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'Islamic feminism' and miniskirts: The veiled truth about women in Iran - Historian Nina Ansary has uncovered the complex history of women's rights in Iran. She tells Radhika Sanghani how patriarchal politics are peversely paving the way for feminism in the country

Iran: End Ban on Women at Volleyball Matches

PayvandNews - Iran should stop preventing women and girls from attending volleyball matches and take further steps to promote gender equality, opening a digital advocacy campaign to promote respect for women's rights in the country.

Iran: Imprisoned cartoonist subjected to forced ‘virginity test’

Atena FarghadaniAmnesty - A recent revelation by satirical cartoonist Atena Farghadani that she was forced to undergo a "virginity and pregnancy test", prior to her trial for a charge of "illegitimate sexual relations" for shaking hands with her lawyer, has added another stain on Iran's shameful record of violence against women, Amnesty International said today.

Court to Issue Decision on Farghadani’s “Illegal” Handshake with Her Lawyer

Atena - The imprisoned artist and civil activist Atena Farghadani will soon learn the verdict in the case judicial officials brought against her after she shook her lawyer's hand when he met with her at Evin Prison. The case, in which she was charged with "non-adultery illegitimate relations," is set to be decided within three weeks following her October 3, 2015 closed-door trial.


Stadiums Are Still Closed to Women in - This summer, as I was watching the thrilling Women's World Cup final between the U.S. and Japan, I got a direct message via Twitter from my friend, Sara. (Names of activists in Iran have been changed for the protection.) She was elated to be able to watch the match, too—she lives in Iran and was unable to watch much of the tournament. We chatted briefly about the match. I told Sara I was fortunate enough to have attended some of the matches at Lansdowne Stadium, in Ottawa, with my niece and my daughter. "I wish one day I can watch in a stadium," wrote Sara.

Why are Iranian husbands standing up for their wives?

Several pictures of Iranian men declaring their support for their wives' equal rightsBBC - Husbands in Iran are taking pictures of themselves declaring their commitment to female equality - and thousands are sharing their messages on Facebook.

Plight of Women’s Futsal captain raises public ire over law

Shahindokht MolaverdiRadiozamaneh - After the National Women's Futsal team captain, Nilufar Ardalan, was denied leaving the country to participate in the Asian Championships 2015 because her husband refused to give her permission to leave the country, negative reactions to the legal requirement of a husband's permission for Iranian women seeking to travel abroad continues to make headlines. Shahindokht Molaverdi, President Rohani's deputy for women's and family affairs says there is persistent public protest against this law and her office is making every effort to reform the law.

Beyond glass ceiling, Iranian women face iron fence

Al-monitor — Iranian authorities have moved to introduce gender quotas that shut out women in its exams for those seeking government and public sector jobs. Coupled with reports of high rates of unemployment among women, this has sparked serious doubts about the administration of President Hassan Rouhani's approach toward increasing women's presence in society.

Iran's big woman problem: All of the things Iranian women aren't allowed to do

Telegraph - The captain of the Iranian women's football team was banned from travelling by her husband - but that's just the tip of the iceberg, writes David Blair

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