President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Maryam Rajavi has shared the Iranian Resistance’s viewpoints on bettering women’s rights in a future Iran, in the face of the misogynist regime in Iran.
In our last part, we focused on categories that laid out what needs to change in order to improve the life of Iranian women. This part will look into the NCRI’s thoughts on the future of Iran and how the impact of having women in leadership roles in the resistance is leading them that step forward.
Maryam Rajavi said: “Women’s hegemony in the Iranian Resistance, as a paradigm-shifting transformation, paved the way for women to take on responsibilities in all fields. As a result of this campaign, women succeeded in adopting noble values and rose above a decadent and reactionary culture.”
She is proud of how women across Iran have been able to rise above their cultural roles of passivity and have come to believe in themselves and their capabilities and realized how to use this in the struggle against the religious tyranny.
Maryam Rajavi said: “They shed their fears of facing defeat or exhibiting weakness in the face of difficulties. They learned to cultivate the power within themselves to overcome defeat…they learned to remain helpful and assiduous in opening the path to victory.”
She is proud to say that the relations between the women in the resistance have changed in a way that the women stand alongside each other and support one another as though they were biological sisters. The progress they have made is definitely a source of encouragement and inspiration to many other women in Iran.
Maryam Rajavi said: “Each woman in the resistance has come to the realization that by cooperating with and supporting her colleagues, she would actually be empowering herself. For this reason, they succeeded in running the affairs at Camp Ashraf in the most difficult and complicated battles in the last decade.”
The NCRI’s idea of equality boils down to its inspirational and the promises it holds for Iranian society, especially for women and the youth.
In reference to an issue discussed in the previous part, the women of Iran are currently forced to adhere to strict dress codes; to wear Hijabs and keep their faces covered. Since the early days of the mullahs’ rule, Iranian women have consistently protested against the compulsory veiling. Misogyny is the core of the suppression of society in Iran to this day and it is clear that the ruling theocracy is dependent on it. Hiding it under the cloak of religion does not justify how the dress codes are forcefully patrolled by surveillance operations in the streets.
Maryam Rajavi said: “We reiterate that Iranian women must be free. And we repeat: NO to compulsory veil! NO to compulsory religion! And NO to compulsory government. The ruling mullahs are fully aware that if they modify any of their laws and policies that oppress women, the latter’s power will quickly advance and mobilize society.”