Women’s Rights

August 29, 2014

Remembering Simin Behbahani: Iran’s Legendary Poet And Advocate

Remembering Simin Behbahani: Iran’s Legendary Poet And Advocate The prominent Iranian poet, Simin Behbahani, died last week in Pars hospital in Tehran, at the age of 87. In her funeral ceremony, held on August 22, thousands of Iranians gathered to say farewell to one of the legendary poets of the contemporary era. An outstanding member of Iran’s modern literary circles both inside and outside the country, Behbahani was also well known for her passionate social advocacy and support of human rights in Iran.... read more
July 18, 2014

Widespread Elimination of Women from Tehran City Administration “for Their Comfort”

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. Farzad Khalafi, Deputy Media Director at the Municipality's Communications and International Center told reporters that "This decision was made for the comfort and welfare of the women so that they would not serve as office managers and secretaries of men." ... read more
July 17, 2014

Bill Criminalizing Birth Control is “Against Citizens’ Rights,” Critics Say

Bill Criminalizing Birth Control is “Against Citizens’ Rights,” Critics Say Two prominent Iranian lawyers have questioned the legitimacy of a bill approved by the Iranian Parliament on June 24, 2014, which calls for punishment against those who perform birth control procedures such as vasectomy and tubectomy. The bills are part of an official drive to boost the country’s population. ... read more
July 10, 2014

New Wave of Arrests and Prison Sentences Against Journalists

New Wave of Arrests and Prison Sentences Against Journalists The prominent journalist Marzieh Rasouli was summoned to Evin Prison on July 8, 2014, for the implementation of her sentence of 50 lashes and two years’ imprisonment, she announced on Twitter, even though Rasouli has not yet received confirmation of the initial sentence from the appeals court.... read more
July 3, 2014

130 Women Sign Letter to Protest Women Barred From Entering Azadi Stadium

130 Women Sign Letter to Protest Women Barred From Entering Azadi Stadium More then 130 women's rights activists have asked the President of the International Volleyball Federation to protect the right of Iranian women to enter sports stadiums and attend volleyball matches. "We demand an end to gender discrimination in the sports stadiums and believe that the Iranian society is not an island isolated from the rest of the planet. The Iranian sports federations must end their selective disobedience which is neither consistent with the international regulations of ... read more
June 11, 2014

Prominent Rights Defender Faces New Charges for Her Meeting with Ashton

Prominent Rights Defender Faces New Charges for Her Meeting with Ashton Narges Mohammadi, the prominent human rights defender and Deputy Head of the now-shuttered Defenders of Human Rights Center in Tehran, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that new charges have been brought against her stemming from her March 8, 2014 meeting with the EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.... read more
June 11, 2014

Filmmaker Mahnaz Mohammadi Begins 5-Year Sentence on Baseless Charges

Filmmaker Mahnaz Mohammadi Begins 5-Year Sentence on Baseless Charges On Saturday, June 7, 2014, Iranian documentary filmmaker and women’s rights activist Mahnaz Mohammadi began serving her five-year prison sentence on security charges of “assembly and collusion against national security,” and “propaganda against the state.”... read more
June 2, 2014

State-run TV’s Disinformation Encourages Violence Against Women

State-run TV’s Disinformation Encourages Violence Against Women June 2, 2014—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran calls on President Rouhani to immediately institute supervision of Iran’s state TV and end the broadcast of programs that falsely defame dissidents and implicitly justify violence against women who do not wear the hijab, the compulsory dress that covers a woman’s head and body.... read more
May 28, 2014

Cartoon 85: Preferred Red Carpet Attire for Iranian Actresses

Cartoon 85: Preferred Red Carpet Attire for Iranian Actresses Hardliners lashed out at the prominent Iranian actress Leila Hatami for kissing a Cannes Film Festival official on May 15, 2014, and for the clothing she wore at the Festival, where she was a member of this year’s jury. Hatami, 41, greeted the 83-year-old president of the festival, Gilles Jacob, with a handshake and kiss on the cheek. That incident and the long white dress that she wore on the red carpet, which showed part of her legs above the ankles, have enraged officials at the ... read more
May 22, 2014

Actress to Be “Dealt with” for Her Greeting of Cannes Festival President

Actress to Be “Dealt with” for Her Greeting of Cannes Festival President Hardliners lashed out at the prominent Iranian actress Leila Hatami for kissing a Cannes Film Festival official on May 15, 2014, and for the clothing she wore at the Festival, where she is a member of this year's jury.... read more
April 11, 2014

Imprisoned Student Maryam Shafipour Refused Medical Treatment

Imprisoned Student Maryam Shafipour Refused Medical Treatment A source close to the family of imprisoned student activist Maryam Shafipour told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that judicial authorities have refused the family’s repeated requests for her transfer to a hospital to seek treatment for heart, stomach, and dental problems that she developed in prison. According to the source, Shafipour’s [...]... read more
March 17, 2014

UN Members Strongly Criticize Executions and Lack of Basic Freedoms in Iran

UN Members Strongly Criticize Executions and Lack of Basic Freedoms in Iran At Monday's meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed presented his report on the situation of human rights in Iran. Following his presentation, representatives of member countries, NGOs, and the Iranian delegation offered their responses.... read more