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Iranian activist’s no-hijabs Facebook page draws international human rights award

Masihthestar.com - Journalist Masih Alinejad posts pictures of women in Iran without their compulsory hijabs — and gives voice to their struggle for freedom and equality.

Culture minister slams groups stoking concert controversies

Radiozamaneh - Iran’s culture minister says his ministry will not “succumb to arbitrary and self-appointed groups” in relation to music concerts.

Culture minister slams groups stoking concert controversies

Radiozamaneh - Iran’s culture minister says his ministry will not “succumb to arbitrary and self-appointed groups” in relation to music concerts.

Administration seems to back down on women’s right to sing

Radiozamaneh - The Ministry of Culture appears to have caved in to pressure from Islamic Republic hardliners regarding women singing in public, as a recent report indicates that the female singer scheduled to perform in the opening of Fajr Music Festival did not perform.

Row over Solo Singing of Women Grows in Iran

farhangnews_112607-317673-1422858650iranhumanrights.org - There is a growing row between Hassan Rouhani's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and conservative Iranian clerics over the issue of women's singing in Iran. At least two Grand Ayatollahs said earlier this month that they will not allow women's (public) singing.

Women’s affairs chief promotes “positive reinforcement” of hijab

Radiozamaneh - The head of Women and Family Affairs says she addressed a number of controversial issues regarding women during her trip to Isfahan at a meeting with the Isfahan Women and Family Committee, where she stated among other things that the administration's approach to hijab is positive reinforcement and it is against gender segregation at work.

Ministry dismisses concerns over male-female duets

Radiozamaneh - Iran's Ministry of Culture and Guidance has responded to recent concerns expressed by two members of the clergy regarding male and female performing artists singing duets, saying: "There is no legal prohibition against issuing permits for works containing men and women singing together".

World Woman Festival 2015: Women in countries such as Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan 'worst hit' by fun

independent.co.uk - Women are the greatest victims of the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, and the extent of the violence being inflicted upon them can no longer be ignored, an international panel of human rights campaigners has said.

IRAN: PROTESTER AGAINST ACID ATTACKS JAILED: MAHDIEH GOLROU

Amnesty.org - Women's rights defender Mahdieh Golrou has been detained without charge for over two months in Tehran's Evin Prison for peacefully protesting a series of acid attacks against young women in Esfahan, Iran.

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