We the undersigned, representing international women’s groups and activists, human rights organizations and activists, university and academic centers, and social justice initiatives, would like to express our support for Iranian women in their effort to reform laws and achieve equal status within the Iranian legal system.
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Change for Equality: Jila Baniyaghoub women’s rights activist and journalist was released on June 24, 2013 after serving her one year prison term. Jila was arrested in the aftermath of contested 2009 Presidential elections. She was charged with "spreading propaganda against the system" and "insulting the president". The court banned her from practicing journalism for thirty years and sentenced her to a year in prison. Her husband Bahman Ahmadi Amouee also a journalist (...))
Change for Equality: With the election of Hassan Rouhani as the future President of Iran, there was a general sense that pressures on activists would end or lessen. Women’s rights activists were no different and had hoped that with the election of a new President who had signaled changes in policies of exerting pressures on social activists, a more conciliatory approach would be adopted by security forces and the judiciary as well. Unfortunately, to date this has not happened and despite (...)
Change for Equality: Elham Alsadaat Asghari is the first woman to break a record in open water in Iran. In June she broke the record for the crawl in the Caspian Sea, but when she went to register her important achievement, she was confronted with an unbelievable problem. The officials at the Ministry of Sports told her that they cannot register her record because there is no officially registered description at the Ministry with respect to requirements for “women’s swimming suites for open (...)
Change for Equality:: "As expected, Nasrin is very weak and has lost a significant amount of weight" says Reza Khandan
From the Facebook of Reza Khandan, the husband of incarcerated human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh in solitary confinement and on the 20th day of a hunger strike at Evin prison
We are extremely concerned for Nasrin’s well begin ever since we heard the news yesterday that she had been transferred from the general ward at Evin to solitary confinement at ward 209 [under the (...)
The elimination of subsidies, the increasing economic sanctions, policies of economic adjustment, privatization, and the increasing growth of parasitic economics have resulted in the closure of many production plants, and the move of the industrial and agricultural production sector toward non-production activities are threating the lives and livelihood of millions of workers and their families in Iran.. The reports of the Economic Commission of the Parliament of the IRI, as reported by (...)
The Iranian authorities must protect all detainees and prisoners from harassment and degrading treatment, Amnesty International said today, after nine female political prisoners, including prisoners of conscience, started a hunger strike in response to alleged abuse by prison guards.
The women, who are all held in Tehran’s Evin Prison include activists and journalists. They say they were subjected to humiliating and degrading body searches by female guards from the Prison Security Section (...)
Change for Equality:International women activists and women’s organizations have issued a statement expressing grave concern over the health and wellbeing of ten female prisoners of conscience who started hunger strikes to protest illegal and inappropriate treatment in prison. Two-hundred and seventy five individuals and 22 organizations representing 35 countries, have called for the immediate release of these prisoners of conscience. They have also urged the Iranian authorities to ensure (...)read more
By: Jila Baniyaghoob, Imprisoned Journalist and Women’s Rights Activist
Change for Equality: Jila Baniyaghoob, women’s rights activist and journalist who is currently serving her one year prison term in Evin prison, has written a letter to her journalist husband, Bahman Ahmadi Amouie, who is serving a 5 year prison term in Rajaee Shahr prison. The following is the translation of Jila’s letter to Bahman.
My dearest Bahman, It has been two months since I last saw you; two months since that last visit at Rajai Shahr prison when I looked at you from behind (...)read more
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Translated by: Salman Zia Ebrahimi
The town of Varzaghan, located in the province of Eastern Azerbaijan in Iran, boasts the second highest copper deposits in Iran only after Kerman which has the highest copper deposits in the country. Mining this expensive metal has had no positive effect on the lives and welfare of the people here. The residents of the town of Varzaghan and its surrounding villages were grappling with poverty even before this earthquake. This is (...)read more
Change for Equality: Alieh Eghdam Doust, women’s rights activist was released from prison today on January 8, 2011 after serving a three year prison term. Upon her release from prison, Alieh was greeted by women’s rights and human rights activists who waited for her outside Evin prison. She was then taken to the home of one of the Campaign activists, where a party was held in her honor and to celebrate her release. Women’s rights activists, peace activists, human rights and student (...)read more