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11/20/2015 - Iran Appoints First Woman as Ambassador Since Islamic Revolution
The Iranian government has appointed its first woman ambassador since the Islamic revolution in 1979....

4/7/2015 - Iranian Women Can Now Attend Major Sporting Events
Iranian women will now be allowed to attend major sporting events, Iran officials announced on Saturday. Although the new policy still holds barriers for women attending specific sports - those considered to be more "masculine" such as wrestling or swimming - this announcement reverses an antiquated rule that forbid women to watch matches attended by men. Abdolhamid Ahmadi, the deputy minister for sports, told the state news agency on Saturday that the country's national Security Council had approved a government proposal to allow women to watch games this year....

2/2/2015 - Two Imprisoned Women's Rights Activists in the Middle East Have Been Freed
Women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia and Iran were freed last week....

6/23/2014 - Senate Subcommittee to Tackle Violence Against Women Globally
Engaging the US in the global fight to end gender-based violence will take center stage tomorrow as part of a Senate subcommittee hearing aimed at fully combating violence and discrimination against women worldwide. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chair of the Senate Foreign RelationsSubcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women's Issues hearingwill preside over the hearing at which several women Senators will testify, including Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Patty Murray (D-WA). The Senate Subcommittee hearing will focus on how the US and the international community can work to prevent violence against women, promote women's rights, and empower women and girls globally....

8/23/2012 - Iranian Graduate Programs Bar Women Applicants
Seventy-seven graduate programs will no longer be available to women in Iranian universities across the country, according to Iranian new site Rooz Online....

11/4/2011 - Senate Hearing on Women and Arab Spring Includes Discussion of CEDAW
The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a joint subcommittee hearing on Wednesday on Women and the Arab Spring....

10/24/2011 - Report Shows Abortion Frequent in Tehran
According to a study by Amir Erfani, entitled "Induced Abortion in Tehran, Iran: Estimated Rates and Correlates," many women in Tehran obtain abortions, despite Iran's highly restrictive abortion laws....

9/29/2011 - Hillary Clinton Calls for Ratification of CEDAW
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in a meeting with Catherine Ashton, the top diplomat for the European Union and Michelle Bachelet, executive director of UN Women and the former president of Chile, signed a document in support of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)....

3/8/2011 - Activists March in Iran on International Women's Day
Iranian women's rights activists marched and risked their lives today on the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day for the release of Iranian women's and human rights lawyer Nasrin Soutadeh, who has spent over six months in prison for allegedly acting against state security, assembling, and collusion with intent to disrupt national security....

1/18/2011 - Iranian Woman's Death Sentence Commuted
Zohre Elahian, a member of Iran's parliament, stated yesterday that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani's hanging sentence had been commuted to a 10 year prison sentence....

12/10/2010 - TV Interview of Iranian Woman Sentenced to Death for Adultery
A television program on Press TV, backed by the Iranian government, will air an interview today of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman sentenced to death for adultery....

11/17/2010 - CEDAW Hearing Tomorrow
The Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law will hold a hearing for the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) tomorrow at 2:00....

11/15/2010 - Three Women Lawyers Arrested in Iran
Iranian authorities arrested three women Iranian human rights lawyers on Saturday for so-called security related offenses....

11/12/2010 - Iranian Woman Ends Dry Hunger Strike But Continues Hunger Strike
The husband, sister and brother of the imprisoned Iranian lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, visited her yesterday at Evin Prison in Tehran for ten minutes....

11/9/2010 - Women's Rights Gravely Threatened in Iran
Two Iranian women, Sakineh Ashtiani who currently faces an execution sentence, and Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is a human rights lawyer and colleague of Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi, are in danger in Iran....

10/8/2010 - Jailed Iranian Human Rights Lawyer on Hunger Strike
Prominent jailed Iranian human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, confirmed in a short telephone conversation with her husband, that she is on the twelfth day of a hunger strike....

9/29/2010 - Iranian Chief of Staff Speaks on Women's Rights
Former Vice President and current chief of staff to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaie has called for instituting more rights for women in Iran....

9/13/2010 - Iranian Activist and Journalist Released From Prison
Iranian women's rights activist and journalist Shiva Nazar Ahari was released from the notorious Evin Prison yesterday on approximately $500,000 bail....

9/7/2010 - Ashtiani Controversy Heats Up Between Iran and EU
The European Union traded barbs with Iran today regarding the case of Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who was convicted of adultery and originally sentenced to death by stoning....

9/3/2010 - Family of Human Rights Lawyer Flees Iran
The wife and daughter of Iranian human rights lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei, both arrived in Norway yesterday, where the family is seeking asylum....

8/12/2010 - Iranian Woman "Confesses" to Murder
A woman who claimed to be Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an imprisoned Iranian woman who faces execution for the crime of adultery, despite solid evidence that she is innocent, appeared yesterday on Iranian primetime television....

8/11/2010 - Brazil Offers Asylum to Imprisoned Iranian Woman
Brazilian ambassador to Iran Antonio Luis Espinola Salgado submitted a formal request from the Brazilian Government to Iran's Foreign Ministry on Monday offering asylum to Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an imprisoned Iranian woman who faces execution for the crime of adultery, despite solid evidence that she is innocent....

8/10/2010 - Iranian Lawyer Seeks Asylum
Iranian human rights lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei, has sought asylum in Norway to flee a warrant for his arrest....

7/26/2010 - Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Missing
Mohammad Mostafaie, the human rights lawyer currently defending Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who was convicted of adultery and originally sentenced to stoning, is now missing, spurring rumors that he is either in hiding from the government or imprisoned....

7/12/2010 - Iranian Woman's Execution Halted
The execution of Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, a 43-year-old Iranian woman who was convicted of adultery and originally sentenced to stoning, has been temporarily halted, according to CNN ....