March 8th: Iran Women in the Frontlines against Fundamentalism

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Iranian women demand their rights
Iranian women demand their rights

By Ahmad Rahbar
Monday, 29 February 2016

Fundamentalism under the banner of Islam, rising to power after Khomeini hijacked the 1979 revolution in Iran, has an enmity targeting women more than men. Misogynist policies are one of the main driving forces of this new phenomenon that actually belongs to the Middle Ages. Daesh (the Arabic acronym for the self-proclaimed Islamic State) is one very clear example of the mentality promoted step by step through the past 37 years by the Iranian regime’s Islamic fundamentalism.

In the early stages of the mullahs’ rule in Iran, Khomeini ordered strict clothing regulations, known as ‘hijab’, on all women as a method for his mullahs’ to control this very important branch of society. From their point of view women must remain inside their homes or succumb to the mandatory hijab accepted by Khomeini. He imposed laws and regulations under which to this day in these four decades women are literally considered half of men in all aspects of life. It may be hard to digest, but it’s true.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, an umbrella group consisting of the main Iranian opposition groups, has provided a clear insight on the fundamentalist regime ruling Iran and its negative perspective of women:

- Executing thousands of dissident women, unprecedented across the globe

- Torturing tens of thousands of women in political prisons

- Placing pregnant women before firing squads, torturing mothers before the very eyes of their children

- Systematic rape against women in prisons

Rape against women has unfortunately become a trademark all prisons and detention centers in Iran. When all methods of torture and even execution fail to quell the force of women, when the regime’s torturers are defeated before the brave resistance of Iranian women, rape is the last arrow in their quiver.

- Lowering women’s social and economic status to 2nd grade citizens

- Imposing a sexual apartheid establishment

- Even controlling women’s commuting in public

- Imposing mandatory dress regulations, controlling various types and colors of clothing

- Attacking women with blades and splashing acid on their faces for not abiding by their guidelines

- Denying women the right to divorce and custodianship over their own children

- Promoting deviant practices such as polygamy and temporary marriages, backed by hideous justifications provided by the mullahs’ version of “sharia”

- Imposing horrific punishments such as stoning to death on mostly female victims

- Injustice and discrimination in economic participation, employment and education

- Families living in utter poverty resorting to selling their own innocent little girls and mullahs’ mafia-style factions smuggling them abroad

- Young women resorting to selling their body parts due to extreme poverty

Mrs. Rajavi emphasizes the mullahs in Iran have violated all of women’s individual, family, social and political freedoms, seeking to rid this walk of life of their entire humane identity. However, in a natural response to this full-blown oppression, Iranian women have become a thriving force in the campaign aimed at overthrowing the mullahs’ hideous rule.

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