Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Exclusive: Women inIran face dual discriminations

Crackdown of women in Iran

Women in Iran carry the burden of a dual discrimination. Both the judicial system in the country and the strict interpretation of Sharia laws by the fundamentalist mullahs have been combined to ignore the basic human rights of women in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Not only the discrimination against women in Iran is legalized, but also institutionalized. Although one could argue that women’s rights are violated in many countries, and that women are suppressed in many Muslim countries under the “sharia law”, but Iran remains unique as its crackdown is embedded in the constitution, and civil and administrative laws.

 On the back of this truck in Tehran driven by a mullah is written ;Good Woman, Dead Woman; and ;A woman is not porcelain jug to break, don’t hesitate to beat her

Islamic fundamentalists do not view women as human beings, but as tools for having babies and bringing joy to men. They are considered subhuman and secondary to men. This perspective is perhaps the most central principle in their philosophy. For the fundamentalists, as we can see in Iran today, gender equality is viewed as an existential threat. This is a sheer crime. Violating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it’s not culture, history nor religion. It is a crime that needs to be prevented, prosecuted and penalized.
Iran refusing to join the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women is no cultural matter, but playing into the security interests of a dictatorial regime. Iran is the birthplace of the first fundamentalist regime, the godfather of ISIS. The notion of an Islamic caliphate was the brainchild of Iranian regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini, known for saying we need a caliph who would decapitate and cut off hands. No wonder the backward Islamic Extremist Ideology sets women as its main enemy. Because the women are the real forces of change. 
Here are some examples of repression against women in Iran :
Only a low percentage of women take part in cultural activities in Iran
According to the director general of social and cultural affairs in Khuzistan Province, southwest Iran “Women in a small percentage take part in social and cultural activities.” The main drive behind this social dilemma is that there are so many legal and social barriers and limits set for women to appear in public or to work in the society. The following photograph is only one example of these barriers.

 This car was impounded due to ’bad-veiling’ of its driver and other passengers.

 An Iranian artist is put behind bar for her art work
Iranian artist and civil activist Atena Farghadani

Iranian artist and civil activist Atena Farghadani, held currently in the women’s ward of the notoriousEvin Prison , remains in limbo and waiting for her day in court.
The bogus and outrageous charges raised against her are “insulting MPs in her art work!”, “assembly and collusion with anti-revolutionary!! individuals”, and “insulting the leader of the Islamic republic”.
Last year, after spending two months in a Revolutionary Guards prison, Farghadani said her critical artwork were the main topic in her interrogations.
Woman summoned for questioning for taking part in the New Year ceremony!
Soheila Mohammadi

Soheila Mohammadi, a civil activist in the city of Sanandaj, west of Iran, was summoned by security forces for questioning after taking part in a ceremony celebrating the Persian New Year. Security forces went to Mohammadi’s house on March 31st and served her a subpoena to appear in branch 5 of the Sananjan public prosecutor’s office on charges of “disrupting public order!”, whatever that means.
Mrs. Mohammadi was one of the organizers of a Persian New Year celebration in the village of Ghesriyan near Sanandaj. She has been threatened of being arrested if she fails to show up at the given date.
Mohammadi had been interrogated by security forces in the past due to her civil and environmental activities.
These are just small examples of the suffering women endure under the suppressive rule of the fundamentalist rule of mullahs. There is only one path to relieve women as well as the whole society in Iran from the tyranny imposed on them, which is to rise up and to uproot this regime and establish real democracy under the leadership of Maryam Rajavi .

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