Maryam Rajavi’s International Women's Day Speech: Part 1

By INU Staff

INU- On the occasion of International Women's Day last Friday, the leader of the Iranian Resistance, Maryam Rajavi gave a speech to herald the Iranian women who are fighting against the clerical regime, which seeks to suppress, imprison, rape, torture and kill them.

She began by talking about the brave women across the world who have made history through their struggle for equality and liberation, including those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, before she zeroed in on the Iranian women who are fighting the mullahs and advised that there is a proud history of Iranian women leading social change.

Maryam Rajavi said: “Iranian women are proud to have struggled against forty years of despicable religious tyranny, since day one until now. They have produced a glorious resistance movement… It is thanks to this struggle and perseverance that Women's Day for Iranian women does not only fall on March 8 but is actually marked as every single day of the calendar.”

She advised that March 8 is not just a day to protest against inequality, but also a day to celebrate the achievements of women who have fought for freedom and those who will continue until the fight is over.

Maryam Rajavi said: “In the midst of fear and silence, it is women who chant "death to Khamenei" in the face of the regime's agents. They lead workers' protests and become the voice of teachers and retirees. They inspire youth to stand up against the regime's agents. They persevere in prisons with extraordinary courage, alongside their sisters. And, in the ranks of freedom fighters, they have established Units of Resistance.”

She explained that these women fight on, in spite of the Regime’s push to violently eliminate all opposition, including the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, which included thousands of women, including the elderly, the young, and even the pregnant.

Maryam Rajavi advised that the women are resisting a misogynist regime whose rule is based on the discrimination, suppression, and humiliation of women.
She then began to outline the major problems facing women in Iran today.

Forced veiling
Maryam Rajavi reports that the mandatory hijab is a major problem in Iran, especially because women who refuse to comply are arrested or attacked by “morality police”. Thousands of women were arrested for protesting the sexist law.

Drug Addiction
Maryam Rajavi reported that the number of female drug addicts continues to rise year after year, with 50% of female prisoners between 20 to 34 years of age charged with drug-related offences. Many addicts are forced into prostitution to support themselves.

Unemployment
Women are not allowed to work without their closest male relatives permission and are often excluded from typically male professions.

As a result of the mullahs’ misogynist policies, the unemployment rate for educated women has reached 78%, while the unemployment rate for women under 30 has reached 86%. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had the nerve to claim that "employment is not the main issue when it comes to women."

Child Marriage
The marriage of girls under 18 years of age has created a “tragedy” for women in Iran, Maryam Rajavi said.

Homelessness
There are at least 3,000 homeless women in Tehran alone, with a great number also forced to turn to prostitution.
At the heart of many of these issues is poverty and at the heart of that is the Iranian Regime.

In our next piece, we will look at how Maryam Rajavi advises the Regime can be overthrown by supporting Iranian women.