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Flying girl of Iran, Fatemeh Akrami, hopes to increase female skydivers

- Fatemeh Akrami, the only female skydiver in Iran, hopes to instruct skydiving to as many interested girls as possible. "My goal is to become a skydiving instructor for Iranian girls," Akrami, 24, said in an interview with the Tehran Times. "I am an Iranian girl and my responsibility is to boost the number of female skydivers in the country", she stated. -Naghmeh Mizanian - 11/16/17

The Afghan Peace Process And Women

- ...it has become even more difficult for women to find their way to the negotiating table and participate in the peace process. However, this failure to include women peace-builders ultimately presents one of the biggest obstacles to achieving lasting peace. In fact, the fate of the peace process may very well be tied to the position of women in the peace-building framework. -Quhramaana Kakar, LobeLog - 11/16/17

Iran's first Oscar submission directed by woman causes stir

- A movie about a young girl whose fantasy world helps her escape the hard realities of growing up in the countryside near Tehran in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution is Iran's first-ever submission for the Academy Awards' foreign film directed by a woman. But not everyone is celebrating. -Amir Vahdat, AP - 11/10/17

California Governor Jerry Brown appoints Iranian-American Woman Nahal Iravani-Sani as Judge in Santa Clara County Superior Court

- "PAAIA congratulates Nahal Iravani-Sani on her appointment to a judgeship in Santa Clara County. As an immigrant from Iran, Iravani-Sani has faced injustice and adversity, only to reinforce her commitment to fairness and equality and heighten her appreciation of the freedoms and opportunities her adopted country affords its citizens. For over twenty years, Iravani-Sani has been representing the people of the State of California in a variety of capacities, including as Deputy District Attorney." - 11/4/17

Iranian female rock climber Rekabi ranks 1st at Asia Cup - Wanxianshan 2017

- Iranian rock climber Elnaz Rekabi has been crowned as the champion of Asia Cup - Wanxianshan 2017 in China, and clinched a gold medal at the prestigious sports event. On Sunday, Rekabi featured remarkable displays at the women's bouldering final contest, and finished first. - 11/1/17

Two more Iranian women take on managerial posts in the country

- Marzieh Shahdaei and Fariba Moradi have been appointed respectively as the vice minister of oil and the member of the board of directors of the post company of Iran. Shahdaei is the first woman in the history of Iran's oil industry to take on the responsibility. Meanwhile, Moradi is the first female member of the board of directors of the post company affiliated with the ministry of information and communications technology. - 11/1/17

INTERVIEW-Oscar-nominated Iranian director challenges Trump to watch her film

- Iran's first Oscar-nominated female director has challenged President Donald Trump to watch her film to see if its portrayal of ordinary Iranians' experience of war and revolution will change his views of her country. -Parisa Hafezi, Reuters - 10/31/17

Basketball: Iranian Girls Finish Fourth at U-16 Women's Asian Championship (Division B)

- The Iranian girls, who participated in a global tournament for the first time since the revolution of 1979, finished in fourth place at Division B of the 2017 FIBA Asia U-16 Championship. Elaheh Darestani's girls lost to Kazakhstan 61-47 in the bronze medal match in Bengaluru, India on Saturday. - 10/28/17

Mother Of Iranian Protester Killed In 2009 Crackdown Said Sentenced To Prison

- A court in Iran has sentenced the mother of a protester killed in a government crackdown in 2009 to a year in prison after convicting her on charges that include spreading "propaganda against the establishment," people close to her say. Shahnaz Akmali has also been barred from posting on social media and banned from leaving Iran, people who are familiar with the ruling told RFE/RL's Radio Farda on October 26. - 10/26/17

91-year-old doll-maker: "A woman is never incapable"

- Every morning I wake up with my heart full of love. I have an enthusiasm to make new dolls, says Bibi Hazer Omidvari, a 91-year-old Iranian woman born and grown up in the southwestern city of Kazeroon. "Thanks God that granted me the patience of making dolls. If I wasn't busy with these dolls, I always thought of my past and the burdens I had tolerated in my life. Then these memories would make me cry," she explained. -Naghmeh Mizanian, Tehran Times - 10/24/17

Reformist Political Activist Turned Refugee Briefly Arrested Upon Return to Iran

- A source close to Sedigheh Vasmaghi, who had been sentenced to prison in absentia, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) that she was detained for a few hours by Intelligence Ministry agents at Tehran's international airport on October 15, 2017, and told to return after her case was processed. Saham News, an opposition website, claimed Vasmaghi, a former Tehran City Council member, was released because of her "physical condition;" she is clinically blind. - 10/19/17

Iranian Baha'i Poet Named PEN International Writer Of Courage

- Baha'i poet Mahvash Sabet, who was jailed for nearly a decade in Iran, has been selected as the 2017 International Writer of Courage. Northern Ireland poet Michael Longley named Sabet at the PEN Pinter Prize ceremony at the British Library in London on October 10. - 10/11/17

Iranian female weightlifters allowed to participate in the sport

- Head of Iran Weightlifting Federation Ali Moradi said that the Iranian women weightlifters can compete in the sport. Gender equality in sports has always been a controversial topic. In July 2011, International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) modified its competing rules to allow tight-fitting, body-length unitards for the first time. - 10/11/17

Imprisoned Iranian-British Citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Threatened With 16 More Years Behind Bars

- Iranian-British dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, imprisoned in Iran since April 2016 on trumped up and unspecified national security charges, is now facing up to 16 more years in prison based on new charges brought by the arresting authority, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), according to her family. "Threatening Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with more years behind bars after she was imprisoned without full due process is unjust and inhumane," said Hadi Ghaemi, the executive director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 10/10/17

Saudi women drivers spark Iranian social media buzz

- Ordinary Iranians have taken to social media in response to Saudi Arabia's reforms allowing women to drive. Many compared the emergence of women's rights in Saudi Arabia to the sluggish growth of Iran's women's movement. -Deutsche Welle - 10/7/17

Iranian Rights Activist Barred from University Under Ahmadinejad Faces Same Roadblocks Under Rouhani

- Iran's Intelligence Ministry has blocked formerly imprisoned civil rights activist Mahdieh Golroo from attending Alzahra University in Tehran despite being accepted as a graduate student. "I saw the letter from [President Hassan] Rouhani's Intelligence Ministry at the University Evaluation Organization (UEO)," said Golroo in an interview with the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on October 3, 2017. - 10/6/17

Expelled Iranian Chess Player Dorsa Derakhshani Switches To U.S. Team

- An Iranian chess player, Dorsa Derakhshani, who was expelled from the national team for attending an international competition without wearing hijab, has switched sides and joined the U.S. team. "Based on the [International Chess Federation, FIDE] statute, chess players who switch their nationality can after two years join the national team of their new country. Dorsa has also benefited from the same statute" - 10/4/17

Q&A: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's Husband Speaks Out About Dual National's Imprisonment in Iran

- Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe never imagined she would be arrested and ultimately sentenced to five years in prison when she entered Tehran's international airport on her way back home to the UK after visiting her parents. But nightmare became reality on April 3, 2016 when the Revolutionary Guards' Intelligence Organization detained the London-based Iranian-British citizen, her baby in her arms. - 9/29/17

Female Head Of Iran's Polo Federation Fired Over Private Photos

- Iran's sports federation has fired Golnar Vakil Gilani, the head of the Polo Federation, over leaked private photos. Gilani told Iranian news agencies that she had not received any letter in this regard but the sports authorities had appointed another woman as temporary president for the federation. - 9/28/17

What Trump's tough talk on Iran means for human rights

- Iranian-American actress and activist Nazanin Boniadi weighs in on how the Iran nuclear deal has affected humanitarian work, minority representation in Hollywood and more. -Politico - 9/28/17

Freed Iranian Baha'i Leader Mahvash Sabet Describes Unjust Trial, Prison Conditions

- Mahvash Sabet, a leader of Iran's persecuted Baha'i faith who was released from Evin Prison on September 18, 2017 after completing a 10-year sentence, said she was convicted of espionage charges despite non-existent evidence. "We love our country," she said. "We never betrayed our country and never will. No one has shown us any evidence based on the charges against us. It is very important for me to address the people inside and outside the country about the espionage allegations." - 9/27/17

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



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