An author unafraid to defy midcentury attitudes about her gender. “What is important is humanity,” she said, “not being a man or a woman.”
Forough Farrokhzad near Tehran circa 1966. She was one of Iran’s pre-eminent mid-20th-century writers, both reviled and revered for her poems. Ebrahim Golestan
Since 1851, obituaries in The New York Times have been dominated by white men. With Overlooked, we’re adding the stories of remarkable people whose deaths went unreported in The Times.
Jan. 30, 2019, The New York Times, By Amir-Hussein Radjy,
When a radio interviewer suggested to the Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad that her verses could be characterized as “feminine,” she rejected the notion.
“What is important is humanity, not being a man or a woman,” she said. “If a poem can get to that point, it is no longer connected with its creator but with a world of poetry.”
January 14, 2019- CNN – By Sheena McKenzie, London (CNN)A British-Iranian woman who has been jailed in Iran since 2016 began a hunger strike Monday in a desperate attempt to receive medical treatment, as her husband said that prison guards had asked her to spy on the UK in return for her freedom.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates –Jan 14,2019, ABC News -By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS- The head of the Thomson Reuters Foundation said Monday she’s “sincerely worried” about a detained British-Iranian national going on hunger strike to protest her treatment in the Islamic Republic.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is not alone, figuratively at least. Her incarceration is part of Iran’s wider war on women’s rights.’ Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters
It is Tehran’s hardline clerics who are endangering the nation, not innocents languishing in the nation’s jails
Jan.11.2019 . Guardian – Simon Tisdall –
Iran’s merciless persecution of Nazanin Zaghari‑Ratcliffe, the Iranian-British woman held in Tehran’s Evin prison on spurious charges of spying, is deeply disturbing. What possible purpose was served by the airing this week on state television of a video showing her arrest in April 2016, as she prepared to board a plane to London?
Broadcast comes as part of documentary accusing UK of trying to infiltrate Iran through BBC Persian channel
2019-01-09 -The Guardian – Iranian state TV has for the first time broadcast images of the April 2016 arrest of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe at Tehran airport.
2018-12-25 – Radio Farda- A parliamentary motion banning child marriage in Iran has been rejected by Majles (parliament), an MP reported.
A member of women’s faction in the Islamic Republic’s parliament, Tayyebeh Seyavoshi says, “The Legal and Judicial Commission of Majles has rejected a parliamentary motion that proposed a ban on allowing under thirteen-year-old girls to marry.”
Asylum seeker children have been moved off Christmas Island but remain in detention in Darwin. Photo: Wolter Peeters
January 22, 2015 -The Sydney Morning Herald- Children who were promised to be moved off Christmas Island and into the community by former immigration minister Scott Morrison remain in a Darwin immigration facility.
The 94 children and 100 family members are being held in the Blaydin Point Alternative Place of Detention in Darwin, where they have been held since late December.
10-27-2014-Huffingtonpost- An Iranian woman who was executed on Saturday despite international pleas for clemency left her family a heartbreaking message several months before her death.
Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was hanged on Saturday morning in Tehran’s Evin prison after spending five years on death row for the 2007 murder of a man she said had tried to rape her.
Broadcasts on Hijab Campaign Spread Defamatory Messages and Blatant Falsehoods
June 2, 2014—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran calls on President Rouhani to immediately institute supervision of Iran’s state TV and end the broadcast of programs that falsely defame dissidents and implicitly justify violence against women who do not wear the hijab, the compulsory dress that covers a woman’s head and body.
The Facebook page ‘Stealthy Freedoms of Iranian Women’ was set up 10 days ago and has since attracted thousands of photos. Photograph: Facebook
theguardian.com, Monday 12 May 2014 – Saeed Kamali Dehghan: Campaign set up by London-based Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad attracts more than 130,000 likes on social media site
Thousands of Iranian women are taking off their veils and publishing pictures of themselves online, igniting a debate about the freedom to wear or not wear the hijab.