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Remembering Maryam Mirzakhani

Maryam Mirzakhani, the accomplished Iranian mathematician, died on Saturday 15th July at the age of 40, due to breast cancer. She maryam-Mirzakhanileaves a daughter and a husband. She studied in Tehran’s Sharif University and went to Harvard for her PhD, which she completed in 2004. Tributes have been paid to her nationally and internationally, by academics who knew her professionally, praising her for her remarkable intellect and contribution to mathematics.
Her significance, as a woman from Iran, is ever more remarkable given the disdain that the ruling regime shows women and the impediments it engineers in their development, socially, economically, and politically; and the way it has hampers the development of so many girls and young women in science and education. The achievements of Maryam Mirzakhani find even greater importance in this context. She was a positive role model for so many young girls, whose interests and talents in all fields of education are neglected by a patriarchal and misogynistic system of government, and its laws and artificially imposed social norms. Read the rest of this entry »

Amnesty International on the 16-year-sentence against critically ill human rights defender

Amnesty International wrote on 19th May: ‘The shocking 16-year prison sentence against prominent human rights defender Narges Narges Mohammadi and kidsMohammadi, who has several serious, chronic illnesses, represents an all-out attack on human rights defenders in Iran, and demonstrates how Iran’s abusive criminal justice system is used as a tool of repression, said Amnesty International.
Narges Mohammadi, a distinguished human rights defender, a supporter of the anti-death penalty campaign Legam (Step by Step to Abolish the Death Penalty) and vice president of the Centre for Human Rights Defenders in Iran, was sentenced by a Revolutionary Court in Tehran which convicted her of several trumped-up national security related offences in connection with her human rights work. The verdict was communicated to her lawyer on 17 May. Read the rest of this entry »

Simin Behbahani People’s Poet and Activist Died

Simin Khalili, also known as Simin Behbahani, writer, poet and one of the founders of the Campaign of One Million Signatures and an avid supporter of the women’s siminbehbahanimovement in Iran, died on 19th August 2014 of heart and lung failure. She was born 0n 20th July 1927 in a literary family. Her mother, Fakhre Ozma Arghoon was a progressive poet and her fater Abbas Khalili was a writer and poet too. Simin married Hassan Behbahani when after divorce, she married a second time with Manoochehr Kooshiar she kept the surname.
Behbahani entered the Law School in 1958 and was engaged in teaching since 1951. Read the rest of this entry »

Shahla Farjad Steadfast fighter for Women and Refugees Died on 7 July

Shahla Farjad, one of the long-standing activists for women’s rights in Iran died on July 7th 2013.
Nahid Mazkuri, writes (excerpts) in Sedaye Mardom: “[Shahla] was a woman of small stature but a heart as big as an ocean, and despite her quiet demeanor, she was always at the forefront of the women’s struggle in the past three decades. I met this brave activist in the period immediately after the 1979 Revolution. When we were asked to launch the office of the Democratic Organisation of Iranian Women in the Province of Gilan, I rented an office in the city of Rasht to start work. Shahla Farjad joined us then, having been freed from the Shah’s prison, after the Revolution. As she was a doctor, she had come to Gilan to serve the people. She practiced medicine in a not-so-large health centre. Together with her and another friend, we founded the committee of the Democratic Organisation of Iranian Women and our work started in earnest.” Read the rest of this entry »

Women Speak

This is a translation of excerpts of short commentaries by Iranian women talking about what concerns them most in their everyday lives. The source is the Iranian Radio Zamaneh and published in Mazanan.

“…The everyday life of women is far more difficult [than men’s], and when the law, conventions and religion are added to the mix, their lives become even more limited and constricted. Discrimination, violence, sexual violence, absence of security are among the most important concerns voiced by Iranian women who took part in the ‘conversation’ with Zamaneh Radio.
The Middle East region is even more complex in the sense of the complexity of the situation that women face. Political and economic crises, the threat of war and the power of religious beliefs and tradition in the countries of the region turn everyday life into an exhausting struggle for women. Read the rest of this entry »

The imprisonment of Actresses in Iran; new developements in suppressing women

Sepideh Yousefzadeh

A month ago Marzieh Vafamenhr, who is an actress as well producer of documentaries was detained and sent to the notorious Gharechak-Varanmin prison which is known as not a prison but a torture chamber without the least of facilities. Her husband, Naser Taghvaie said: the accusations against his wife are not political but “Sharie” ,“according to the religion”!

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