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Thursday, May 05, 2016
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...
Wednesday, March 02, 2016
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...
Friday, November 13, 2015
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...
 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 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,...
Fatemeh Rahbar Member of Parliament, Iran
Thursday, November 13, 2014
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
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’...
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
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...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
On the occasion of Women’s Day in Iran, Iran’s president and supreme leader presented contrasting roles in society for women. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has previously rebuked President Hassan Rouhani’s cultural policies, but this appears...
Friday, April 11, 2014
UN Women’s programme “Promoting women’s political leadership and governance in India and South Asia” aims to empower elected women representatives in local governments to make public policy and resource allocation patterns responsive to women’s...
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
  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...
Monday, January 13, 2014
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...
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Samiyeh Balochzehi, 26, who was elected mayor by the Kalat city council, is an engineer and has a master’s degree in natural resources management from the Islamic Azad University Science and Research Branch in Tehran. A local who spoke to Al-Monitor...
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
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...
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
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...
Monday, August 19, 2013
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...
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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...
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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...
Monday, June 17, 2013
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...
Friday, June 14, 2013
 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...
Friday, June 14, 2013
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...
Thursday, May 30, 2013
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...
Monday, May 20, 2013
  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...
Monday, May 13, 2013
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...
Friday, May 10, 2013
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...
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
 "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...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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...
Thursday, October 11, 2012
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...
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Human Rights Watch urged Iran on Saturday to lift restrictions on women attending university and enrolling in certain academic fields. Thirty-six universities across Iran have banned women from 77 different majors, including accounting, counseling,...
Friday, September 07, 2012
Haghighatjoo, who holds a doctorate in psychology, served in the Iranian Parliament for four years beginning in 2000. After much gender discrimination and an arrest for criticizing the country’s leaders, she became the first member to resign after...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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
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...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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
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-...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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
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...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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...

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