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Iran Womens Rights

Jila Goes to Prison: Interview With an Iranian Feminist

Setareh Sabety | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact
Setareh Sabety

"After I entered the profession I realized that being a journalist and a critic of the political authority in Iran meant that your publication could be shut down and you could end up in prison. However, I had fallen in love with journalism."

Iranians Question Tradition on Sex, Virginity and Marriage

Mehrnaz Samimi | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Mehrnaz Samimi

Most traditional and religious Iranians, particularly those who live in smaller provinces, believe that women must save their virginity for marriage. ...

The Statistics of Evil

Reza Pahlavi | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Reza Pahlavi

For the Iran watchers and policy makers who think President Rouhani has any real authority in Iran, know that the absolute power in Iran and man responsible for this evil is Ayatollah Khamenei, along with the other unelected members of the Supreme Council.

Iranian Cleric: Woman Can't Be President In Iran

AP | Posted 07.16.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — A member of Iran's constitutional watchdog group insists that women cannot be presidential candidates, a report said Thursday, ef...

LOOK: Iranian Men Don Drag For Social Equality Campaign

Posted 04.24.2013 | Gay Voices

Photos from a stunning new Iranian campaign called "Kurdish Men for Equality" are making the blogosphere rounds. As Al-Jazeera reports, the Facebo...

Why We Should 'Adopt' Iranian Women Prisoners of Conscience

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 01.27.2013 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Now that many names of those in Evin prison have been published, these courageous women must not be forgotten and the Iranian government should be pressured for their immediate release.

Human Rights: Lost in the Midst of Negotiations?

Fariba Amini | Posted 07.30.2012 | World
Fariba Amini

Is the nuclear program more important in Islamic Republic's quest for status and power than overcoming the economic malaise, the terrible pollution gripping its capital and the growing suffocation of civil liberties?

Iranian Female Ninjas Suing Media For Defamation

Posted 03.29.2012 | World

By Kristin Deasy, GlobalPost A group of Iranian female martial artists have hit out at Reuters over a report that allegedly described them ...

Women's Rights Can't Flower In Arab Spring

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 02.27.2012 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

U.S. President Barack Obama's choices may be limited but his misreading of Islamist intentions could accelerate the religious extremism that is rapidly fading the Arab Spring's bloom

Courage in Journalism

Tabby Biddle | Posted 12.24.2011 | Impact
Tabby Biddle

Despite the hazards that have threatened her life and the life of her family, Parisa Hafezi, bureau chief for Reuters in Iran, has fought efforts to censor reporting and has battled against tough restrictions on women in the media.

Iranian Female Artists Unveiled: Robert Adanto's Pearls on the Ocean Floor Screening at the Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles

Mahasti Afshar | Posted 06.12.2011 | Los Angeles
Mahasti Afshar

Iran BLOCKED From UN Board On Women's Rights

The Globe and Mail | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Stiff opposition from a group of countries including the U.S. and Canada derailed a bid by Iran to join the executive board of a high-powered United N...

Iran's Women: Canaries in the Coal Mine

Azar Nafisi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Azar Nafisi

Iranian women have once more become the standard by which degrees of freedom can be measured. Their resistance will not only shape Iran's future, but have far-reaching effects on Muslim countries and the way Islam is defined.

CONTROVERSY: Will Canada, U.S. Deny Iran A Seat On Powerful UN Board For Women's Rights?

Globe and Mail | JOANNA SLATER AND CAMPBELL CLARK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Iran's controversial bid to join the board of a powerful new United Nations agency promoting equality for women is running into intense resistance fro...

Iranian Women Poised for Major Setback

Shayan Ghajar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shayan Ghajar

While purporting to hold the values of Islam and the 1979 Revolution sacrosanct, the current actions of the Iranian government demonstrate that when threatened, they are willing to turn their backs on both and erase the decades of struggle that improved the status of women in Iran today.

Iran Warns Suntanned Woman That They May Be Arrested

AOL News | Mara Gay | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Suntanned women are defying Islamic values and will be arrested, an Iranian police chief said, according to The Telegraph....

Iranian Cleric: Promiscuous Women Cause Quakes

AP | SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIRUT — A senior Iranian cleric says women who wear immodest clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes. Iran is one of th...

A Veiled Movement for Women's Rights Sweeps Iran

Nasim Novin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nasim Novin

In an unprecedented show of support for women's rights, Iranian men have posted photos of themselves wearing the head covering typically worn by Muslim women.

Iran Cleric: "God's Fury" Will Be Unleashed If Female Governers Allowed

Alarabiya | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A top hardline Iranian cleric said on Thursday that "God's fury" would be unleashed if Iran appoints women as governors of some provinces, as was rais...

Iran's Economy Forces Women To Hawk Trinkets On Subways

GlobalPost | Iran GlobalPost Correspondant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- The train stops at Tehran's 7-Tir station. Doors open and a rush of female passengers elbow their way inside the woman-only wagon. On ...

In Iran Women Race Ahead, But Still Face Gender Block (VIDEO)

WorldFocus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In Iran, women have made remarkable strides in education in the last decades -- 65 percent of college undergraduates are female and 70 percent of gr...

Iran: Male Clerics Call for Justice While Female Parliamentarians Advocate for Discriminatory Laws Against Women

Sara Dehghan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sara Dehghan

In Iran, appointing loyal hardline females to ministries does not translate into women's equal rights. It is another cunning strategy by Ahmadinejad's government to fool the world.

Iran's Women A Driving Force Behind Green Movement

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Her eyes, wide open, she seemed to be staring into nothingness as her body was drained of its blood. The world watched Neda Agha-Soltan, a 26-year...

It's Hard to Debate Feminism When You're Dodging Bullets

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Peggy Drexler

On the streets of Tehran women young and old, rich and poor, in skirts and chadors were saying something powerful about the irrelevance of what feminism is and is not.

Iran Election Puts Women's Rights In Focus: Gallup

Gallup | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The attention women's rights have received during Iran's presidential campaign has galvanized the country's electorate ahead of this Friday's election...