Works extensively with Iranian women outside the country and maintains a permanent contact with women inside Iran. The Women’s Committee is actively involved with many women's rights organizations and NGO's and the Iranian diaspora. The committee is a major source of much of the information received from inside Iran with regards to women. Attending UN Human Rights Commission meetings and other international or regional conferences on women’s issues, and engaging in a relentless battle against the Iranian regime's misogyny are part of the activities of members and associates of the committee.

Heroines in Chain

Facebook post by: Atena Farghadani, cartoonist and former political prisoner

When I was transferred from solitary confinement to the women’s ward in Evin, through the efforts of my family I was allowed to take with me painting tools like paint, paint brush and colored pencils.

Victim of the 1988 massacre in Ahwaz


Zeinab and Parvin Bagheri, along with Nadereh Rezaii, Nahid Kaikavousi, Zahra Mirzaei, Monireh Moradi, Zahra Afri, Sakineh Delfi, Sakineh Ghaderi, and Fatemeh Hajian were sent before the firing squads in 1988 in Ahwaz, capital of the oil-rich Province of Khuzistan, in southwestern Iran.

Tahsili family’s picture is right in front of me.  The pictures of each of the four members of the family are in tiny frames on the necklace of their mother, Zinat Bakhsh.  Fahimeh, Hossein, Nahid, and Hamid. 

I got to know Effat ever since I was transferred to Ghezel-hessar Detention Centre on July 8, 1982. 

You could tell from her attitude and behaviour that she was a university student. 

Zohreh Heydari was from the city of Qom, and was only 17 years old.  Her statuesque and heavily-built physique made her appear somewhat older.

We used to refer to her as “Blue”, because of the color of her eyes.  Her gaze, similar to the blue sky, was clear and pure.  Her heart was as vast as the blue oceans.

Her name was Ashraf Fadaii. She was born in 1960. Her sentence had ended in 1986, but the authorities were still keeping her in prison.

A memory of the women’s ward in Qezel Hessar Prison-1982

Ward 8 in Qezel Hessar was set aside for the punishment of prisoners.