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 […]

Iranian women use Facebook to protest compulsory headscarves

Iranian women use Facebook to protest compulsory headscarves

Lys Anzia – WNN Breaking Story update: As of Monday May 19, 2014 the Facebook page Stealthy Freedoms of Iranian Women has 309,126 likes with 350,475 talking about this. (WNN) London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: When Iranian woman journalist Masih Alinejad started posting on her Facebook page about the freedom she felt not wearing a […]

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 […]

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 […]

IRAN: National conservative clerics move to sanction women from presidential bids

IRAN: National conservative clerics move to sanction women from presidential bids

WNN Justice – Iran (WNN/AI) Tehran, IRAN, CENTRAL ASIA: Iran’s ban on female presidential candidates contradicts several articles of the country’s Constitution as well as international law and should be removed, says human rights advocates Amnesty International. Thirty women have registered to stand as candidates for the forthcoming presidential election on June 14, 2013. Women […]

Iran human rights and democracy must not come through war

Iran human rights and democracy must not come through war

Victoria Azad – WNN Opinion (WNN) Stockholm, SWEDEN: For me, who has experienced the ugliness of the Iran and Iraq war, I know that war is an inhumane phenomena and its use uncivilized and unnecessary. The occurrence of war stems from ‘pure human evil’ and the incomplete growth of [all of] us as human beings. […]