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Iran mullahs: mal-veiling is worse than plundering and embezzlement

By INU Staff
INU - The Iranian supreme leader’s high representative in the city of Mashhad had stated in one of his speeches that plundering, embezzlement and thievery are more acceptable behaviors than violation of the regime’s expectations concerning veiling and feminine attire.

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Volleyball Match Recalls Attention to General Climate of Social Repression in Iran

BY INU Staff
INU- On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that women had been barred from attending a men’s Beach Volleyball World Tour competition that recently took place over five days on Iran’s Kish Island. The incident has re-focused attention upon the controversy over Iran’s policy of separating men and women in such public places as sports venues. More specifically, it has  re-focused attention upon campaigns to encourage international governing bodies to put pressure on the Iranian government to relax the stadium ban.

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Air France cabin crew told to wear headscarf in Tehran

PARIS (AFP) - A number of female Air France cabin crew are resisting an airline ruling that they should wear a headscarf while in Teheran when flights to the Iranian capital resume on April 17, a union representative told AFP on Saturday (April 2).

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Iranian Hardliners Work to Reverse Trends Toward Freedom for Women

By INU staff
INU - On Friday, the South African newspaper The Star published an editorial by journalist Shannon Ebrahim in which she described the differences between two trips she had taken to Iran: one 12 years ago and one just recently, during the tenure of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Ebrahim explained that on the surface, women look freer in Iran today, with fewer women wearing the traditional chador and less backlash against attire that might include pants and colorful headscarves.

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Iran MP claims women don’t belong in Parliament

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INU - On the eve of International Women's Day, a member of Iran's new parliament has claimed that Parliament is not a place for women, adding that it is a “man’s place.”

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Poet Behbahani, 'lioness of Iran', dies at 87: state media

(Reuters) - Poet Simin Behbahani, a champion of women's rights and free speech whose lyrical verse captured the hopes and disappointments of Iranians since the 1979 revolution, died on Tuesday at the age of 87, official media reported.

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Iran Breaking News - Protest gathering by families of political prisoners in front of Rouhani's office

 According to latest news from Iran, more than 100 families of political prisoners in Iran, in particular the families of Ward 350...

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