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.
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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 on condition of anonymity said that Balochzehi is a widow, that her sister is on the city council and that she comes from a wealthy and influential family.
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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 more rights and break boundaries that have been created by both the state and society.
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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 Status of Women, play an important role to carry out an objective and unbiased assessment of the achievements as well as the challenges in implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Read more
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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 the polls in the city of Qazvin, 27-year-old Nina Siahkali Moradi received 10,000 votes, placing her 14th out of 163 candidates.
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This report provides insight into integrating cultural analysis in development programmes, especially in the critical areas of gender equity and equality and reproductive health and rights. The culmination of two years' work with UNFPA field offices, headquarters staff and technical advisers, the report examines culturally sensitive programming during the past decade in a number of countries where UNFPA operates- Brazil, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Uganda and Yemen. Read more
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.
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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.
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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 equality.
In the photo taken earlier this month, female journalists sit on the floor and take notes during the inauguration. They are surrounded by men, many of whom are seated in chairs.
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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 country's overall situation and to serve the public. The Iranian Constitution has not explicitly banned women from the post of presidency. Naturally, if Omidvar wins the elections, she will become the first ever female president of Islamic Republic of Iran.
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Four women activists were arrested in Iran while collecting signitures for the campaign demanding changes in the discriminatory laws against women.
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Regarding the three female nominees, he said that "their presence would boost the confidence of Iranian women" and vowed to provide grounds for more active participation of women in politics and other social arenas.According to Press TV, Ahmadinejad on Friday urges lawmakers to pass their judgment based on a general trust in the nominees.
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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 the anti-reform Guardian Council banned thousands of reformist candidates from the 7th Parliamentary election. In parliament, Haghighatjoo worked on human rights and women’s issues such as family planning and divorce law.
Haghighatjoo gave a talk at USC last Thursday, Aug. 30, entitled “Islam, Politics, and Gender Equality Movements.” She spoke... Read more
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 bail was set for 3 billion rials (approximately $333,000).
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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.
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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-Iraq war and for most of the 1980s, has surprised everyone by appearing in all his campaign trips with his wife. He has also openly called for talks with the US, and as such he seems keen to present a new, non-clerical image. The electoral campaign opens officially after 16 May and Mousavi is coming second place in the polls, following the incumbent... Read more
IRANIAN President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has moved to soften his hardline image by nominating three women to his cabinet following June's disputed election.As a trial began of 25 more activists and opposition supporters, Mr Ahmadinejad named MP Fatemeh Ajorlou as Social Welfare Minister and Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi as Health Minister. A third woman is to be named later.
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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.
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For the first time in Iran's 30-year history of presidential elections, candidates are going all out to win over female voters, making a flurry of last-minute appeals before Friday's balloting. Today's campaigns are a departure from the past, when candidates spoke of women voters in general terms, mostly centered on their respect for a mother's role in society or through economic assistance to widows.
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