Iran: 95% of women have experienced physical sexual harassment

Iran: 95% of women have experienced physical sexual harassment

Published by on January 27, 2016

Women-harrasmentNearly all the women who responded to a new research said they had experienced non-verbal and physical sexual harassment in Iran.

The probe was conducted on 350 women between ages of 25 and 50 in the city of Sari, capital of Mazandaran Province in northern Iran. The results were published in the “Social Welfare” quarterly magazine.

Researchers categorized sexual harassment under subdivisions of physical, visual, verbal and sexual measures threatening, intimidating, humiliating and insulting women. All the women who took part in this survey had experienced non-verbal sexual harassment, nearly 90% had experienced verbal sexual harassment and nearly 95% had undergone physical harassment.

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Dear Secretary General of United Nations,

The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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