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News: Women

Iranian Political Prisoner Banned From Family Visits Writes a Happy Birthday Letter to 13-Year-Old Daughter

Maryam Akbari Monfared Banned From Family Visits Writes a Happy Birthday Letter to 13-Year-Old Daughter

By Mahmoud Hakamian

An Iranian political prisoner who has been imprisoned for nine years and was recently banned from receiving family visits has written her daughter a letter to wish her a happy 13th birthday.

Maryam Akbari Monfared wrote: “My dear Nazanin: I was not with you on your 13th birthday. I know that by now you understand why we’re apart. I know that you’ve suffered a lot these past nine years. Yet, we have promised each other to smile until smiles light the faces of all of Iran’s children. We promised each other to cherish our brief visits, for all of the times that we miss being together. We have pledged together to vanquish a monster.”

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3 Female Political Prisoners Are Denied Family Visits in Iran

Golrokh Iraee, Atena Daemi and Maryam Akbari Monfared

By Staff Writer

Three female political prisoners in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran have been deprived of visitation with their families for three weeks, following a verbal argument with prison guards in the visitation hall, where the women are said to have chanted slogans at the guards.

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Amnesty: Iran’s Execution of Domestic Violence Victim Is Sickening

Zeinab Sekaanvand-Iran-Amnesty

By Staff Writer

Amnesty International has called Iran’s execution of a 24-year-old Kurdish woman, who can the victim of domestic and sexual violence, “sickening”.

Zeinab Sekaanvand, who was executed on Wednesday morning in Urumieh central prison, West Azerbaijan province, was sentenced to death under ‘qesas’ (retribution in kind) in October 2014, following a trial that Amnesty International called “grossly unfair”, where she was convicted for of the murder of her husband when she was just 17.

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Iran: Three-Fold Increase of Drug Addiction Amongst Women &Girls, Affecting as Young as 11-Year-Olds

Iran: Three-Fold Increase of Drug Addiction Amongst Women &Girls, Affecting as Young as 11-Year-Olds

By Mahmoud Hakamian

The prevalence of addiction has turned so disastrous in Iran that despite some attempts of censorship, many state media and officials can’t help but acknowledge this truth.

A parliamentarian named Hasan Lotfi comments in this regard: “the average age of drug addiction has dropped to as low as just 11 years” (August 17, 2018)

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16% of Female Heads of Household in Iran Are Under 20

16% of Female Heads of Household in Iran Are Under 20

By Staff Writer

Female heads of household in Iran have become significantly younger, according to a women’s rights activist.

Zohreh Ashtiani, who is secretary of the Family Faction of the mullahs’ parliament (Majlis), admitted in an interview with the state-run Shahrvand newspaper on Tuesday that 16% of female heads of household are younger than 20.

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