Maryam Rajavi is the president-elect of the Iranian Resistance, who opposes the fundamentalism of the mullahs and wants to bring freedom and democracy to Iran. In a statement published on her website, Maryam Rajavi makes it clear that the conflict between fundamentalism and freedom is not a matter of religion or an East v West situation. Instead, fundamentalism is the result of a dictatorship that subjugates and oppresses its people.
Maryam Rajavi makes it clear that this is in no way something that is inherent in the Iranian populace, the majority of whom have taken part in the nationwide uprising against the mullahs that began in December 2017, and then asks us to examine the misogyny that is at the heart of fundamentalist rule.
Maryam Rajavi wrote: “Indeed, why do more than all others, fundamentalists direct their vengeance and violence towards women? First, because their backward nature has rendered them misogynous. And second, during the 1979 revolution in Iran as well as in social movements in other Middle East countries, the fundamentalist were challenged and are being challenged today with an immense yearning for freedom and equality, which pivots around women’s emancipation.”
Simply, Maryam Rajavi explains, sexism is at the core of the Iranian Regime’s fundamentalist mindset as suppressing women oppresses and intimidates society as a whole. During the 1979 revolution, women were leading the protests against the shah, which eventually caused him to flee. When the mullahs stole power from the people, they realised that women were the revolutionaries, so they cracked down on women in education and employment until they felt they had control.
That’s why confronting fundamentalism is one of Maryam Rajavi’s biggest goals; something that she intends to do through invoking Democratic Islam, which she calls “the antithesis to fundamentalism”. After all, the mullahs wrongly invoke Islam in their fundamentalist crusade.
Maryam Rajavi wrote: “I must therefore emphasize that these two phenomena are diametrically opposite one another. One is a dictatorial ideology and the other is the religion of freedom, which recognizes sovereignty as the most important right of the people. One defends religious discrimination; the other is an Islam which defends equal rights for the followers of other religions.
One is monopolistic and dogmatic; the other is a tolerant Islam, which promotes respect for the belief in other ideas and religions. One is a religion imposed through force; the other is an Islam, which rejects any compulsion in religion. One practices misogyny; the other promotes gender equality.”
This is something that her husband, Massoud Rajavi, former leader of the Iranian Resistance, declared more than 50 years ago and it is something that Maryam Rajavi is still fighting now.
The velayat-e faqih regime has dragged Iran backwards and put the Iranian people down, but by confronting fundamentalism and bringing down the mullahs Maryam Rajavi is certain that the world will be a safer place, for women, for Iranians, for everyone.