Filmmaker Mina Keshavarz Explores Economic Status of Rural Women in Iran

Elahe Amani with Mina Keshavarz – WNN Interviews (WNN) Tehran, IRAN: While it has been said that art is the currency of the 21st century, many artists around the world are facing insurmountable challenges. Women artists, especially in Iran, must overcome cultural, social and historical obstacles in exercising their freedom of expression. They must walk a […]

Men's Sports, Shorts Not For Women In Iran

Men's Sports, Shorts Not For Women In Iran

Golnaz Esfandiari – RFE/RL – Monday 1 September, 2014 Iranian women are free to love sports, as long as they do it in the safety of their own homes. Female fans got a harsh reminder of this when they attempted to cheer for their men’s soccer and volleyball teams this week. Women attempting to attend […]

Nothing But Gold: First Woman Wins Math's Nobel Prize

Nothing But Gold: First Woman Wins Math's Nobel Prize

Anushay Hossain – Forbes – Thursday, 14 August 2014 (originally published 13 Aug) My personal interest in the field of mathematics was pretty much non-existent until this week when Iranian-born Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman ever to win the prestigious Fields Medal, considered to be the equivalent of mathematics’ Nobel Prize. The Fields Medal is given every four years, […]

Defying ban, Iranian women watch World Cup with men in public

Defying ban, Iranian women watch World Cup with men in public

Reza Sayah – CNN – Tuesday, 24 June 2014 Inside one Tehran coffee shop, a young, veiled Iranian woman held her fiance’s hand tightly as the seconds ticked down in Iran’s heart-stopping World Cup match against South American powerhouse Argentina. Throughout the rest of the cafe other women intermittently cheered, gasped, and shouted instructions at […]

Iran women rights defenders stay away from UN conference in fear of reprisals

Iran women rights defenders stay away from UN conference in fear of reprisals

WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: On Monday March 10 nation members of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland along with UN experts discussed heightened dangers for human rights defenders worldwide. Not only are dangers increasing, safe locations for human rights defenders, including women human rights defenders is “shrinking,” […]

IRAN: Old challenges continue for women under new president

IRAN: Old challenges continue for women under new president

Elahe Amani with Lys Anzia – WNN Features (WNN) Los Angeles, California, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Despite the election of new President Hassan Rowhani in the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI), women continue to face new challenges in exercising their civil rights. For women this means a great challenge to reach equality as well as accessing […]

Post election Iran should remove all past ‘obstacles’ against women, say Iranian women advocates

Post election Iran should remove all past ‘obstacles’ against women, say Iranian women advocates

Golnaz Esfandiari for RFE/RL – WNN Justice (WNN/RFE/RL) Tehran, IRAN, SOUTHERN ASIA: A group of prominent Iranian women’s rights activists and intellectuals have outlined some of their main demands for President-elect Hassan Rohani, who spoke against gender discrimination during his campaign and said women and men should enjoy the same rights and opportunities. The group […]

Restrictions on Islamic dress for women continue to tighten in Iran

Restrictions on Islamic dress for women continue to tighten in Iran

WNN Breaking (WNN) Tehran, IRAN: With an increased crackdown on regulations for conservative Islamic dress codes for women in Iran, female security officers, known as the ‘morality police’ have been told to step up their efforts to enforce what Tehran Police Chief Hossein Sajedinia says is “bad headscarves, bad dress, and model-type women in vulgar dress.” […]

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