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, […]

Women journalists imprisoned as Iran tightens down on press freedom

Women journalists imprisoned as Iran tightens down on press freedom

WNN Breaking (WNN/ICHRI) New York, U.S., AMERICAS: The prominent journalist Marzieh Rasouli was summoned to Evin Prison on July 8, 2014, for the implementation of her sentence of 50 lashes and two years’ imprisonment, she announced on Twitter, even though Rasouli has not yet received confirmation of the initial sentence from the appeals court. “They quickly […]

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 […]

This is the real face of Iranian women

This is the real face of Iranian women

Haleh Anvari – Guardian – Tuesday, 20 May 2014 (originally published 14 May) The Facebook page “Stealthy freedoms of Iranian women”, where Iranian women are sharing photos of themselves without their hijab, is attracting attention in the world’s media. That is no surprise. Iran is a country that has been represented through the garb of […]

IRAN: Literary magazine faces charges as Islamic dress controversy for women continues

IRAN: Literary magazine faces charges as Islamic dress controversy for women continues

WNN Breaking (WNN) Tehran, IRAN, SOUTHERN ASIA: Conservative Islamic dress for women inside Iran is on the plate this month as a long-standing literary magazine, known as “Bukhara,” working out of Iran’s capital city of Tehran, is under Iranian government scrutiny. Under charges of going against ‘Islamic values’ Iran’s Press Court with the jurisdiction of […]

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 […]

Reaching for the Stars: a teenage girl from Iran dreams of becoming an astronomer

Reaching for the Stars: a teenage girl from Iran dreams of becoming an astronomer

Angela Watercutter – Wired.Co.UK – Wednesday, 29 January 2014 (originally published on 24 Jan) Reaching for the Stars is an earnest and inspiring documentary about a teenage Iranian girl who dreams of being an astronomer. It’s been getting a lot of attention since its recent debut at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival, but for anyone not […]

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