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Female Head Of Iran's Polo Federation Fired Over Private Photos

RFL/RE - Iran's sports federation has fired Golnar Vakil Gilani, the head of the Polo Federation, over leaked private photos. Gilani told Iranian news agencies that she had not received any letter in this regard but the sports authorities had appointed another woman as temporary president for the federation.

Former head of Iran's Polo Federation, Golnar Vakili Gilani
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Defying the decision, Gilani said she will continue her job as president until the last day. She told Iranian media that she had been under pressure by the sports federation to resign for months.

"They threatened me several times and used some unfair tools against me, but I refused to resign," she said in an interview with the Iranian newspaper Sharhvand. She did not provide any explanation about the nature of the dispute.

According to some reports, Gilani's opponents had come into possession of her private photos and apparently threatened to publish them.

Iranian law requires women to wear hijab in public. Leaked private photos or videos of famous figures showing them without Islamic covering have caused them trouble in the past. Iranian actress Fatemeh Motamed Arya faced a temporary ban due a leaked photo showing her unveiled while attending an international film festival.

"Certainly, Iran would face consequences by the Federation of International Polo if I am fired," Gilani said in an interview about the recent incident.

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Iranian Judge Refuses to Take Action Against Father Suspected of Sexually Abusing Daughter

CHRI - Grandmother Detained For Defending Child in Court

A family court judge in Iran has refused to put a restraining order on a father suspected of sexually abusing his young daughter despite confirmations by five state psychologists that the child displayed signs of sexual abuse.

Iranian VP for Women’s Affairs Calls Ban on Females in Sports Stadiums “Discrimination”

CHRI - Three days after Iranian women were barred from entering a stadium in Tehran to watch an international soccer match, President Hassan Rouhani's top female adviser described the ban as discriminatory.

Child marriage in Iran forces girls into a life of oppression

Kinderehe Amnesty International (Getty Images/G.Bouys)DW- Girls in rural Iran are often forced into marriage at a young age. Protected under Iranian law, the practice is leading to broken families and a generation of children lacking prospects or perspective.

Iran-Syria soccer game surrounded by major controversy

SyrianAl-Monitor - Iranian authorities' move to stop Iranian women from entering the Tehran stadium where the Sept. 5 soccer match between Iran and Syria was held has stirred controversy as Syrian women were let in to enjoy the game.

On Sept. 2, when ticket sales began on a website for the Iran-Syria 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier, a new choice was available — women as well as men were allowed to buy tickets.

This caused a stir as women in Iran aren't allowed to enter soccer stadiums to watch games; some officials say that cursing and a number of other possible "immoral" actions by male fans may offend women.

Meanwhile, Iran's Soccer Federation said there was no plan for allowing women to enter the stadium. Despite this statement, many women had apparently bought tickets to watch their national team.

On Sept. 5, hours before the match started, it was reported that a group of Iranian women had gathered in front of Tehran's Azadi stadium to try to attend the game. While this didn't happen, Syrian women who had bought tickets were allowed to enter the stadium without any attempts from stadium officials to stop them.

Many social network activists described this as humiliating and insulting to Iranian women as they could see Syrian women entering the stadium freely. There were also reports that a number of Iranian women tried to deceive the security forces by disguising themselves as Syrian women and waving the Syrian flag.

A few minutes before the beginning of the match, Peyman Yousefi, the state TV sportscaster, expressed his disappointment over the lack of presence of Iranian women at the stadium; this complaint, which was practically unprecedented, attracted much attention.

A group of female members of the Iranian parliament who back the right of Iranian women to attend soccer matches demanded that the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports give the legislators permission to attend the game. Three female lawmakers were indeed granted such permission.

Tayyebeh Siavoshi, a female member of parliament, making reference to how Syrian women easily entered the Azadi stadium, said Sept. 5, "If the law [says] that women must not enter stadiums, then no woman should be exempt [from this law]." Moreover, Parvane Salahshouri, another female member of parliament, said Sept. 5 that she wouldn't attend the match in protest against the decision to permit only a few women lawmakers to attend the game and not all Iranian women.

Shahindokht Mowlaverdi, a female aide to moderate president Hassan Rouhani on citizens' rights, tweeted Sept. 5, "Based on Article 89 of the Citizens' Rights Charter, it is the right of all citizens, especially women, to have access to all sports and educational facilities ... and to attend [events at] the national and international sports arenas while protecting their Iranian and Islamic culture."

Iranian media closely covered the controversy. On Sept. 6, the Reformist daily Vaghaye Etefaghie published a picture of Syrian women on its front page and described them as the only winner of the match, which ended in a 2-2 tie. Furthermore, the Reformist newspaper Bahar ran the headline "Iranian paradox," protesting the refusal to allow Iranian women to enter the stadium while Syrian women were free to do so.

Meanwhile, moderate Grand Ayatollah Hassan Sanei said Sept. 6 that there is no issue with the presence of women at sports stadiums. Mohsen Gharavian, a senior Reformist cleric, told a local media outlet that the government should prepare the grounds for letting women into stadiums by taking values, ethics and security issues into account. "Just as the government managed to pave the way for the presence of women at volleyball matches, the same thing can happen for soccer [matches]," Gharavian said Sept. 6.

In the meantime, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported Sept. 6 that a group of hackers had taken over the Azadi stadium's website to show their anger at the decision to discriminate against Iranian women when it came to the Iran-Syria match.

In reaction to the protests, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Masoud Soltanifar said Sept. 6 that he would work to pave the way for Iranian women to be able to attend games at stadiums.

Judiciary Official Opposes New Proposal Against Domestic Violence

CHRI - A senior Iranian judiciary official has voiced opposition to legislation against domestic violence which is being revived by President Hassan Rouhani's government after its first unsuccessful draft in parliament five years ago.

Iran Says Women Who Are Infertile Or Have 'Too Much Facial Hair' Can't Be Teachers

You can't be a woman and teach in Iran if you get migraines, have breast or ovarian cancer, are infertile, or have too much facial hair, according to controversial new guidelines. (file photo)RFL/RE - If you're a woman and are infertile or have "too much facial hair" you can't become a teacher in Iran, according to a new list of conditions and illnessesissued by the Iranian Education Ministry that disqualifies applicants from being hired as teachers.

Iranians mock Rouhani over explanation for no female ministers

Al-monitor - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's reasoning for not appointing any female ministers to his Cabinet — as he had promised he would in the May presidential election — has prompted a backlash from his supporters.

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On Aug. 15, the moderate Rouhani defended his proposed list of ministers to members of parliament and tried to persuade them to vote in favor of his Cabinet. "I will tell all the ministers in the 12th [incumbent] government to appoint young people and women for high-level positions," Rouhani said, adding, "I was really eager to at least have three female ministers ... but it didn't happen." He did not explain why it did not happen.

Iranians quickly took to Twitter and other social media outlets to mock the president, launching a Persian hashtag that translates to #ButItDidntHappen to express their disappointment with Rouhani, while reminding him of the promises he made during his electoral campaign.

Manzie, a user who describes herself as a feminist, tweeted, "We weren't supposed to be disappointed with Rouhani so soon, #ButItDidntHappen."

Another Twitter user published a picture of a smiling Rouhani, along with the satirical quote, "I wanted to lift the house arrest [of 2009 opposition leaders] #ButItDidntHappen."

Another Iranian tweeted, "Rouhani has learned his lesson. Every time he makes a promise, he then says#ButItDidntHappen."

During the May presidential election, Rouhani defeated his powerful conservative opponent Ebrahim Raisi by making various promises to the Iranian public, including appointing female ministers and allowing Iranians more social freedoms.

In other news, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif — who appeared before parliament seeking to gain a vote of confidence for his reappointment as foreign minister — once again faced harsh criticism from hard-line members of parliament.

Mohammad Javad Abtahi, a hard-line member of parliament who belongs to the Endurance Front, slammed Zarif during an Aug. 16 parliamentary session. "If I were in the place of Mr. Rouhani," he said, "I would have changed the diplomatic team [of Iran]. ... It would be better if the government chooses another team with another policy."Abtahi indicated that then the United States would become "aware that Mr. Zarif, with his smiles and his strolling" along a river in Geneva with former US Secretary of State John Kerry, is no longer foreign minister and replaced by someone such as Abtahi "who is courageous and violent."

The hard-line members of parliament also criticized Rouhani and Zarif for signing on to the nuclear deal with six world powers, including the United States.

In response to the criticism, Zarif told parliament Aug. 16, "Iran is the only country that ensures its security through its people. ... Iran is not dependent on foreign countries and doesn't get happy about the smiles or frowns of foreign [powers]."

Zarif expressed his hope that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will remain in place as an "honorable document of the Iranian people's resistance." He added, "Some [countries and figures] put their utmost effort into preventing the JCPOA from taking place, and they are attempting to intensify Iran-phobia and Shiite-phobia hand in hand with Zionists."

The nuclear deal "is the achievement of this nation and wasn't achieved by the Foreign Ministry. Do not belittle the people's achievement," Zarif said in reaction to hard-liners' criticisms of the nuclear deal.

Referring to US President Donald Trump's threat to tear up the JCPOA, Zarif said, "The US can't forget its commitments and ignore a deal by violating it; [this] will lead to the isolation of the US."

While Zarif defended his upcoming plans for the Foreign Ministry for his second term, one hard-line member of parliament, Abdullah Sameri, shouted at him and accused him of lying. Other members of parliament covered up Sameri's mouth to stop him from swearing and then led him outside. Sameri said he shouted because the figures presented by Zarif were far from reality.



Women’s Rights Activist Demands Rouhani Provide Reasons for His Exclusively Male Cabinet

Women’s rights advocate Nahid Tavasoli.CHRI - President Hassan Rouhani must explain why he didn't nominate women to serve in his new cabinet, feminist researcher Nahid Tavasoli told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) in a recent interview.

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