being turned away. - 2/18/16

Iran TV Anchor Quits, Citing Sexual Harassment

- An Iranian news anchor says she was forced to quit her position and flee the country in mid-January following years of repeated sexual harassment by the station's director. Sheena Shirani, a former broadcaster with Press TV, last week published a series of messages and recordings of voicemails she received from news director Hamid Emadi. - 2/10/16

Iran: Rejected female candidates risk backlash in small towns

- The Iranian president's advisor on women's affairs, Fahimeh Farahmanpour, has expressed grave concern over the Guardian Council's widespread disqualification of women running in the parliamentary elections. She said when a female candidate in a small town is disqualified on the basis of paragraph 1 of Article 28, which refers to lack of practical commitment to Islam, then she will have to shoulder a heavy cost in her community. - 2/10/16

Beach volleyball and women's rights in Iran?

- Beach volleyball is testing women's rights in Iran. Yes, beach volleyball in Iran. You may think that women's rights there are a secondary issue, compared with recent headlines focusing on a nuclear agreement... But in fact, this issue goes to the heart of whether Iran upholds its international agreements. -Minky Worden, CNN - 2/8/16

Many Iranian Women, Youth Feel Failed by Reformists Ahead of Vote

- Many Iranian women and young people are disillusioned about the upcoming elections, desperate for reform but losing hope in their pragmatic president and his promise of a freer society. The February 26 parliamentary poll will see pro-reform candidates, who broadly back President Hassan Rouhani, attempt to overturn the majority held by conservative hardliners in the 290-seat assembly. -Reuters - 2/6/16

Iran's Parliament set to approve shorter work week for women

- Iraj Abdi, a spokesman for Iranian Parliament's Social Commission, says new regulations will soon be approved to let women work reduced hours under certain conditions. The new regulations, according to Abdi, will allow women with children under six, women with disabled children and single mothers to work eight hours less at their full-time jobs without a reduction in pay and benefits. - 2/4/16

Rokhsareh Qaem-Maqami's Sonita wins top award at Sundance Film Festival

- Sonita, a joint production of Iran, Germany and Switzerland, by Iranian filmmaker Rokhsareh Qaem-Maqami, has won two awards at the Sundance Film Festival: World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary and Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary - 2/1/16

Iran's shooter Khedmati wins gold at Asia Olympic qualifiers

- Iranian female sports shooter Najmeh Khedmati has put on an awe-inspiring display of skills at the 2016 Asian Olympic Shooting Qualifying Tournament in India, and managed to snatch a gold medal. - 1/31/16

Female candidates rejected in run for assembly seats

- None of the woman who registered to run in the Assembly of Experts elections was approved by the Guardian Council. The council forwarded the list of eligible candidates for the Assembly of Experts elections to the Ministry of the Interior. The list reportedly did not contain the names of any female applicants. - 1/27/16

Celebrated Iranian actress attacked in Kashan on way to screening

- Extremists attacked the prominent Iranian actress Fatemeh Motamed-Arya in the city of Kashan on Sunday. She was there to attend the screening of her latest film, Yahya Sokoot Nakard (Yahaya did not remain silent), and the event proceeded despite the attack. - 1/26/16

Forouzan, Persian film star in Pahlavi era, passes away in Tehran

- Forouzan, one of the big stars of Persian popular cinema in 1960s and 1970s died in Tehran. She was 78. Forouzan, born Parvin Kheirbakhsh, acted in various popular films such as Ganj-e Ghroun (directed by Siamak Yasemi, 1965), Dalahu (1967), Raghaseh-ye Shahr (Shapoor Gharib, 1970) and Dayereh-ye Mina (Dariush Mehrjoui, 1978). - 1/26/16
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