Tag Archives | women’s rights

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 […]

New App to Combat Domestic Violence in Iran

A young US-based Kurdish lawyer has created a smartphone application to help victims of domestic violence in Iran. Shadi Sharifi, born in the Kurdistan Province of Iran (known as Rojhelat among Kurds) created the app having met numerous victims of domestic violence when she practiced law in Iran. Toranj, available free for Android, makes it […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 propels debate over veil in Iran

By Zahra Alipour, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. After protests by Air France’s female flight attendants over having to wear the obligatory veil on Iranian soil, the company announced that it will no longer be mandatory for them to serve on flights […]

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 […]

Controversy Engulfs Multiple Iran’s Female Lawmakers

By Fereshteh Sadeghi, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. It has only been three weeks since Iran held landmark parliamentary elections, yet several controversies have already arisen over remarks made by both an incoming female lawmaker and a veteran member of parliament. Meanwhile, […]

Women Win Big in Iran’s Parliamentary Elections

By Narges Bajoghli, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The Islamic Republic’s 10th parliamentary elections have yielded a significant victory not only for Reformists, but also for women pushing for change in Iranian society. While the final nationwide results are not expected until March […]

Rouhani calls for More Iranian Women to ‘Lean in’ to Politics

By Arash Karami, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani encouraged greater female participation in politics and culture at a conference Feb. 8 titled “Women, Moderation and Development.” Rouhani said that women’s rights in Iran have come a long way […]

More Veils Lift as Topic Loses Political Punch

By Mahmoud Pargoo, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Discussion of the Islamic veil took up a tiny part of books on Islamic law, or Sharia, before the beginning of the last century. Covering one’s head was mainly considered a precondition for women […]

Actresses Flee for not Wearing Hijab

Iran’s Ministry of Culture and lslamic Guidance has questioned the mental balance of a leading actress who released photographs of herself without a veil. Sadaf Taherian (pictured) was forced to flee to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last week after being criticised for publishing pictures on social media showing her without a traditional Muslim head […]

Iran names First Female Ambassador since Revolution

According to a report from Rudaw, Iran has appointed its first female ambassador since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Marziyeh Afkham (pictured), currently serving as spokesperson for foreign ministry, will soon take up her position as Ambassador to Malaysia. President Rouhani vowed to improve women’s rights issues during his election campaign in 2013, but analysts say […]

Beyond Glass Ceiling, Iranian Women Face Iron Fence

By Farahmand Alipour for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Beyond glass ceiling, Iranian women face iron fence 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 […]