Iran (Islamic Republic of)

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Thursday, May 30, 2013
Iran: UN experts concerned at barring of women presidential candidates and freedom restrictions
A group of United Nations independent human rights experts today warned that unreasonable limitations placed on the right of Iranian citizens to stand for Presidential office, discrimination against women candidates for elections and ongoing restrictions on freedoms of expression, association and...
Monday, May 20, 2013
Women cannot contest Iran presidential election
  Women can not contest Iran’s June 14 presidential election, a member of the Islamic state’s electoral watchdog said in media reports yesterday, dashing the hopes of some 30 female candidates. “The law prohibits women from being president,” said hard-line cleric and former judiciary chief...
Monday, May 13, 2013
Presidential elections in Iran
Thirty women have registered their application to the Ministry of Interior for the June 14th elections, despite the fact that the Iranian authorities do not allow women to stand for election. Among them, Zahra, a 52 year-old teacher who has not waited for the response of the Guardian Council of the...
Friday, May 10, 2013
First female candidate registered for Iranian presidential elections
The first female candidate was registered for the upcoming presidential election in Iran, the Fars News Agency reported. Razieh Omidvar, 46, has submitted her registration to the election headquarters, and said that her goal is to improve the country's overall situation and to serve the public. The...
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Shirin Ebadi Urges Arab Women to Keep the Faith
 "The main obstacle for post-revolutionary Arab women is a "patriarchal culture" that imposes a false interpretation on Islam." On the sideline of an April 2 conference hosted by Columbia University Law School, Shirin Ebadi, who in 2003 became the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize,...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Violence against women in politics
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Iran: Parliament agrees to restriction on women's travel
The spokesman for Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Hossein Naghavi-Hosseini, said Parliament was persuaded to consider the government's proposed bill after hearing reports from experts about problems with the current regulations., He added, however, that the bill,...
Thursday, October 11, 2012
UN Women: Executive Director launches first ever knowledge hub for elected women representatives living in rural areas of South Asia
In partnership with Governments across South Asia, UN Women’s Executive Director Michelle Bachelet and four elected women representatives from South Asia launched the first ever knowledge hub for elected women representatives in rural areas across the region. Unveiled in the presence of more than...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Iran Arrests Four Women Activists
Four women activists were arrested in Iran while collecting signitures for the campaign demanding changes in the discriminatory laws against women. For more information, please visit http://www.khaleejtimes.com
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Espionage Added To Charges Against Iranian-American Scholar
A spokesperson for Iran's judiciary announced yesterday that three Iranian-Americans, including academic and women's rights advocate Haleh Esfandiari, have been formally charged with endangering national security and espionage. For more information, please visit Feminist Majority's Website.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Dark Days For Women
Judicial authorities in Iran have sentenced two women activists who participated in a peaceful protest against discriminatory laws in June 2006 to more than 30 months in jail and ten lashes. To read the full article, please visit the IPS News Website.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Iran: Haleh Esfandiari Released From Prison on Bail
Iranian-American scholar Haleh Esfandiari was released from prison in Iran on bail today, the ISNA news agency reports. Dr. Esfandiari had been detained for over 100 days on charges that she was an alleged threat to Iranian national security. Her bail was set for 3 billion rials (approximately $333...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Iran: Women's Activist Wins Human Rights Award
Parvin Ardalan, a leading Iranian women's rights activist, has won the Palme Award for her work and commitment to human rights. To read the full article, please visit the Radio Free Europe's Website.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Iran: Iran's First First Lady?
Mir Hossein Mousavi, the centrist candidate in Iran's June presidential elections, may be an old hand in politics but he certainly has a modern style for campaigning, at least in one sense. Mousavi, who was the prime minister during the Iran-Iraq war and for most of the 1980s, has surprised...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Iran: Iran Candidates Sign Up for Presidential Race
The two prominent conservative candidates -- the incumbent president and a former Revolutionary Guards chief -- formally registered their candidacy on Friday for the June 12 Iranian presidential election. To read the full article, please visit the People’s Daily Online website.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Iran: Iranian Women Call for Gender Equality
Former lawmaker and journalist Azam Taleghani is one of two women to have announced plans to run in Iran's presidential election in June.In the unlikely event Taleghani were to become president, she would encounter obstacles not often associated with a head of state. To read the full article please...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Iran: Iranian Presidential Candidates Vow to Bring Change
The only two reformist challengers to hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in upcoming elections vowed Saturday to bring change to Iran and restore the country's dignity. To read the full article, please visit the Fox News website.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Iran: Women Call For Gender Equality Ahead Of Iran's Presidential Vote
Former lawmaker and journalist Azam Taleghani is one of two women to have announced plans to run in Iran's presidential election in June.In the unlikely event Taleghani were to become president, she would encounter obstacles not often associated with a head of state.To attend state functions...