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33-yrs Prison, 148 lashes, for Women’s Rights Defender

Iran: Shocking 33-year prison term and 148 lashes for women’s rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh The sentencing of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and women’s rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh to 33 years in prison and 148 lashes in a new case against her is an outrageous injustice, said Amnesty International. The sentence, reported on her husband […]

Iran Air to Recruit Female Pilots: CEO

CEO of Iran Air Farzaneh Sharafbafi said the country’s national flag-carrier airline plans to recruit female pilots for the first time. “This is highly significant for us to have female pilots among our personnel,” Sharafbafi made the announcement on Tuesday. Iran Air is based in Tehran and flies to more than 25 domestic destinations and […]

Rouhani “Promises” Women will be allowed to attend Football

By John Lee. President Hassan Rouhani will reportedly allow women in Iran to attend football matches. The move follows the arrest of 35 women who tried to attend the Esteqlal vs Persepolis match on 1st March, causing international outrage. According to a report from The Independent, FIFA President Gianni Infantino told reporters following a meeting with Mr Rouhani: “I […]

Women’s Campaigns Flourish beyond Iran Protests

By Stefania D’Ignoti for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. As the protests in Iran dominated international news in early January, an editor of Grazia asked Farian Sabahi, a historian who specializes in Iran and the Middle East, to comment on the protests ravaging her country. […]

Iranian Women no longer face Jail for Dress Code Violations

From Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. One of the more notorious images that often comes out of Iran is that of chador-clad women with police armbands and male police officers rounding up loosely veiled, and often young, women into minivans to be […]

Saudi Reforms put Spotlight on Iran’s Women’s Movement

By Leila Alikarami, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Saudi Arabia attracted significant media attention when it announced that it would finally allow women to drive as of June 2018. It was also announced later that women will be allowed into some of the […]

Losing Faith in Rouhani, Iranian Women Ever Defiant

By Dr. Narges Bajoghli for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. “Women get absolutely zero for supporting [Hassan] Rouhani! If we hadn’t voted in this election, does Rouhani think he would have gotten re-elected with the numbers he did?” Leila, a 34-year-old women’s rights […]

Iranian Labour Market on Path to Gender Transformation

By Maysam Bizaer for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iranian society has undergone tremendous change in past decades, with women continuously playing a role in this transformation. Indeed, Iranian women have long sought a more active presence in society, gradually distancing themselves from the […]

Iran Air appoints First Female CEO

By John Lee. Iran Air has appointed the first female CEO since the airline was established in the 1940s. Farzaneh Sharafbafi, 44, who holds a PhD in aerospace engineering has previously served on company’s board. She replaces Farhad Parvaresh, who will represent Iran at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Canada. (Sources: PressTV, Associated […]

Amnesty International’s Annual Report on Iran

According to a report from Amnesty International, Iranian authorities heavily suppressed the rights to freedom of expression, association, peaceful assembly and religious belief, arresting and imprisoning peaceful critics and others after grossly unfair trials before Revolutionary Courts. Torture and other ill-treatment of detainees remained common and widespread, and were committed with impunity. Floggings, amputations and other […]

Do MPs want to send Working Women back Home?

By Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. On Jan. 15, Iranian lawmakers approved a new law that would oblige state-run and public organizations to accept early retirement requests of female employees who have worked at least 20 years, without pushing any age […]

President Urges Job Creation by Developing Tourism Industry

President Hassan Rouhani called on the new head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) to push for creating more jobs by taking the ample opportunities in rural communities and the tourism and handicraft industries. Addressing a Sunday session of the cabinet, President Rouhani said appointment of Zahra Ahmadipour as the new head […]

Building Market Opportunity and Women’s Networks in MENA

By Madeleine White Reflections on Trade+ Impact summit, in Ifrane, Morocco 19-23rd September 2016 Madeleine is co-founder of Nina magazine, Impact director of Enterprise development NGO Challenges Worldwide (a founder member of the Access to Finance for Rural Enterprise (ACRE) consortium). Madeleine contributed to discussions around the importance of impact investment and social enterprise within wider economic […]

Video: Iran hails First Woman Olympic Medallist

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran cheered on Kimia Alizadeh as she became the first Iranian woman ever to win an Olympic medal, with President Hassan Rouhani leading the praise over her taekwondo bronze.

Women’s rights Activists treated as ‘Enemies of the State’

Iran: Women’s rights activists treated as ‘enemies of the state’ in renewed crackdown Iranian authorities have intensified their repression of women’s rights activists in the country in the first half of this year, carrying out a series of harsh interrogations and increasingly likening any collective initiative relating to women’s rights to criminal activity, Amnesty International […]

Air France Crew Allowed to Refuse to work Iran Route

By John Lee. Associated Press reports that Air France will allow female flight attendants to refuse to work the company’s new route to Iran, for which they must wear a headscarf on their arrival in Tehran. They must also wear the uniform’s long-sleeved jacket and trousers, rather than a knee-length dress. Employees who don’t want […]

Women of South Khorasan: Sources of Inspiration

“Being part of the Carbon Sequestration Project (CSP), I feel empowered” says Fatemeh.  “I have gained a lot of respect and credibility, not only in my family but also in the whole village.” Fatemeh – a 20 year-old woman – is from Hojjatabad village which is situated in South Khorasan Province. Esmat is in her […]