Having emerged from the depth of the Middle Ages, the Iranian regime is alien to Iran’s cultural heritage.
From day one, the mullahs imposed a totalitarian state cloak under the veneer of religion. The sharp edge of this oppressive rule targeted Iranian women, who have had a century-long history of fighting against dictatorship, going back to the days of the boycott of Tobacco in 1890.
It did not take long for the regime to institute misogynous and discriminatory laws against women, who were deprived of their most rudimentary rights, including the right to choose their attire.
Khomeini, the regime’s founder, soon mobilized several types of repressive forces to ensure that his misogynist laws were enforced, and women were ultimately forced to wear the compulsory hijab, or face punishment.
He set up women control units in schools, universities, and public and private offices, and created the paramilitary Basij forces as agents to enforce discriminatory laws.
Over the past 43 years, the regime has worked tirelessly to spread these misogynist laws in various forms. It has allocated a huge budget to different institutions to control women and repress their rights Denying them opportunities in economic and political spheres.
The common denominator of these barbaric laws against women is the attempt to force them to believe that they are inferior to men and should have fewer expectations and be content with second-class status in society.
The regime restricted and even prevented women’s sports. and Other outdoor activities have always faced numerous limitations and obstacles. By politicizing women’s sports and turning it into a national security issue, the mullahs have sought to deprive women of engaging in healthy exercise. The regime’s laws have even gone as far as to make e riding bicycles or motorcycles illegal for women. On February 13, Hossein Rahimi, the Greater Tehran State Security Force commander, while explaining the police’s plan to deal with motorcyclists, stressed that since women are not given motorcycle licenses, they are not allowed to them.
There is nothing in the regime’s law banning women from riding bicycles or motorcycles. However, the mullahs have enforced the ban and prevented women from using bicycles in public areas.
This ban surprisingly does not extend to driving a car, a bus, or a truck. There is no gender discrimination for these types of vehicles, so women can become truck drivers but are not allowed to ride motorcycles. According to regime officials, the reason behind this is that women’s bodies, despite covering their heads from head to toe, are “too visible” and “irritating” while they are cycling. The same ban applies to riding horses.
As it pertains to educational and occupational opportunities, women do not have the right to divorce to become a judge or president. Nor do they have the right to choose many academic disciplines.