Iran Focus

London, 10 Mar - The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, decided to share his views on women’s rights on International Women’s Day and it didn’t go down well among Iranian women or their supporters.

Khamenei used Twitter- a site banned for the Iranian people- to praise his bastardised version of Islam for keeping women “modest” and in their “defined roles”, by which he means as wives and mothers, while lashing out at the West for corrupting women into leading a “deviant lifestyle”.

Iran Focus

London, 08 Mar - An Iranian woman who publically removed her headscarf in Tehran has been sentenced to two years in prison, according to Iran's state-run news agencies.

Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said that the woman, who he did not identify, was attempting to "encourage corruption through the removal of the hijab in public."

The Mizan Online news agency, which is affiliated with the Iranian judiciary, also didn’t name the woman in its reports, but indicated that she would appeal.

Iran Focus

London, 02 Mar - Iran has detained 35 women for attempting to attend a football match on Thursday, March 1.

The match, between Tehran teams Esteqlal and Persepolis at the Azadi (Freedom) stadium, was being attended by FIFA president Gianni Infantino, and Iranian Sport Minister Masoud Soltanifar, which is why women's rights activists called for female football fans to attend.

They believed that this protest against the sexist ban on women attending men’s football games, which has been in place since the mullahs took power in 1979, would have extra prominence with Infantino there and attract the FIFA chief’s attention to the issue.

Iran Focus

London, 28 Feb - In recent days, women have been brutalized and arrested by the regime’s forces as they protest wearing the compulsory veil.

These actions are vehemently condemned by Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in an article published on February 27th, 2018.

Calling on Iran’s youth, and the sisterhood of women, The NCRI Women’s Committee are pleading that the Revolutionary Guard and the regime’s security forces not be allowed to apprehend the protesting women.

by Jubin Katiraie

In a previous piece on the Iranian Resistance's commitment to gender equality, we highlighted the ten areas that Maryam Rajavi and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) believe are essential to achieving equality of men and women in Iran.

One of those areas was clothing, specifically the right of women to choose their own attire without interference from the government, and we want to explain why Maryam Rajavi believes it is essential to gender equality in Iran.

Mandatory hijab introduction

Following the 1979 revolution, the Iranian Regime introduced mandatory hijab in Iran, which meant that women needed to be veiled in public. At the time, Iranian women rallied against the introduction of the law and the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), a member group of the NCRI, organised demonstrations against it.


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