Several Arab and Egyptian human rights organisations have condemned the use of violence by Iranian security forces to disperse a gathering in Tehran in commemoration of International Women's Day on March 8th.
The peaceful gathering of women's rights activists, women's groups and human rights defenders in Park Daneshjoo was attacked and women were assaulted by plain clothes militia, special anti riot forces of the Revolutionary guards, soldiers and police.
Tarek Fatah of The Muslim Chronicle writes, "Amir Hassanpour and Shahrzad Mojab are associate professors at the University of Toronto. Amir teaches Middle Eastern Civilizations while Shahrzad is director of the Women and Gender Studies Institute."
Most of the 28 finalists, and 9 of the 13 prize winners were women. These figures reflect the high proportion of women participating in youth literary activities among Afghans in Iran, a reflection of Afghan women’s demand to have their voices heard.
Au moins quatre sites "féminins" (www.womeniniran.org, http://irwomen.com, www.iftribune.com, www.womeniw.com), qui traitent, entres autres, de la condition de la femme iranienne, ont été rendus inaccessibles début septembre.
Activists for women's rights are prominent among the many Iranians who fear a reinvigorated crackdown on personal & social freedoms in the wake of the election of the ultra-conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the presidency of the Islamic Republic.
Shahram Aazam, ancien médecin à l'hôpital militaire de Baghiatollah à Téhéran, n'a pas épargné les oreilles sensibles, en racontant à la télévision, en direct d'Ottawa, les horreurs révélées par le corps de la journaliste irano-canadienne Zahra Kazemi.
Outraged by scenes of young boys and girls using Shi'ite Islam's most sacred mourning day as an opportunity to flirt in public, Iran's religious hard-liners are calling on authorities to stamp out such "vulgar displays."