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Women of Velayat-e-Faqih: Iranian women are a force for change

Written By | Oct 3, 2019
Maryam Rajavi, Iran, Change,

WASHINGTON: For the last forty years women in the Velayat-e-Faqih, Iran is one of the biggest problems in Iranian affairs. Tehran has spent billions of dollars, deployed thousands of forces, and committed countless crimes to suppress social movements that threaten the regime’s restrictions on women’s rights. Something it continues to do so today. Only women, like Maryam Rajavi, and the women of Velayat-e-Faqih are standing up against the repressive regimes.

One of the latest casualties in the conflict between women’s rights advocates and the Iranian regime was Sahar, the “Blue Girl,” who was arrested, tried and sentenced to prison for attempting to enter a football stadium.

Her harrowing death by self-immolation, as a protest against this inhumane sentence, helped to shine new light on social demands that the government is finding increasingly difficult to control.

The Crime of being female

After years of banning women’s presence in stadiums and enforcing taboos about it, a number of women were finally able to make their way to Tehran’s Grand Stadium on October 15, 2016. The goal to watch a football match. The attendance consisted only of reporters and some female photographers, as well as female staff members of the Football Federation and members of the women’s national soccer and football team, totaling no more than 200 women.

Less than 24 hours after this “extraordinary and unexpected incident”, the mullahs’ regime sent the public prosecutor, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, to the scene to say:

“This is breaking the norm… The presence of women at Azadi Stadium is an injury and has no religious justification, why are we against it? Because sins are committed. Watching the game is no problem but the sin that is committed is a problem.”

Other regime officials believe that even the slightest retreat from the stadium ban will have dangerous consequences for the regime. That by shying away from suppressing the people, particularly women, the regime will appear weak and open the path for even more intense public protests and uprisings.

Mullah Sadegh Larijani advises the police that “they should not step back one step,” and Alam al-Hoda says “police must respond to sin.” He said:

“Whipping is easy to do ; we will stand in front of those who prevent people from going to paradise.” (IRNA News Agency, June 1, 2014)
Sexual apartheid in the mullahs’ regime

It is important to consider why the state expends so much energy, resources, and thought on suppressing the role of women throughout Iranian society. To question the result?

Risen from medieval religious dogmas, the mullahs’ totalitarian regime is not capable of responding to the demands of modern society. By suppressing women, the Iranian regime seeks both to strengthen the foundations of its government while avoiding cultural and economic demands.

It strives to justify various forms of social repression on the basis of “maintaining security”. According to the renowned French writer Romain Rolland, in the dictatorial and fascist regimes, “the dog of security always barks.”

In the mullahs’ regime, women do not have the right to become president or a judge.

There have been no female ministers in President Rouhani’s cabinet, during either of his terms of office. In the eyes of the mullahs, women are second-hand creatures created for reproduction. Men are entitled to twice the inheritance as women, as well as twice the blood money paid by criminals to their victims or to victims’ families. One man’s testimony in court is equivalent to that of two women.

This regime raises issues about women that are unthinkable in any civilized and humane society.

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Trivial things like watching sports in stadiums, motorcycling, headscarves, the color of clothing, and the like are all causing a crisis of arrests, imprisonment, unemployment, dropout, displacement, emigration, disintegrating families, and so on.

Ironically, the mullahs’ regime wants this to be the case, so that Iranian men and women spend their energy and power on psychological and social warfare while the dictator maintains his dominance.

Resistance at all costs

In spite of all the medieval repression and humiliation, they must still grapple with, Iranian women have demonstrated inimitable human power in advancing the resistance against the most horrific gender and religious apartheid.

Fereshteh Rouhafza, vice president of the mullahs’ council called the Cultural Revolution, has been forced to admit the failure of misogynist policies and the mullahs’ failure to impose their culture on women.

“The veil is declining,” she confessed in a speech, adding that “this decline will definitely increase.” (Ilna news agency, December 1, 2018).

This is the admission of someone whose main task in the Cultural Revolution Council is to advance the misogynist policies of the clerical regime.

Iran’s parliamentarian Parvaneh Salahshouri admits the regime’s failure at imposing the hijab on women, noting that this became “a political rather than a cultural matter” after the February 1979 revolution and coming to power of the mullahs.

Referring to the billions of dollars spent on institutions like state television and the mullahs’ seminary, she acknowledged:

“Different institutions in the cultural field are responsible for propaganda. We have to admit that our past policymaking has not been successful. The question is why these institutions have failed with such budgets. For instance, why didn’t the seminary with a budget of billions of dollars succeed in this field?” (Arman Newspaper, December 2, 2018).

Rouhani’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli also acknowledged:

“The issue of hijab should not be limited to guiding patrols, law enforcement, and prosecutors, because we did not achieve the desired result after the victory of the Islamic Revolution with the intensity and force we used.” (IRNA News Agency, March 4, 2018)

The fact is that women’s resistance to the policy of forced hijab increased after the January 2018 uprising.

The first person to shout “Death to Khamenei” in the face of a police colonel was a woman. Indeed, women were a vanguard in the 2018 uprising. That is why the oppression of women has increased in the last few months. And throughout Iranian society, countless women have entered the fight against the mullahs’ regime, and many Iranian opposition leaders are now women.

Currently, the Iranian opposition leader is a Muslim woman, Maryam Rajavi

Rajavi who promotes religious tolerance and secularism. She is widely accepted by women and the youth. Many of Rajavi’s family members were killed in the fight against the mullahs’ regime, but today her 10-point plan has received the backing of many world leaders. The fifth point in that plan says:

“We believe in the full equality of men and women in all political and social rights and the equal participation of women in political leadership. Any form of discrimination against women will be abolished, and they will have the right to freely choose their clothing, marriage, divorce, education and employment.”

Mrs. Rajavi believes that women will be the force of change in Iran of today and tomorrow.


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Hamid Enayat

Hamid Enayat is an independent Iranian political analyst and writer based in Europe.