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Iran Focus

London, 6 Jan - Some of the most powerful media coverage surrounding the protests against the Iranian Regime are of ordinary Iranian women defying the chauvinist laws of the Regime whilst protesting the Regime as a whole.

Amnesty International provided a details report on severe restrictions on women’s rights in Iran.

Iran Focus

London, 20 Dec - Every year, the World Economic Forum releases a Global Gender Gap report which assesses how 144 countries are doing in terms of women’s rights, parity and equality.

They calculate it using parameters like economic participation, health, life expectancy, political empowerment and opportunity, and education.

In their latest report, Iran was listed as one of the worst five countries in the world for gender equality; ahead of only Chad, Syria, Pakistan and Yemen.

Iran Focus

London, 3 Oct - When the Iranian Regime banned a female player from their national chess team for what they call “bad hijab”, the last thing they would have expected is that she would have joined the US team instead.

Dorsa Derakhshani refused to wear the traditional headscarf (known as the hijab), which all Iranian women have been forced to wear in public since the Iranian Regime took power in 1979, at a competition in Gibraltar in February and as a result the Iranian Regime dropped her from the team.

On Monday, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported that Derakhshani, who won the titles of Woman Grandmaster and International Master in 2016, has joined the US national chess team instead.

Iran Focus

London, 13 Dec - Every month, the women’s rights branch of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) compiles a wide-ranging report on the rights of women under the Iranian Government which often makes for depressing reading.

In November’s edition it was revealed that Iran’s overall ranking in terms of women’s equality- as categorised by the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap report- has slipped to 140th out 144 countries, placing above of only Chad, Syria, Pakistan and Yemen.

The WEF’s report measures economic participation and political empowerment to find out how equal the sexes are. Iran’s score was 0.583, meaning that women’s rights in Iran are just over half that of a man’s.

By Jubin Katiraie

Sahar Gholamali, a member of the Iranian Resistance, recounted her life story. It can be read in full on the NCRI Women’s Committee website.

Suppression and oppression has been a part of her life since she was born, literally, as she was born in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran during the eighties.

Her parents were both arrested for their political and social activities as they were supporters of the opposition Mojahedin (PMOI/MEK). They believed in freedom and opposed the regime that had established a religious dictatorship in the country.

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