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2015 APSA awards Iranian actress Motamed-Aria

- The 2015 edition of Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) has awarded Iranian actress Fatemeh Motamed-Aria during a ceremony held in Brisbane, Australia. Motamed-Aria received the event's Special Mention for the Best Performance by an Actress for her appearance in 'Avalanche,' directed by Iranian filmmaker Morteza Farshbaf. - 11/29/15

Far From Home: Between Heaven and Earth - Video, Installation, and Performance by Minoosh Zomorodinia

- Minoosh Zomorodinia is an Iranian photographer, performer, and video artist. In her exhibition at Gallery Route One, Zomorodinia presents her on-going exploration and investigation of the 'Self' in the artist's cultural and political struggles as a Muslim woman living in the United States today. The artist will perform briefly before the reception and before the closing night. - 11/27/15

Iran slumps to Brazil in Women's Futsal World Tournament

- Iran women's national futsal team has sustained its second group stage defeat at the 2015 Women's Futsal World Tournament in Guatemala, going down to the strong Brazilian side. The loss means Iran cannot progress to the quarterfinals, as the first two teams in each group can make it into the knockout stage. - 11/27/15

Meet Marjan Philhour: Candidate for San Francisco Board of Supervisors

- The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian American (PAAIA) recently had the opportunity to sit down with Marjan Ghafourpour Philhour to discuss her campaign for San Francisco Board of Supervisors District 1. If successful she will become the first woman of Iranian and Filipino descent to be elected to public office in San Francisco. - 11/25/15

Women's Futsal Team Captain Allowed to Travel to World Championship Only after Judiciary Gives Consent

- The captain of the Iranian women's national Futsal team, Niloufar Ardalan, who was previously banned from leaving the country to play in the Asian championships in Malaysia because her husband, Mehdi Tutunchi, had not given his consent, has received permission from the Judiciary to travel with the team to Guatemala for the world futsal championship. - 11/25/15

Captain of Iranian women's futsal team permitted to leave country

- The Iranian judiciary reports that through the intervention of the football federation and other relevant government bodies, Nilofar Ardalan, an Iranian futsal athlete and national team captain, has been granted permission to leave the country to attend championship games in Guatemala. Mizan Khabar reports that the exit permit was issued with the consent of her husband. - 11/24/15

Iranian Journalist's One-Year Prison Sentence and Two-Year Ban on Media Upheld

- The journalist Rayhaneh Tabatabaie, 35, has been informed that the Appeals Court has approved her one-year prison sentence and two-year ban on political and media activities issued in November 2014 by Judge Salavati. Facebook Posts and Reformist Affiliations Are Her "Crimes" - 11/23/15

Iranian Journalist Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Her Facebook Posts

- The journalist Solmaz Ikdar has been sentenced to three years in prison for "insulting the Supreme Leader" and "propaganda against the state." The charges were based on content she posted on her Facebook page. - 11/22/15

Why imprisoned pastor's wife kept her marital abuse a secret - until now

- The wife of Saeed Abedini, the Iranian-American pastor imprisoned in Iran since September 2012, has had a difficult month. First Naghmeh Abedini canceled all public appearances after telling supporters by email that her husband had abused her physically, emotionally and sexually. Twelve days later, she released a statement saying she regretted her previous emails. "I was under great psychological and emotional distress," she said -Timothy C. Morgan, RNS - 11/21/15

Iranian Women Drivers Not Wearing Hijab Face Tough Police Action

- Cars driven by women who do not observe the hijab (head covering for women) will be impounded and fines will be imposed, according to strict new regulations by Iran's police force. In addition, "trusted invisible agents" will be reporting violations on behalf of the police. - 11/20/15

Rohani intervenes to let Iran's Women Futsal Team play in World Cup

- By special order of President Hassan Rohani, the Iranian Women's Futsal Team will travel to Guatemala to participate in the 2015 World Cup. The Iranian Football Federation had said that due to visa complications and a lack of funding, the team would not be able to travel to Guatemala. - 11/9/15

Filmmaker Mina Keshavarz Explores Economic Status of Rural Women in Iran

- In her latest documentary, "Will She Win the War?," Iranian filmmaker Mina Keshavarz challenges the status quo placed on today's Iranian women. Through the of story Roghieh documentary filmmaker Keshavarz shows the struggle for a young woman in southern Iran who is trying to secure jobs for women through a local community bazaar, as threats by a local politician grow. -Elahe Amani, WNN - 11/6/15

Iranian Activists Campaign To Bring More Women Into Parliament

- Iran's parliament has 290 seats, and only nine of them are filled by women. Women's rights activists want to change that. A group of Iranian activists is seeking to dilute the dominance of men in the country's parliament, pushing for a greater female presence in the legislature following elections in February 2016. - 11/4/15

'Islamic feminism' and miniskirts: The veiled truth about women in Iran

- Historian Nina Ansary has uncovered the complex history of women's rights in Iran. She tells Radhika Sanghani how patriarchal politics are peversely paving the way for feminism in the country -Radhika Sanghani, Telegraph - 11/3/15

Fatemeh Azadeh: The first Iranian female pilot

- Fatemeh Azadeh, a 26-year old woman from Zahedan, the capital of Sistan and Baluchistan Province, is the first female pilot in Iran, ISNA reported. Azadeh criticizes the prevailing attitudes towards female pilots as many people do not trust them and do not board on a plane piloted by a woman. "Such attitudes should be reformed both in the air and on the earth," she said. - 11/2/15

Visa Problems May Ground Iran's Women Futsal Team

- The Iranian Women's National Futsal team may be unable to compete in the 2015 World Tournament even though they won the championship in Asia. The Iranian federation says the team has begun practice; however, securing visas for all team members is a difficult task, which may keep them from joining the games in Guatemala. - 11/2/15


- Today, Shahrzad Rafati is the founding CEO of one of the fastest-growing online video companies in the world. It's called BroadbandTV, and it gets 5.7 billion views a month - up a stunning 80 percent in 10 months. You will surely be hearing about this explosive video business and about the 35-year-old entrepreneur who heads one of the biggest players, the biggest in America by some measures. -Steven Butler, Ozy - 11/2/15

Iran: End Ban on Women at Volleyball Matches

- Iran should stop preventing women and girls from attending volleyball matches and take further steps to promote gender equality, opening a digital advocacy campaign to promote respect for women's rights in the country. - 10/30/15

Iranian actress 'branded immoral' for posting pictures without hijab

- Sadaf Taherian, an Iranian actress, has caused controversy in her home country by posting pictures of herself on social media not wearing a hijab. The Iranian government reportedly called her "immoral" and banned her from acting. Taherian published the photographs on Instagram in protest at strict Iranian laws that require women to cover their head in public. -Barney Henderson, Telegraph - 10/30/15

Muharram Not Fashionable In Iran

- If you are celebrating the sacred month of Muharram in the Islamic republic, you best not make it a fashion statement. Amid reports that some hair salons and barbers have been advertising "special Muharram" styling to lure clients, warnings have been issued against the practice of shaving the words "Ya Hossein" into peoples' hair. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 10/22/15

Women's rights in Iran: Exiled activist reveals how her fight for equality is attracting male suppor

- Heretic, whore, CIA operative - Masih Alinejad has been called all these things, and worse, by the Iranian authorities. What is her crime? Campaigning for equal rights for women in her home country. -Katie Grant , Independent - 10/21/15

Imprisoned activist Iranian activist Narges Mohammadi Should Be Released Immediately and Given Medical Treatment

- The health of imprisoned activist Narges Mohammadi has deteriorated, and the prominent human rights defender is now reportedly chained to a hospital bed, denied proper medical treatment for a worsening neurological condition, and prevented from normal family visitation. - 10/20/15

Women of Iran: Beyond the stereotypes and into the reality

- They are doctors, musicians, firefighters and even journalists. Despite the stereotypes Iranian women may face, they are no different from American women. -Kelsi Sibert, Oak Leaf - 10/13/15

One Year after Acid Attacks against Women in Isfahan, No Arrests

- A year after a spate of acid throwing attacks on women in Isfahan, the police and security forces have not apprehended a single individual, despite their frequent pledges to arrest the culprits. The mother of one of the victims told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the authorities have not publicly released any information about the results of their investigations, and have warned families not to give interviews to foreign media. - 10/10/15

Trendy Tehran: Meet the female entrepreneurs breaking boundaries in Iran

- Mahsa Rezazadeh started her cafe in Tehran seven years ago and now brings in a better wage than her husband, a lawyer. She attributes her success amid a sanctions-shattered Iranian economy to hard work and the fact that however bad things get in Iran, Iranians cannot resist the smell of a home-cooked meal and freshly brewed coffee. -Maryam Babak, International Business Times - 10/5/15

Why are Iranian husbands standing up for their wives?

- Husbands in Iran are taking pictures of themselves declaring their commitment to female equality - and thousands are sharing their messages on Facebook. -BBC - 10/2/15

Iranian government reacts to restrictions on women travelling abroad

- After the National Women's Futsal team captain, Nilufar Ardalan, was denied leaving the country to participate in the Asian Championships 2015 because her husband refused to give her permission to leave the country, negative reactions to the legal requirement of a husband's permission for Iranian women seeking to travel abroad continues to make headlines. - 10/1/15

Women in Iran Are Ready to Show They Mean Business

- Women in Iran are ready to make career gains in a way few of their peers can in the Gulf Arab world. -Golnar Motevalli, Bloomberg - 10/1/15

Eight of Iran's women's football team 'are men', league official claims

- Eight of Iran's women's football team 'are men', it has been claimed. The Iranian FA has been branded 'unethical', after it was alleged the players were actually men awaiting sex change operations. -Mirror, UK - 10/1/15

Iran: No government fanfare for victorious women's futsal team

- The Iranian Women's National Futsal team, which won the Asian Championship Cup last week, arrived in Tehran on Sunday September 27 without any reception from the country's Ministry of Sport. - 9/30/15

Iranian women win their first futsal championship

- Iran's women's national futsal team has lifted the trophy at the 2015 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Futsal Championship in Malaysia following a victory over the Japanese side. - 9/27/15

Donya Nasser becomes the First Iranian American U.S. Youth Observer to UN

- In July, 2015, Donya Nasser became the first Iranian American to be appointed as the U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations. An incredibly inspiring young professional, she seeks to galvanize and empower youth to strive to secure equality and justice, and to protect the marginalized. - 9/25/15

Iranian female futsallers thrash Uzbekistan in AFC championship

- Iran women's national futsal team has romped to another emphatic win at the 2015 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Futsal Championship in Malaysia, overwhelming Uzbekistan. - 9/23/15

Imprisoned Iranian Artist Goes on Hunger Strike to Protest Prison Staff Verbal Abuse

- Atena Farghadani, the recipient of the 2015 Courage in Cartooning Award by the Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI), was sentenced on June 1, 2015, to 12 years and nine months in prison after drawing a cartoon that showed members of the Iranian Parliament as animals and posting it on her Facebook page. - 9/21/15

Iranian Who Barred Soccer-Star Wife From Travel Says It's Private

- An Iranian man who barred his soccer-star spouse from playing in a tournament abroad has defended his actions and criticized foreign media for covering the case. Mehdi Toutounchi, a prominent sports journalist and television presenter, said he had to "take control" of the situation. - 9/19/15

Jailed Iranian activist writes to judicial chief about plight as a mother

- Jailed human rights activist Nargess Mohammadi has written to the head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, to protest that she can't speak to her children on the telephone. Nargess Mohammadi reports that she also has been completely forbidden from talking to her husband, whom prison authorities have referred to only in insulting terms. - 9/19/15

Iranian Female Soccer Star Faces Husband-Imposed Travel Ban

- It's a man's world for Niloufar Ardalan, one of Iran's best female soccer players and known as Lady Goal for her on-field exploits in international women's Islamic tournaments. Ardalan says she will not be able to compete in an upcoming tournament in Malaysia because her husband has refused to grant her permission to travel abroad as required by Islamic laws enforced in Iran. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 9/15/15

Workforce participation much lower for Iranian women

- The most recent statistics reveal that the Iranian labour market is predominantly occupied by men, and for every 5.31 men who have jobs, only one woman is employed. IRNA reports that based on Spring 2015 statistics in the agriculture sector, the ratio of men to women is 7.1 to 1, in the industry sector it's 6.7 to 1, and in the service sector it is 5.03 to 1. - 9/10/15

Iran's highly educated women face tougher job market

- President Rohani's adviser for women and family affairs says more than 40 percent of women with higher education are unemployed. The deputy minister of labour has said the unemployment rate among people with higher education surpasses the country's overall unemployment average, and the rate among educated women is two and a half times higher than among men. - 9/8/15

Over 40,000 Girls under Age Married Each Year in Iran

- Official Iranian government statistics show that tens of thousands of girls under the age of 15 are married off by their families each year in Iran. The numbers may actually even be quite higher. Many families in Iran do not register underage marriages, or do so illegally, according to attorney Shima Ghoosheh, who spoke to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 9/6/15

Jewels of Allah: The Untold Stories of Women In Iran

- I grew up in Iran with two very different grandmothers. As a young girl, I took at face value the fact that one of my grandmothers was a devout woman who never left her home without wearing a head scarf, and the other was a Western-educated progressive-minded woman who didn't think twice about swimming topless in the family pool. Yet both women were forces to be reckoned with and by no means subservient. -Nina Ansary, Huffington Post - 9/6/15

In Iran, a Women's Soccer Revolution

- In a country where women aren't allowed to attend soccer games, the sport is taking off at the youth level--in part thanks to an Iranian-American -Bill Spindle, WSJ - 8/24/15

50 Iranian Women you Should Know: Tahereh Qurratu'l-Ayn

- Global and Iranian history are both closely intertwined with the lives and destinies of prominent figures. Every one of them has laid a brick on history's wall, sometimes paying the price with their lives, men and women alike. Women have been especially influential in the past 200 years, writing much of contemporary Iranian history. - 8/22/15

Ailing Student Activist's Continued Detention Violates Iran's Own Laws

- Prominent student activist Bahareh Hedayat should have been released by the end of July 2015 with the completion of more than five years in prison but efforts to end her unlawful incarceration have so far been unsuccessful, according to her husband Amin Ahmadian. - 8/14/15

Jailed Human Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi Needs Urgent Medical Care

- Imprisoned rights activist Narges Mohammadi's medical illnesses have reached a critical stage and require immediate attention, her husband Taghi Rahmani told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 8/11/15

Punishing fines proposed for Iranian women who defy hijab

- The Cultural Commission of the Iranian Parliament has proposed a bill to impose heavy fines on women who remove their headscarf in public or simply don't wear one. The proposal calls for a fine of 100,000 toumans (about $35) for a woman who takes off her headscarf in a car. - 8/11/15

Activist's letter sparks campaign for mothers in prison

- A campaign to support imprisoned mothers has been launched by a group of activists in response to the recent letter from jailed human rights activist Nargess Mohammadi. - 8/3/15

Female Entrepreneurs Fuel A Changing Iran

- It has been a long parade of investors and foreign CEOs in the office of Nazanin Daneshvar, a young female engineer who founded the e-commerce company Takhfifan (Persian for "discount"). She welcomes such visitors, and foreign journalists, who have come to Iran to discover a country as hopes have risen that the international economic sanctions will be lifted. -Sophie Fay, Worldcrunch - 7/26/15

Rouhani Government and Conservatives Clash over Laws on Female Dress

- More than two-thirds of the members of the Iranian Parliament-216 MPs-have signed a resolution supporting the implementation of a law that requires women to observe strict rules on clothing in public. The Rouhani administration has expressed doubts on the effectiveness of coercive tactics against women who are not as observant as hardliners in the Islamic Republic would like them to be. - 7/26/15

Iranian activist Nargress Mohammadi decries plight of mothers in prison

- Nargess Mohammadi, the prominent Iranian human rights defender and deputy director of the Human Rights Defenders Centre who has been in prison for over two months, has written a letter from Evin Prison revisiting eight years of motherhood in the light of her activism. The letter, published on the Defenders of Human Rights Centre website, reveals that Nargess Mohammadi's twins have now left Iran and are living with their father. - 7/24/15

Iranian Intelligence Ministry Seeking "Maximum Punishment" for Prominent Human Rights Activist

- The Intelligence Ministry has made a written request to impose the maximum punishment on human rights activist Narges Mohammadi, her husband Taghi Rahmani told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 7/14/15

Women now comprise one-third of homeless Iranians

- The Iranian president's advisor for Women and Family Affairs says one third of Iran's homeless are women. ILNA reports that according to Shahindokht Molaverdi, 5,000 of the 15,000 homeless in the country are women, adding that these statistics are documented and should not be interpreted as "blackwashing" the system. - 7/12/15

Jailed Iranian activist takes stand for mothers imprisoned in Evin

- Jailed human rights activist Nargess Mohammadi has written a letter from Evin Prison addressed to the Tehran prosecutor to protest the visiting conditions at the prison. The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports that Mohammadi has called on Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi to allow the prisoners in the women's ward to contact their families by phone. - 7/9/15

Iranian journalist Sajedeh Arabsorkhi released after serving sentence

- Iranian journalist Sajedeh Arabsorkhi has been released from Evin Prison after serving her one-year sentence. The Human Rights Activists News Agency reports that Arabsorkhi was released on Wednesday July 8 at the end of her sentence. - 7/9/15

Iran sports body invites female reporters to cover volleyball showdown

- With only two games of the world volleyball league championships left to be played in Iran, Iran's Volleyball Federation has called on female reporters to arrive at Azadi Stadium on Friday and Saturday nights to cover the matches between Iran and Russia. - 7/4/15

Law to let volunteers enforce morality worries Iranian administration

- Iranian Justice Minister Mostafa PourMohammadi says the legislation regarding the Islamic tenet of "Enforcing Good Behaviour and Forbidding Bad" is breaking rules about the branches of government and their jurisdictions. - 7/3/15

Mansoureh Shojaee' letter to the Chief of Justice of Islamic Republic of Iran

- In protesting the unlawful action that has taken place in processing my lawsuit in the Revolutionary Court, I Mansoureh Shojaee, journalist, researcher, woman's activist, address this letter to you. At the present time, I am a resident scholar at Hague, Netherlands, a research scholar in the area of social justice, human rights, and gender studies. - 7/2/15

Tehran Center For Female runaways Funded Mostly By Donations

- Iran's minister of labour and social welfare says a center for homeless and runaway women will soon open in Tehran. ILNA reports that the center has been funded mainly by various charitable donations from within the country. - 7/2/15

"Would you believe that I'm a woman from Iran?"

- Author Nina Ansary's new book Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran is being released this week, and a trailer the book's publisher uploaded to YouTube is both gripping and features a clever thought-provoking twist. -NY Times - 6/24/15

National Iranian broadcaster denies reports of gender segregation

- The Public Relations Manager of Seda va Sima radio programming says reports of gender segregation in the national broadcaster's offices are not true. ILNA reports that Ali Akbar Khodabakhsh said on Tuesday June 23: "Do you think Seda va Sima is a school where you can separate the genders." - 6/24/15

Iran's Supreme Leader tells broadcaster to separate workers by gender

- The new head of Iran's national broadcaster Seda va Sima has launched its plan for gender segregation in the workplace under orders from the Supreme Leader. ILNA reports that the deputy head of Seda va Sima, Nargess Abravani, has announced that men and women working for Seda va Sima will be separated in the workplace. - 6/22/15

Female Iranian Official Attacks Volleyball Ban

- A female Iranian vice president has criticized what she called "sanctimonious" men's groups, whose threats prevented women from watching Iran play the USA in a volleyball match. Although about 200 tickets were reportedly reserved for women at the Azadi sports complex in Tehran, security personnel around the stadium refused to allow any of them to see the match. - 6/21/15

Controversies haunt Iran's volleyball victory over US: Women barred from stadium

- Friday's game stirred controversies regarding the presence of female spectators in stadiums. Despite assurances from Hassan Rohani's advisor on Women and Family Affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi, that women would be allowed to watch the game in the stadium, last week the minister of the interior announced that the ban on women in stadiums is still in effect. - 6/20/15

Iranian Hard-Liners Protest Women's Presence in Sports Stadiums

- Iranian hard-liners demonstrated in front of the Sports Ministry in Tehran on June 17 to protest the possible presence of women in sports stadiums. The protest followed reports that a limited number of Iranian women could be allowed to attend two upcoming international male volleyball matches, including one on June 19. - 6/18/15

Iran's Interior Minister announces persistence of ban on women in stadiums

- ISNA reported on Monday June 16 that according to Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, no new directives have been issued regarding women attending sports events in stadiums, and the authorities will continue to deal with the matter as they have in past. - 6/17/15

Head of Iranian police defends barring women from stadiums

- "These days we are being criticized for preventing women from entering sports stadiums or canceling concerts, while many of these actions are carried out under legal warrants and we are merely acting within the limits of the law," Ashtari said in a meeting with Ayatollah Makarrem Shirazi, a senior member of the clergy. - 6/15/15

Iran: Hardliners to work against lifting of ban on women in stadiums

- After years of debate over the attendance of Iranian women at sports venues to watch athletic events, and recent announcements by the administration that the ban against their presence is now lifted, extremists in the Islamic Republic establishment have begun a campaign to exclude women from entering sports stadiums. - 6/13/15

Behnaz Shafiei rides bikes against laws and convention in Iran

- Women are banned from riding motorcycles in public in Iran, but Behnaz Shafiei is working hard to break the status quo. -The 26-year-old has been riding for 15 years and, under the veil of her helmet, is regularly thought to be a man by onlookers. -BBC - 6/12/15

Female genital mutilation practised in Iran, study reveals

- The first authoritative study into female genital mutilation in Iran has found the practice is being carried out in at least four major provinces while officials are silent on the matter. -Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Guardian - 6/4/15

Young Iranian Activist Sentenced to 12.5 Years in Prison for Facebook Posts

- A Revolutionary Court in Tehran has sentenced artist and civil rights activist Atena Faraghdani to a total of 12.5 years in prison for drawings and content critical of the government that the young activist posted on her Facebook page. - 6/3/15

Iranian Conservative Cleric Calls Iran's Veiling Policy Wrong-Headed

- A conservative Iranian cleric has sharply criticized enforcement of the obligation for women to wear the Islamic head scarf, or hijab, since the 1979 revolution and the creation of Iran's Islamic republic. Speaking last week on the compulsory hijab at a seminary in Qom, conservative home to many of Iran's senior clerics, Zaeri was quoted by Iranian news sites as saying: "I strongly believe that the policy of mandatory hijab has been totally wrong." -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/2/15

Iran's Grave Addiction Problem: 33% Rise in Drug Use Among Women

- The number two official at Iran's drug control agency (Setade Mobareze ba Mavade Mokhader), Ali-Reza Jazini, announced this week that while urban centers rather than the countryside receive more attention in battling drug abuse, today drug abuse has become a growing issue in provincial rural areas as well. -Niusha Saremi - 6/2/15

Iranian woman breaks new ground by joining wrestling body

- Farnaz Panahizadeh is the first Iranian woman to become a member of the international wrestling federation's Women and Sport Commission. Panahizadeh is the head of the international department of the Wrestling Federation in Tehran and is the first Iranian woman to serve on a United World Wrestling commission. - 6/2/15

Rouhani clashes with Iranian clergy over women arrested for 'bad hijab'

- In his remark last year that "you can't send people to heaven by the whip", President Rouhani expressed a belief that citizens should not be forced into "good" behaviour, and in two recent speeches he skirted the issue of hijab, provoking a critical response from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader, and from senior members of the clergy. -Guardian - 5/27/15

Iran: Female activists meet to protest Mohammadi's arrest, women's problems

- In an initiative by the Association of Women Citizens, a group of Iranian women calling themselves the "Friends of Nargess Mohammadi" gathered at the Tehran home of the prominent human rights activist to express their concern about her health in prison. - 5/23/15
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