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Female Prisoners of Evin Prison Deprived of Proper Medical Treatment

Female Prisoners of Evin Prison Deprived of Proper Medical TreatmentHRANA News Agency – while sending political prisoners to clinics is always done with great difficulty by the judicial-security institutions, however, female prisoners, in particular women’s ward of Evin prison inmates suffer from severe deprivation, due to shortage of female security forces.

Some Female Sports Fans Allowed to Watch Men’s Volleyball Match in Tehran, But Ban Persists

CHRI - After being denied entry into Iran's sports stadiums since 2012, hundreds of women were allowed inside Tehran's 12,000-seat Azadi Arena on June 9, 2017 to watch a FIVB World Volleyball League match between Iran and Belgium.

Book Club Members in Iran Sentenced to Prison Time for Allegedly "Promoting Feminism"

CHRI - Eight political and civil rights activists have received sentences of up to four years in prison for allegedly reading and spreading feminist literature in Iran-two years after the charges were laid and during a mass trial that limited their defenses to three written sentences.

Iranian Women’s Rights Activists Use Elections as “Opportunities” to Put Forth Demands

CHRI - A member of the Women's Citizenship Center, a non-governmental organization in Tehran, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) that women's rights activists are increasingly using their leverage as an important voting block to put forth their demands during elections.

Iranian Authorities Block Attempts by Gold Medalist’s Husband to Stop Her From Competing Abroad

CHRI - For the second time, Iranian authorities have allowed two-time Iranian Paralympic gold medalist Zahra Nemati to travel abroad to compete despite her estranged husband's attempts to force her to stay home.


According to Article 18 of Iran's Passport Law, a married woman needs her husband's permission to travel abroad.

"You cannot do something for selfish reasons to endanger the interests of the nation," said Nemati in an interview with the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on May 8, 2017. "When I travel to other countries, I am representing the disabled women of my country and I bring home medals."

"My husband's wish certainly won't affect me because I don't travel for personal reasons," she added. "It's for a goal higher than a couple's marital issues."

On May 8, 2017, Nemati's husband Roham Shahabipour told the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) that he had asked the Passport Office not to issue an exit visa to Nemati after she asked for a divorce.

"After the Paralympic Olympics in Rio, Zahra left the house for some reason and has refused to come back home despite many appeals," said Shahabipour. "She has even asked for a divorce, so I banned her from traveling so she won't be able to compete in any tournaments abroad."

Nemati, who won the gold medal in women's archery at the London (2012) and Rio (2016) Paralympics, told CHRI that her husband had also attempted to force her to stay home before the Rio games, but the authorities allowed her to travel for competitions, including to an event in Switzerland in March 2017.

"My husband unfortunately banned me from traveling before the Rio games and I was very demoralized when I got there. I didn't say anything because I don't like to talk about my personal life," she said. "Of course, Mr. Shahabipour can say anything he wants, but I can only hope that future decisions by the authorities will not be influenced by his words."

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Nemati became the second woman after Iran's 1979 revolution to lead the Iranian team at the Olympics' opening ceremony.

In 2015, Niloufar Ardalan, the captain of Iran's women's national futsal team, was issued a special permit by Iran's judiciary to compete in the Asian championships in Malaysia despite her husband's attempts to make her stay home.

"I'm not going abroad for fun," Ardalan tweeted in May 2015. "My goal is to bring home glory for my national flag and my country. I'm a woman and a mother and I won't forego my rights for being either one."

 

Female Former Council Member Advocates For Women Candidates in Iran’s Local Elections

CHRI - Political parties and factions in Iran should promote more women candidates in the country's local council elections to improve gender equality, Sedigheh Vasmaghi, a former Tehran city council member, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

Men and Women Required to Run Separately in Tehran’s First International Marathon

Iranhumanrights.org - Despite interest expressed by foreign female runners, participants in Tehran's first international marathon will be required to run separately based on their sex.

Iranian women players snookered for 'un-Islamic' acts

 

Iranian women players snookered for 'un-Islamic' actstimesofindia - Iran has banned some of its women players from billiard sports competitions for a year for violating the Islamic codes of conduct at a tournament in China, sporting authorities announced.

Report Released by UN Special Rapporteur on Women’s Rights to International Women’s Day

Reportthemediaexpress -Iran is drawing international attention for its human rights violations, but as International Women's Day this week, attention is being given to the lack of rights for women in Iran. The Iranian government accepted 27 of 60 recommendations regarding the rights of women in its 2014 UPR review. These included recommendations regarding gender discrimination, early marriage, access to health and education, political and economic participation, and domestic violence.

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