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Iran’s Basij promised to butcher me for fighting compulsory hijab

Masih Alinejad – Wahington Post Masih Alinejad is a journalist and the founder of My Stealthy Freedom, a campaign to oppose laws requiring head scarves in Iran.  She is the author of an upcoming memoir “The Wind in My Hair.” About two weeks ago, I received a gruesome death threat …

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Anti-hijab protester jailed for a year in Iran

An Iranian woman who was badly injured after being pushed off a box in Tehran as she was waving her hijab during a protest has been jailed for a year. Maryam Shariatmadari, 32, was demonstrating against laws which force women to wear a veil in the Islamic republic when a …

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Why Iranian women are taking off their veils

POLICE in Tehran arrested 29 women in February for protesting against a law that makes the wearing of hijab compulsory. The arrests came as women across Iran have been posting pictures of themselves bare-headed and waving their veils aloft on sticks. Police said that the campaign had been instigated from …

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Why Iranian women are protesting now against the hijab

Ava Homa – Al Arabiya Some 30 women have been detained in Iran for protesting compulsory hijab by holding a headscarf aloft a stick. The chief prosecutor, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, who reported the arrests on Friday to state-run media called the movement a “childish” one, incited and funded in foreign …

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The Islamic Republic’s War on Women

ZIBA MIR-HOSSEINI (Foreign Policy)   The phone calls started about six weeks ago. Men who didn’t introduce themselves, working for Iran’s security agencies, rang the country’s most prominent women’s rights activists and demanded they show up for interrogations. All the activists were told the same thing: “Don’t tell anyone we’ve called you …

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Many Iranian women and youth feel failed by reformists ahead of vote

Parisa Hafezi (Reuters)   Many Iranian women and young people are disillusioned about the upcoming elections, desperate for reform but losing hope in their pragmatic president and his promise of a freer society. The Feb. 26 parliamentary poll will see pro-reform candidates, who broadly back President Hassan Rouhani, attempt to …

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Female genital mutilation practised in Iran, study reveals

The first authoritative study into female genital mutilation in Iran has found the practice is being carried out in at least four major provinces while officials are silent on the matter. According to research by social anthropologist Kameel Ahmady released on Thursday, FGM is more prevalent in the southern province …

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Conservative Cleric Calls Iran’s Veiling Policy Wrong-Headed

A conservative Iranian cleric has sharply criticized enforcement of the obligation for women to wear the Islamic head scarf, or hijab, since the 1979 revolution and the creation of Iran’s Islamic republic. For more than three decades, Iranian clerics and officials –mostly men — have praised the purported benefits of …

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6 pervasive misconceptions about Iranian women

Nina Ansary (New York Times) The following is adapted from a chapter in Nina Ansary’s new bookJewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran due out later this month. The historical narrative of the “woman question” in Iran is an intricate labyrinth, not a story that can be accurately recounted …

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The 5th Panel: Gender Equality as one of the Foundations of Democracy

The title of the fifth and the last panel was “Gender equality as one of the foundations of Democracy″. It was moderated by Nahid Hosseini and the speakers were Mahshid Pegahi, Golaleh Sharafkandi, and Amin Riyahi.     Nahid Hosseini asked why women cannot be elected as president in Iran. …

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