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Iran women in politics
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Low female participation rate in Iranian elections symptom of gender inequality
The low number of female participants in Iranian elections is an indicator of inequality in the political, social and cultural fabric of the country, women’s rights advocate Nahid Tavasoli told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Speaking from Tehran, the editor-in-chief of Nafe, an...
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Iran elections: record 6% women elected
Iranian voters elected a record number of women to parliament since before the 1979 Islamic revolution. The 17 women elected make up 6% of the new cohort of 290 MPs. Only 16 cleric MPs have been voted in, meaning the new parliament will include more women than religious leaders. The BBC's Kasra...
Wednesday, March 02, 2016
Victory for women in Iran's parliamentary elections
The Islamic Republic’s 10th parliamentary elections is said to have ended with two main big winners: Reformists and women.  Early numbers show twice the number of female members as in the previous parliament. The youngest new Member of Parliament is Seyedeh Fatemeh Hosseini, a 30-year old PhD...
Friday, November 13, 2015
Iran appointed its first female ambassador since 1979
On Sunday November 8th, 2015, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran appointed his country’s first female ambassador abroad since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. The new Ambassador of Iran in Malaysia is one of Iran’s most high-profile female public figures as she previously served as...
 Afkham is a veteran of Iran’s diplomatic service, having served as a ministerial aide and later as head of its public relations department. Photo-Youtube
Monday, April 13, 2015
Iran to appoint first female ambassador since Islamic revolution
Iran is to appoint its first female ambassador since the 1979 Islamic revolution, marking a breakthrough for women in government under the moderate president,Hassan Rouhani.  Marzieh Afkham, who is the country’s first foreign ministry spokeswoman, will head a mission in east Asia, the state news...
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Fatemeh Rahbar
Fatemeh Rahbar, Member of Parliament in Iran speaks to iKNOW politics about campaigning and election to parliament as a woman in her country.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Beijing +20 National Review, Iran
Preparation of the National Report on Beijing+20 is a precious opportunity to both illustrate the achievements in the Iranian women's and girls' empowerment and review the challenges. Undoubtedly, the international mechanisms for promotion of women’s status, in particular the Commission on the...
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
World Cup ban? Iran's women just don't care
Iran’s female football fans have openly defied their country’s regime. How? By watching the World Cup in the company of their male family and friends. Over the past two weeks - before their national team crashed out of the tournament - women were spotted in cafes and restaurants, in the company of...
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Rohani deputy reports on lack of women among Iranian leaders
  The presidential deputy for women and family affairs says Iranian women are mostly excluded from top positions in the government. ILNA reports that Shahindokht Molaverdi said in a report that except for a few women in Parliament, the unfortunate truth is there are no women in top posts. We...
Monday, January 13, 2014
Rohani deputy reports on lack of women among Iranian leaders
The presidential deputy for women and family affairs says Iranian women are mostly excluded from top positions in the government. ILNA reports that Shahindokht Molaverdi said in a report that except for a few women in Parliament, the unfortunate truth is there are no women in top posts. We invite...
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Baluchi Sunni woman elected mayor is first for Iran
The election of the first Baluchi woman last week as the mayor of Kalat, a city in the south of Iran, was an unprecedented event in one of the most underprivileged and conservative provinces in Iran. It is a significant step which local experts believe that can inspire Baluchi women to work for...
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Female Journalists Sitting On Floor In Iran An Illustration Of Gender Inequality?
Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, may have pledged to promote women's rights and recently nominated a female vice president. But, if a striking image captured during Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif's introduction is any indication, Iran still has a long way to go when it comes to gender...
Monday, August 19, 2013
Is this woman really 'too sexy' to be in politics?, Iran
Last week, 27-year-old Iranian architect Nina Siahkali Moradi made global headlines when she was denied a seat in Qazvin City Council in Iran because, according to global headlines, she was deemed "too attractive" for office.  Moradi received a total of 10,000 votes in the elections and was set to...
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
City council candidate 'too attractive' for Iranian politics
Despairing news from Iran... Nina Siahkali Moradi, 27, was barred from taking up her seat in Qazvin by the conservative electoral review board. An electoral candidate who won a place on a city council in Iran has reportedly been barred from taking up the seat because she is too attractive.During...
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Iranian president names female vice president
Iranian president Hasan Rouhani on Monday appointed Elham Aminzadeh, a law and public policy professor at Tehran University, as Vice-President of Legal Affairs, effectively making her the first woman in the Islamic Republic’s history to hold the influential position. Rouhani’s nomination of...
Monday, June 17, 2013
Iranians vote for change, however gradual
For a moment it looked as if she was going to tear her headscarf off. The large, colourfully dressed woman in the crowds thronging Tehran's Kaj Square did not speak much English, but she had no problems making herself understood. "We're so happy, we're so happy," she shouted, amid the cacophony of...
Friday, June 14, 2013
Iranian women seek larger political role ahead of vote
 Iranian women are demanding a larger role in politics ahead of the country’s June presidential election even while remaining true to tradition by donning the Islamic veil. Iran's presidential election campaigns are in full swing, and women have seized on this voting opportunity to make their...
Friday, June 14, 2013
Women see flicker of hope for rights in Iran vote
Iran's presidential election is offering a flicker of hope to activists hoping to revive women's rights after they deteriorated during the eight years of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's presidency. The ailing economy, hit hard by international sanctions against Iran's vital oil income which has sparked...