MEK Iran: Head Ski Coach Banned from Supporting Her Team Abroad
Women’s fundamental labor rights are constantly abused by the regime’s policies that put multiple societal and political barriers in their careers in a male-dominated labor force.
Head ski coach banned
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that the head coach of the national Alpine skiing team, Samira Zargari, was recently banned from leaving the country because of her husband’s objections. She was unable to support her team for the ski competition that took place in Italy.
According to a source within the Ski Federation, the federation’s attempts to remove the exit ban and send her to the Italian competitions were unsuccessful, wrote the state-run Sharq newspaper on 17 February.
Regime’s misogynistic policies
A husband may prohibit his wife from industry or profession. This restriction can potentially cause a disruption to the financial support to the family in question, according to Article 1117 of the mullahs’ Civil Code.
Working women are also oppressed by misogynous laws that prioritize men and encourage husbands to prohibit their wives from doing their job.
The issuing of passports for married women
The issuing of passports for married women is also specifically conditional on the husband’s written consent, as mentioned in paragraph 3 of Article 18 of the Passport Law. However, the woman’s exit permit is issued by her father or paternal grandfather prior to marriage.
It is not the first time a woman or a female athlete has been unable to perform her duties due to her husband’s opposition.
Niloufar Ardalan, the captain of the women’s national futsal team, was unable to compete in Asian tournaments in September 2014 due to a complaint from her husband.
Following her husband’s protest, Zahra Nemati, a para-Olympic archer who won two rounds on the para-Olympic games, was banned from leaving the country in 2017.
Tayyebeh Siavoshi, a member of the mullahs’ parliament, reported on 9 October 2017 that eight women who were members of national teams were unable to compete in international tournaments due to their husbands’ oppositions.
The female emergency physician was banned
The state-run Akhbar Fori website wrote on 12 October 2020 a female emergency physician was banned from practicing medicine due to her husband’s complaint presented at the ruling of the Tehran Court of Appeals. The doctor examined 180 to 200 patients daily for Covid-19.
This occurred as a result of the Covid deaths among doctors and nurses, putting an extra burden on the healthcare system and the Iranian people, who were in shortage of doctors and nurses.
Married women who wish to take the dental qualification test must also get their husbands’ permission, according to a revised guideline issued this year.
The husband decides to authorize his wife to serve after the training stage is completed in any location designated by the Ministry of Health and Medical Education according to Etemad, the state-run newspaper on 11 May 11, 2020.