Women’s Rights

October 24, 2014

Protesters Deploring Acid Attacks against Women Are Beaten and Arrested

Protesters Deploring Acid Attacks against Women Are Beaten and Arrested An October 22, 2014 gathering in front of the Iranian Parliament to protest the recent acid attacks against women has ended in the violent beating and arrests of several citizens, human rights activist Narges Mohammadi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Sources also told the Campaign that plainclothes agents used batons and tear gas to disperse the large crowd that had gathered outside the Judiciary building in the city of Isfahan.... read more
October 22, 2014

Sotoudeh: Acid Attacks on Women Show “Plan to Promote Virtue” Must Stop

Sotoudeh: Acid Attacks on Women Show “Plan to Promote Virtue” Must Stop Following a spate of violent attacks on women in Iran, in which unidentified perpetrators have thrown acid in the faces of women in the city of Isfahan for their alleged improper hijab (the Islamic dress code for women), prominent human rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the Iranian Parliament’s "Plan on Protection of Promoters of Virtue and Preventers of Vice" must be immediately suspended.... read more
October 9, 2014

Iranian Women Do Not Have the Right to Control Their Bodies

Iranian Women Do Not Have the Right to Control Their Bodies Since President Hassan Rouhani assumed office in August 2013, there has been a marked increase in state policies by hardliners in the government directly infringing upon the most basic rights of Iranian women. These hardliners, who dominate Parliament and are ensconced in the security, intelligence, and judicial branches of government, have focused in particular on two issues, both of which concern women’s bodies: the observance of “proper” hijab (Islamic dress) and the availability ... read more
October 9, 2014

Sit-in by Political Prisoner’s Mother to Protest Lack of Due Process

Sit-in by Political Prisoner’s Mother to Protest Lack of Due Process The mother of Ghoncheh Ghavami, a prisoner on hunger strike since October 1, has started a sit-in outside Evin Prison to protest her daughter's detention for more than 100 days without access to her lawyer. "Today is one hundred days since my daughter's arrest. None of the authorities seem to have heard us during this time. I have come to stand in front of Evin Prison this morning, and I won't move until my daughter is released," Ghavami's mother told the International Campaign for Human ... read more
September 21, 2014

Cartoon 93: Rouhani in New York

Cartoon 93: Rouhani in New York As Iranian President Hassan Rouhani prepares to come to New York next week to attend the UN General Assembly and other meetings, there is a lot of anticipation for how he would answer questions in the US media interviews that aim to polish the Islamic Republic’s image before western audiences. During his presidency, Mr. Rouhani’s [...]... read more
September 18, 2014

Detention Continues for Woman Attempting to Attend Volleyball Match

Detention Continues for Woman Attempting to Attend Volleyball Match The decision to extend the temporary detention orders of Ghoncheh Ghavami, the young woman with dual British-Iranian citizenship who was arrested for trying to attend a volleyball game in Tehran, is under court review after Ghavami’s lawyer filed a formal objection. The family of Ghavami has also objected strenuously to her continued detainment.... read more
September 11, 2014

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

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 ... read more
September 4, 2014

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

Gender Segregation Gains Momentum in Iran: Women Prohibited from More Jobs The accelerated efforts to restrict women's access to jobs, professions, and public venues continue in Iran. In the latest announcement, Colonel Khalil Helali, Head of the Public Buildings Office of the Iranian Police, said on August 30, 2014, that henceforth women are not allowed employment in coffee shops, coffee houses, and traditional Iranian restaurants. No laws or reasons were cited as the basis for the decision to bar women from having such jobs.... read more
September 3, 2014

Gender Segregation Violates the Rights of Women in Iran

Gender Segregation Violates the Rights of Women in Iran  Commentary by Leila Mouri*  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 [...]... read more
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