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'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

Fed-up Iranian women organize to take more seats in parliament

- Nine women and 281 men. Such is the composition of the Iranian parliament. Rights activists believe this lopsided gender imbalance is one reason why so many discriminatory laws against women have been passed by the current legislature, in office since 2012. -Zahra Alipour, Al Monitor - 1/22/16

Ashraf Pahlavi: Portrait of a Persian Princess

- History often has trouble giving powerful women their due - Princess Ashraf Pahlavi certainly falls into this category. Her death on 7 January 2016 in Monte Carlo at the age of 96 did not spawn the usual publicity, controversy and myth that overshadowed her amazing life. We live in a world of vanishing icons and in their passing we are often drawn to the past - forensically sifting through the debris of time, piecing together the remains of an existence. -Cyrus Kadivar - 1/21/16

The Woman Shaping Iran's Oil Future

- Raised in a pistachio-farming family in tradition-minded southern Iran, Hassanzadeh, 31, earned her law degree and Ph.D. in the U.K. on scholarships. She literally wrote the book on Iran's natural gas industry since the 1979 Islamic revolution--it was published last year by Oxford University Press. She has returned to Iran to head a consulting firm, Energy Pioneers, based in Tehran and London, that's at the vanguard of Iran's all-out push to lure back foreign investors after the expected lifting of sanctions in coming months. -Peter Waldman, Bloomberg - 1/15/16

Iranian Reformist Journalist Begins Serving Prison Sentence for Her Writings on Facebook

- The well-known reformist journalist Reyhaneh Tabatabaie surrendered herself to Evin Prison authorities on January 12, 2016, to serve a one-year prison sentence. Tabatabaie's imprisonment follows a string of arrests of journalists and reformists, as hardliners in Iran move to silence moderate and independent voices ahead of critical Parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections in February 2016. - 1/14/16

Detained Iranian Poet Describes Being Transported in a Cage and Watched "Like a Murderer"

- The poet Hila Sedighi, who was arrested and held for two days amidst an intensifying crackdown on independent artistic and cultural figures in Iran, has posted a description of her 48-hour detention on her Facebook page, stating that she was watched throughout her detention "as if they were watching a murderer." - 1/12/16

Young Iranian poet, Hila Sedighi, released on bail

- Iranian poet Hila Sedighi, who was arrested this week at Imam Khomeini Airport upon arriving in Tehran, was released on bail on Saturday January 9. The Kaleme website reported the arrest of the young poet, saying she had apparently been sentenced in absentia. - 1/11/16

Young Poet Hila Sedighi Arrested at Airport in Tehran, Latest in String of Arrests

- The poet and civil activist Hila Sedighi was arrested at Imam Khomeini International Airport on January 7, 2016, as she and her husband returned from a trip to the United Arab Emirates, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. - 1/9/16

Iranian weekly suspended for sexual insults against female adviser

- The Ya Lesarat weekly has lost its publication permit for insulting the president's adviser on women and family affairs. In its last two issues, Yalsarat has published articles containing sexual insults aimed at Shahindokht Molaverdi. - 1/5/16

Katayoun Goudarzi and Shujaat Husain Khan Continue a Musical Journey with the Release of "Ruby"

- The melding of musical styles is too dry a term, and perhaps a foolish one, but it is hard to put into words what occurs on some occasions. The harmonious relationship between Iranian-born singer Katayoun Goudarzi and one of India's foremost and prolific classical musicians Shujaat Husain Khan defies proper description. -BWW - 1/4/16

Highest Ranked Woman in Iran's Government to Sue Extremist Publication

- The Iranian government's most senior female official, Shahindokht Mowlaverdi, plans to take legal action against an extremist publication for comparing her to a prostitute. The weekly Ya Lesarat, the mouthpiece of the shadowy, semi-official vigilante group Ansar-e Hezbollah known for its violent enforcement of ultraconservative dictates, has a long history of defaming and inciting violence against women with whom it has ideological differences. - 1/1/16

Iran opens its first marathon to tourists - but women can't compete

- Iran's first marathon invites international tourists to run to the ancient city of Persepolis, but rules prevent women from joining -Lizzie Porter, Telegraph - 12/31/15

Sexual Insults Against Iranian President's Adviser May Shut Down Weekly

- Ali Jannati, Iran's minister of Culture and Guidance, has announced that the Yalsarat weekly may be denied publication in the coming week. The weekly has published articles containing sexual insults to Shahindokht Molaverdi, the president's adviser on women and family issues. - 12/30/15

War of Words: A woman's battle to end stoning and juvenile execution in Iran

- In the Mazandaran province of northern Iran, where the Elburz Mountains careen toward the Caspian Sea, Asieh Amini grew up on a farm surrounded by kiwi and tangerine orchards. Born in 1974, Amini was the third of four sisters. -Laura Secor, New Yorker - 12/28/15

Ten Iranian women run for Assembly of Experts, hundreds run for Parliament

- Hossein Ali Amiri, the secretary and spokesman for the Interior Ministry's election headquarters, says 10 women have registered their names to run for a spot in the Assembly of Experts. This is the first time that women are stepping into the Assembly of Experts election arena. - 12/24/15

Professor makes history as first woman to aim for Iran's Assembly of Experts

- For the first time, a woman has registered to run for the Assembly of Experts. ISNA reported on Thursday December 17 that Esmat Savadi, a seminary and university professor, registered her name as a nominee for the Assembly Experts at a Tehran elections office on the first day of nominee registrations. - 12/18/15

Was this really how women dressed in IRAN before the revolution?

- Photos of models from the 1970s show plunging necklines and heavy make-up in a startling contrast with today's strict dress code -Daily Mail - 12/18/15

Iranian Ayatollah Criticizes Working Women

- An influential spiritual leader in Iran has criticized what he described as the boom in working women, blaming the policies of President Hassan Rohani. "Why do people always insist that women work, although so many of our men are unemployed," said Ayatollah Seyyed Yousef Tabatabai-Nejad, the leading preacher in the central city of Isfahan. - 12/5/15

100 Women 2015: Iranian women's fight for freedom

- Iran is better known for its religious conservatism than its history of women's rights. But although it might not be obvious to outsiders, the feminist movement in the country has a rich and varied history. -Faranak Amidi, BBC - 12/4/15

Iran's Elaheh Ahmadi stands atop air rifle women world shooting podium

- Female Iranian sports shooter Elaheh Ahmadi has been crowned as the world's best athlete of the 10-meter air rifle women division in the November edition of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) rankings. - 12/2/15

Iran's Wrestling Federation slams cancellation of orchestra performance

- Rasoul Khadem, head of Iran's Wrestling Federation has called for an investigation into the cancellation of Tehran Symphonic Orchestra performance in the closing of World Wrestling Championships. - 12/1/15
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