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MEK Seminar on Women’s Rights in Iran: Part 3

By INU Staff

INU - On the fourth day of the Free Iran Conference in Ashraf 3 on Sunday, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) held a seminar on women in the MEK, where women’s rights activists discussed the struggle of Iranian women under the mullahs and expressed solidarity with Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi.

In our previous piece, we discussed Maryam Rajavi’s keynote address and some of the distinguished women who spoke alongside her. Here we will continue our look at the other women who spoke at the MEK conference.

Zinat Mirhashemi, Editor in Chief of Nabard-e-Khalq Review, said that women have always played an important role in the fight for freedom in Iran, but now the women held the “highest ranks” in the struggle.

She said: “This is the assurance of [the MEK’s] future and women’s equality will be fulfilled because these women are leaders… Where women have a significant role, victory is assured. The future is ours… The women who are in prison are our pride. Our movement for justice in Iran has a wealth of women from across Iran.”

Khadija Ziyani, Moroccan MP, told the women of the MEK that the world would remember them for this fight and said she was “very optimistic” that the MEK would win the fight because of their determination and strong values.

Dr Maria Ryan, Cottage Hospital CEO, said that misogyny was rampant in Iran, but that the MEK’s commitment to gender equality would go down in history books as what transformed Iran following the fall of the mullahs.

While Italian MP Giuseppina Occhionero said that the women are the “force of change in Iran”, which is why the MEK’s top positions are filled with “women who put fear behind them”.

Former Romanian MP Maria Grecea said the Regime is at a “political and social dead-end”, which makes this a highly important time for the MEK and its supporters. She encouraged supporters to help the Iranian people because “the fascist dictators of Iran must fall”.

She said: “This is important not only for the people of Iran but for the world because an exporter of terrorism will be eliminated. Your persistence was seen when the [MEK] built international support for Iranians, especially for the popular uprising of 2017/2018. The international pressure and the ongoing protests have put the regime in a difficult situation.”

Edit Bauer, Former MEP from Slovakia, said that the MEK is “special” because of women’s key role in the group, noting that Rajavi “educated and trained a generation of women who are capable of leading Ashraf residents through ups and downs” as well as “a generation of men who can cooperate with women in building their nation”.

She said: “You have confronted fundamentalism in a way that no other movement has. You have proven the failure of the mullahs’ ideology in practice. I’m seeing the strengthening of the support for your movement around the world.”

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