Iranian cleric blames quakes on promiscuous women

Publication Date: 
April 20, 2010
BBC News
Two conservatively-dressed Iranian women walk past shops selling women's clothing in the holy city of Qom, Iran.

Women who wear revealing clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes, an Iranian cleric says.

Hojjat ol-eslam Kazem Sediqi, the acting Friday prayer leader in Tehran, said women should stick to strict codes of modesty to protect themselves.

Iran Elected to the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Publication Date: 
April 29, 2010
Fox News
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures during a speech in March 2010

NEW YORK — Without fanfare, the United Nations this week elected Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women, handing a four-year seat on the influential human rights body to a theocratic state in which stoning is enshrined in law and lashings are required for women judged "immodest."

Iran: Sadr dedicates Woman of Courage Award to imprisoned Activist Shiva Nazar Ahari

Shadi Sadr

Shadi Sadr, a renowned Iranian human rights lawyer, women’s rights activist and member of Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) – International Solidarity Network Council, has been awarded the International Women of Courage Award 2010. Ms. Sadr was also the recipient of the Lech Walesa and the Dutch "Human Rights Tulip" awards in 2009.

Iran - Women Fight Polygamy Proposal

They say it weakens their role and status at home and in society.

Iranian women’s groups and other rights organisations are fighting a much discussed proposed law which they say would encourage polygamy by allowing a man to take a second wife without the permission of the first in certain circumstances.

Iran: Women's Rights Campaign Activists - Arrests & Summons Report

Change for Equality: The following report, outlines the pressures faced by activists involved in the One Million Signatures Campaign, including arrests, summons, sentences, travel bans, and search of property. The report was compiled in November 2009 and updated in late December 2009. Several of the members of the Campaign who have been arrested in the past few weeks days are not included in the report, including:

Iran: No Information About Detained Women’s Rights Activist


Hundreds of Detainees in Similar Situations, Disappeared into Prisons

“Starred Student” was Blacklisted from Graduate Studies for her Peaceful Women’s Rights Activism

Iran is again world’s biggest prison for journalists

Reporters without Borders Press release
6 January 2010

Arrest of Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi's Sister

Increased Intimidation, Political Violence, and Clampdowns on Iranian Human Rights Activists

December 29, 2009

Amnesty International - Iran: End slide to more bloodshed


28 December 2009

Iran: End slide to more bloodshed

Iran: Women human rights defender, Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh, has been arrested

The Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) international solidarity network is gravely concerned to learn of the arrest of our colleague, friend and networker, Ms.