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Iranian-American woman Azita Raji Nominated For Ambassador To Sweden

- The United States Embassy in Stockholm is set to get its first female ambassador after the White House announced it was nominating the Iranian-American ex-investment banker Azita Raji to take over from Mark Brzezinski. - 10/25/14

Iran's President Rouhani orders investigation into acid attacks in Isfahan

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has instructed three ministries to accelerate efforts to find culprits behind the recent acid attacks in Isfahan amid national outrage over the despicable acts. - 10/25/14

Acid attacks on Iranian women highlight political divisions

- Media coverage of protests against the throwing of acid and other violence against women in Isfahan and Tehran was met with resistance from government bodies, even as President Hassan Rohani called for swift action against those who throw acid. - 10/25/14

Iran Hangs Woman Accused of Killing Rapist

- Iran has hanged a woman who had been on death row for five years for killing her alleged rapist. The execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari was reported by the official IRNA news agency. The man she killed - Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi - was a former intelligence officer, whom she said tried to rape her. - 10/25/14

Iranians protest rash of acid assaults on women

- Iranians took to the streets in Isfahan and Tehran to protest the recent incidents of acid throwing in Isfahan and demand that the authorities provide security for all citizens. In recent weeks in a number of incidents, women have been assaulted with acid, leaving at least one dead and many others struggling with serious burns to their hands and faces. - 10/23/14

Iran's Isfahan Outraged Over Acid Attacks

- Soheila Jowrkesh had just pulled over to take a call from her mother when she became a victim. As she sat in her car with the window open, two men on a motorcycle threw liquid acid at her. The attack left her completely blind in her right eye, with injuries to her left eye and extensive burns to her forehead, hands, and legs, her father, Nasser Jowrkesh, told the BBC's Persian service. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 10/22/14

Iranian Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Stages Sit-in to Protest Ban on Her Legal Practice

- Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh began a sit-in on October 21, 2014, at the Iranian Bar Association in Tehran to protest a ruling that puts a three-year ban on her legal practice, and in protest against the general state of legal representation in Iran. - 10/22/14

Iranian Justice Minister calls acid attacks on women "terrorism"

- On the sidelines of a meeting in Tehran, the justice minister told reporters that authorities in Isfahan are thoroughly investigating the incidents of acid being thrown on women, adding that the actions were "acts of "sabotage and terrorism." - 10/22/14

Four arrested for acid attacks on women in Isfahan

- Four people suspected of throwing acid in Isfahan have been arrested, says a spokesman for Iran's Interior Ministry, and "all dimensions of the incidents" are being investigated. - 10/21/14

Iranian actress rejects chador, storms off show

- Famous Iranian actress Narges Mohammadi was set to host an evening of shows in the small town of Haji Abad last week, but everything turned upside down when the local iman demanded that she wear not just a hijab (or headscarf) but a chador, or full-body covering. Mohammadi is alleged to have been so angry that she stormed out of the show, to the ire of the concert-goers. -France24 - 10/21/14

Iran Investigates Acid Attacks On Women

- Iranian officials said they are investigating a series of acid attacks on women that occurred in the historic city of Isfahan in recent days. Some social network users in the country wrote that there had been up to 13 acid attacks against female drivers who allegedly were targeted for not being properly veiled. - 10/20/14

Acid attacks against women on the rise in Isfahan

- Reports from Isfahan indicate that in recent weeks there has been a rise in the incidence of people throwing acird onto women, purportedly for not wearing appropriate hijab or Islamic gard in public. - 10/18/14

Presence of female musicians stops concert in Isfahan despite proper permit

- The music group Erfan was prevented from holding a concert in Isfahan because women were part of the group. The concert was cancelled even though the group had the necessary permit from the Ministry of Culture and Guidance. - 10/14/14

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 awarded to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi

- The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. - 10/11/14

The Role of Women in the Future of Iran

- Washington, DC - "In some societies, laws protecting women are beyond the culture of the people. In Iran, it is the opposite," said Sanam Anderlini, Senior Fellow at MIT's Center for International Studies and co-founder of the International Civil Action Network, speaking on a panel regarding the role of women in Iran at NIAC's 2014 Leadership Conference. -Tyler Cullis - 10/10/14

Jailed British-Iranian activist in legal limbo starts hunger strike

- Iranian activist Ghoncheh Qavami has begun a hunger strike after 100 days in jail in protest to her undetermined state in Evin Prison. Goncheh Qavami was arrested in June for trying to enter Azadi Stadium to watch the volleyball game between Iran and Italy. She was released on bail then arrested again 10 days later. - 10/6/14

Iranian women shine in Asian Games 2014

- The Iranian women athletes managed to snatch 16 medals including two gold, seven silver and seven bronze in the Asian Games 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. Iran's squad consisted of 282 athletes of which 224 were men and 58 women. - 10/4/14

Asian Games: Iranian Women and Men Claim Kabaddi Silver

- Iranian women's Kabaddi team grabbed the silver medal in the 17th Asian Games on Friday. The Iranian team lost to dominant Indian 31-21 at the Songdo Global University Gymnasium in Incheon, South Korea. - 10/3/14

Iranian Male, Female Karate Fighters Win Asia Golds

- Iran's male athlete Saeed Hassanipour and his compatriot Hamideh Abbasali won two gold medals in Karata competitions in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon on Thursday. In the +68kg category, Hamideh Abbasali defeated her rival from China, and seized a gold medal for the Iranian caravan. - 10/3/14

Group Sues Iranian Culture Minister For Letting Women Sing Solo

- The head of the Family of Martyrs and Veterans Association reported on Tuesday September 30 that a suit has been filed against Culture Minister Ali Jannati for issuing permits allowing women to sing solo in concerts. - 10/1/14

Iranian Woman Kayaker Arezo Hakimi Shines At Asian Games 2014

- An Iranian female athlete bagged silver medal of women's kayak single 200m on Monday at the Asian Games 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. Arezo Hakimi managed to clock 47.807 sec to win the third title. The Kazakh and Chinese athletes ranked first and second respectively. - 9/29/14

Iranian Women Unemployment Rate at 43.4 Percent

- Women's unemployment rate in the last eight years reached 43.4 percent, according to the latest report released by the Statistical Center of Iran. Although it has been years since women are working outside home, job opportunities for women have been restricted by the male-dominated society and unjust competition. - 9/28/14

Iranian activists rally around jailed female volleyball fan

- Three hundred Iranian political and cultural activists have written to President Hassan Rohani, drawing attention to the dismal situation of Ghoncheh Qavami in Evin Prison and urging the government to respect her citizen's rights and facilitate her release. - 9/24/14

Women's right to attend sports events at centre of Iran's culture wars

- A British-Iranian woman imprisoned In Tehran for attempting to watch a men's volleyball match is at the centre of Iran's cultural wars that constitute the backdrop to efforts to resolve problems with Iran's nuclear program and a struggle between reformists and conservatives in advance of parliamentary elections 18 months from now. -James M. Dorsey - 9/19/14

Female Iranian cineastes attending New York conference

- Four Iranian female cineastes arrived in New York on Wednesday to attend the Global Women's Cinema Conference, which kicks off today at the Humanities Institute of the Stony Brook University. - 9/18/14

More Than Two Months in Solitary Confinement for Protesting Exclusion of Women in Stadium

- A young woman's detention in solitary confinement continues after her June 30, 2014 arrest, following her earlier arrest and release outside a Tehran sports stadium when she tried to attend a volleyball game. Ghoncheh Ghavami's lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaee, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that he is unaware of his client's charges despite the fact that Ghavami has been in solitary confinement at Evin Prison for more than two months and her "temporary detention" orders have been extended twice. - 9/13/14

Meet the Iranian woman who risked everything to save her brother from a death sentence

- If a woman in Iran can have it all, Maryam Malekpour came close. At 27, the striking, dark-haired mechanical engineer had a university degree, a reliable job at a Tehran oil and gas company, a husband, a devoted family and a lively circle of friends. Days were a mellow round of work, swimming, tennis and hanging out in the city. -Olivia Ward, Toronto Star - 9/9/14

Iranian Director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad Wins Best Screenplay Award at Venice Film Festival

- Leading Iranian female filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad has garnered award at the 71st International Venice Film Festival in Italy. Bani-Etemad received the Best Screenplay award for her film Tales during the awards ceremony on the closing day of the festival on September 6, 2014 at Venice Lido. - 9/7/14

Gender Segregation Gains Momentum in Iran: Women Prohibited from More Jobs

- Shargh Daily reported on September 2, 2014, that women are now banned from appearing on stage at musical performances in 13 provinces across the country. Only bands without any female members will be granted the required performance license, according to the report. - 9/7/14

Gender Segregation Violates the Rights of Women in Iran

- The recent sharp exchange during a press conference between Morteza Talai, Deputy Chairperson of the Tehran City Council, and a female journalist from Sharq newspapers over Talai's support of a recent gender-segregation initiative in the Municipality of Tehran, reflects the intensifying struggle between hardliners intent on controlling the domestic sphere and more moderate elements of Iranian society who resist relinquishing their basic rights. -Leila Mouri - 9/5/14

All-female pop band to perform in Tehran

- Setareye Qotbi (Polaris), an all-female Iranian pop band, will appear again to perform concerts at Tehran's Vahdat Hall on September 4 and 5. The band, which is composed of five singers and 12 musicians, will perform a repertoire of Persian, English, French, Arabic, and Hindi songs during the performances. - 9/3/14

Iranian Women's Monthly Under Pressure From Hard-Liners

- A newly launched women's monthly run by a prominent female editor has irked Iranian hard-liners, who have accused her of promoting "obsolete" feminist views and ideas that are un-Islamic. Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported last week that Shahla Sherkat , editor of "Zanan-e Emruz," will be put on trial by Iran's Press Court on September 7. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 9/1/14

Iran Police Chief Stirs Controversy Over Women Working In Coffee Shops

- Islamic Republic Police Chief Khalil Helali told reporters on Sunday that women are prohibited from working in coffee shops and traditional cafes. Helali's statements are being challenged by legal experts, who maintain that there is no legislation banning women from employment in coffee shops. - 9/1/14

Iranian activist lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh wins right to resume her law practice

- Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh says an order issued by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal gives her permission to resume practicing law. Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested in 2010 and sentenced to a 20-year ban from practicing law. - 9/1/14

Interview with Mahta Moghaddam of Jet Propulsion Laboratory

- Where are you from? "I was born in Iran and moved to the US when I was 16 years old." What did you want to be growing up? "Always wanted to be a scientist and an explorer. I was extremely interested in the origins of life and universe, the origins of Earth - how it was formed and how it functioned." -JPL - 8/23/14

Iranian woman scientist selected member of COMEST

- Azam Iraji Zad, faulty member of Sharif University of Technology Physics Department was selected as member of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST). According to Public Relations Department of National Elites Foundation, she is the first Iranian scientist admitted to the commission. - 8/21/14

Famed Iranian Poet Simin Behbahani Dies At 87

- Simin Behbahani, one of Iran's most prominent literary figures and a vocal human rights defender who was targeted with censorship and smear campaigns by Iranian authorities, has died in Tehran. She was 87. - 8/20/14

Honoring a young woman who gave life to others in her death

- A tragic plane crash in Tehran on Sunday August 10 that took the life of 37 people onboard. But unknown to many is how this crash also claimed the life of a young Iranian woman on the ground as well. Moments before the crash, Hadiseh Ghasemi, 21, a Tehran University student, was riding a taxi in the area. This is when the driver heard the sound of the plane and noticed it is coming down and could possibly hit his taxi. - 8/17/14

Iranian Math Genius's Photos Too Racy For Media Back Home

- "No hair, no ears, no neck." That's how one journalist described a front-page portrait of Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani that an Iranian newspaper digitally doctored to obscure her hair and skin to placate censors in the Islamic republic. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 8/16/14

Presidential praise for Iranian math prize winner (with and without head scarf)

- Mirzakhani was born and raised in Tehran. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tweeted congratulations today to Mirzakhani using two photos - one showing her with a head scarf and one without. -Lydia Tomkiw, CSM - 8/14/14

Iranian Becomes First Woman to Win Math's Top Prize

- An Iranian-born mathematician has become the first woman to win the prestigious mathematics prize known as the Fields Medal. Maryam Mirzakhani will receive the award, widely considered the Nobel Prize for math, at a ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday. - 8/13/14

Judge Ashley Tabaddor Files Suit against Department of Justice for Violating First Amendment and Civil Rights Act of 1964

- The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) was today informed of a suit filed against the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) by Judge Ashley Tabaddor, an immigration judge for the U.S. Immigration Court. In this suit, Judge Tabaddor challenges an order that indefinitely recuses her from hearing cases involving Iranian nationals, citing that the order violates her First Amendment rights of free speech and association. - 8/13/14

Irish star surfer Easkey Britton sets up Iran's first surf club

- Not content with her lengthy string of competitive surfing accolades, she became the first woman to surf in Iran (while finishing her PhD. in Environment and Society), and founded 'Waves of Freedom', a project teaching women in an isolated and impoverished region of Iran to surf. This month the 28-year-old is going back to Iran to establish the country's first surf club that will be open to both girls and boys. -Liz Dunphy, Irish Examiner - 8/8/14

An Experience: Photos of Iranian Women With And Without Veils

- Photographer Marziyeh Heydarzadeh has captured snapshots of Iranian women posing at a holly site with and without veils. A short paragraph published with "this experience" states that "hijab, in addition to being a cultural and religious value, indicates differences between those who want to preserve their dignity and those who easily overlook this." The story does not mention how the women felt after this experience, and if they left the site with or without the veil... - 8/6/14

Fertility Push Viewed as Unsexy by Young Iranians

- Skeptics wrinkle their brows at the Ayatollah's push for larger families and the government's efforts to restrict family planning and provide incentives for childbirth. Iran's youth want to be free, says a scholar of the Iranian women's movement. -Hajer Naili, WeNews - 8/5/14

The only woman to go in Iran's wrestling arena

- Christina Kelley was the first woman to be a team leader for the US National Greco-Roman wrestling squad. She recently travelled with the team to Tehran, the host city of the 2014 Wrestling World Cup. -BBC - 8/5/14

High heels and hijabs: Iran's sexual revolution

- For more than 30 years, the Islamic Republic has been obsessively battling against sex, but as with anything that is suppressed or banned, people have learned to sidestep the punitive regulations. -Ramita Navai, New Statesman - 8/2/14

Iran Is World's Leading Jailer Of Female Journalists And Netizens

- The arrest on 22 July of two journalists and a photographer, including the Tehran correspondent of the Washington Post and his Iranian wife, brings to 65 the number of news providers behind bars in Iran. They include 10 women, of whom three are foreign nationals, making Iran the world's leading jailer of female journalists and netizens. - 7/29/14

Tehran told to drop plans for gender segregation in city offices

- The Ministry of Labour has called on Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baghher Ghalibaf to revoke the directive for gender segregation in city offices. The ministry maintains that the directive violates the International Labour Convention's anti-discrimination provisions. - 7/29/14

Singing is our resistance: Iranian sisters on their fight to perform

- A prominent Iranian musician today told how she uses music as her "resistance" against the strict laws in her home country. Mahsa Vahdat, 40, who performed at Womad festival with her sister Marjan, 37, on Sunday, said she refuses to comply with a law preventing women from singing solo to a mixed-sex audience. -Evening Standard, London - 7/29/14

Photos: Iranian Mothers For Peace group protests attacks on Gaza

- Iran's Mothers for Peace gathered in protest in front of the United Nations offices in Tehran to condemn the Israeli attacks on Gaza. Iran's Mothers for Peace expressed affinity with the Palestinian mothers who have lost family members in the Israeli attacks. - 7/24/14

Widespread Elimination of Women from Tehran City Administration "for Their Comfort"

- A Tehran Municipality manager announced on July 13, 2014 that henceforth all managers in the organization should use male employees in their offices, and the Municipality offices should be segregated by gender. - 7/23/14

Google has a 'Security Princess'

- Information Security Engineer is a pretty dry job title. Google's Parisa Tabriz instead prefers to go by "Security Princess." Yes, that is actually what it says on her business cards. -SFGate - 7/22/14

Tehran mayor stands firm on gender segregation plan

- The mayor of Tehran has defended his move to segregate male and female workers in city offices, saying: "We have religious honour and will not permit women to socialize and have contact with men other than their husbands." - 7/20/14

Iran's washing up liquid protest

- A striking piece of graffiti in the heart of Iran's capital Tehran has been widely shared on social media. It shows a woman holding up a "World Cup" in the shape of a washing up liquid bottle. What does it mean and why has it struck a chord? -BBC - 7/15/14

Protests Continue Over Ban on Iranian Women's Presence at Sporting Events: Rouhani's Deputy on Women's Affairs is "Conservative"

- While the ban on women's presence at sporting events continues in the Islamic republic, a group of women gathered at the building of the capital's provincial center building to display their unhappiness where they signed a petition and submitted it to the governor of Tehran in which they demand the authorities to provide a justification for banning women from watching volleyball at the country's largest stadium complex, the Azadi Stadium. -Niusha Saremi - 7/7/14

Activists urge volleyball group to support Iran's female fans

- More than 130 women's rights activists have written an open letter to the head of the International Federation of Volleyball demanding support for the right of women to watch volleyball matches in stadiums. - 6/30/14

Iranian Official Dressed Down Over Revealing Women's Leggings

- Skin-tight leggings popular among Iranian women have sparked an uproar in the Islamic republic's parliament, where the interior minister was dressed down over the female population's fashion choices. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/25/14

Sports, Shorts A Recipe For Rape In Iran

- Women attempting to attend World League volleyball matches being held this month in Tehran learned from the national police chief that their presence "was not in the public interest," while a female lawmaker argued that women at sporting events was a source of "disrespect and rape in society." -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/25/14

For Iranian women, makeup speaks volumes

- Under the compulsory veil and despite hard times, Iranian women are unrestrained in showing off one feature on which they feel a need to spend money. Their faces. With a female population of more than 38 million, Iran is the second-largest cosmetics market in the Middle East in terms of revenue, behind Saudi Arabia, and the world's seventh biggest. - 6/24/14

First female governor in Gilan Province of Iran appointed

- Mona Abrufarakh has become the first woman to be chosen as a governor in Gilan Province. IRNA reports that Abrufarakh will serve as governor of central Rasht. The head of provincial elections in Gilan Province said: "This appointment was based on the merits and strengths of the new governor of central Rasht." - 6/24/14

Iranian authorities once again bar women from stadium

- Reports from Iran indicate that on Friday June 20, police and security forces once again prevented women from entering the stadium to watch a volleyball match between Iran and Italy, and a number of them were even arrested. - 6/21/14

Iranian: President Rohani calls for answers on banning of women from stadium

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani has called on his Minister of Sports and his head of women's affairs to find out why Iranian women were barred from entering a stadium to watch the volleyball match between Iran and Brazil. - 6/18/14

Iranian Lawmakers Urge Rohani To Enforce Islamic Dress Code

- Iranian lawmakers have urged President Hassan Rohani to enforce the Islamic dress code that requires women to cover their hair and body with loose clothing in public. State media reported that 195 lawmakers sent a letter to Rohani on June 15, calling him to take measures against Western cultural influences, which - according to the lawmakers -- target Islamic values. - 6/16/14

The Fetish of Staring at Iran's Women

- took a series of photographs of myself in 2007 that show me sitting on the toilet, weighing myself, and shaving my legs in the bath. I shot them as an angry response to an encounter with a gallery owner in London's artsy Brick Lane... -Haleh Anvari, NY Times - 6/16/14

Iranian Women's Rights Activist, Filmmaker Summoned To Evin

- Evin Prison has summoned Mahnaz Mohammadi, the Iranian filmmaker and women's rights activist, to serve out her five-year prison sentence. Mohammadi was sentenced in September of 2012 for "assembly and collusion against national security and propaganda against the regime." - 6/9/14

Female Musicians Banned from Stage in Isfahan

- Female musicians are not allowed to go onstage and give live performances in Isfahan. Mohammad Qotbi, the head of the Isfahan Culture and Guidance administration and also a member of the clergy, compared music bands to the national football team, saying that just as there are substitutes for players on the football team, music groups should also have substitutes for their females players. - 6/7/14

Iranian women music festival opens mid June

- A music festival for Iranian women will be kicked off in Tehran mid June. "The women music festival is scheduled for June 14-23 on 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm every day," said Kamran Hemmat-Pour, the festival Director. - 6/4/14

Iranian Media Smears Champion Of Unveiled Women

- The world took notice when Iranian women used a Facebook page to openly defy the clerical establishment by posting pictures of themselves in public without a hijab. Now the country's hard-liners appear to be using more traditional media to hit back at the woman who set up the page through a smear campaign that accuses her of espionage, drug use, and immorality that led to her rape. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/3/14

Pioneer Women of Iran now available on Google Play Books

- "Pioneer Women of Iran" (Salar Zanan e Iran), authored by Mansoureh Pirnia, pictures the experience of Iranian women from pre-history up until the Islamic Revolution of 1979. "Pioneer Women of Iran" is the conclusion of 35 year experience and research, on Iranian women; the result of communication and correspondence with intellectual women as well, who have pioneered in the political and social arena of Iran. - 6/1/14

Iranian government acts on complaints from laid-off pregnant workers

- President Rohani's deputy for women's affairs says each week they are handling 20 complaints from women who have been laid off following pregnancy. The Etemad daily reports that Shahindokht Molaverdi said a large number of pregnant workers are losing their jobs after pregnancy. - 5/27/14

Iranian women theological students pay first visit to the US

- As the United States and Iran sat down in Vienna to begin drafting a long-term nuclear agreement, an exchange of another kind was playing out in and around a pastoral university a couple of hours from Washington. -Barbara Slavin, Al-Monitor - 5/18/14

Iranian Women Snap 'Stealthy' Photos Free Of Hijab

- An unveiled young woman stands in front of a sign that reads: "Sisters, observe your hijab." Another with red hair and dark glasses stands next to the ruins of Persepolis, while two others, also sans hijab, dance happily on the shores of the Caspian Sea. They are among dozens of Iranian women inside the country who have posted their hijab-less photos on a newly launched Facebook page to share their "stealthy" moments of freedom from the veil. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 5/8/14

Two Iranian women to compete in Paris-Dubai rally

- The competition which began on April 15 and will continue into May 5, is an extraordinary automobile rally to link French capital, Paris to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. The route drives 6,925km from France, Switzerland, Principaute of Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey and Iran to the UAE. - 5/1/14

She was born in Vienna, but she's Iran's first female conductor

- Growing up in Vienna, "the musical capital of the world," as she calls it, it was difficult for Nazanin Aghakhani not to fall in love with classical music. It was all around her -- on TV and radio. She was born to Iranian parents and visited Iran frequently. "In my heart I feel quite Iranian," she says. -Shirin Jaafari, PRI - 4/29/14
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