Iran: Women’s Role in the MEK is not Misogynist
Ever since the 1979 Iranian revolution, as a means of controlling women, the regime has oppressed them. Even under the despotic rule of the Shah, women weren’t forced to wear a “hijab” but since 1979 women have been denied their right to choose what they wear.
The “headscarf or oppression” slogan illustrates how misogynist the clerical regime is and how forcing the scarf on women is an oppressive tactic aimed at undermining women.
On this day in 1989: @Maryam_Rajavi became Secretary General of the MEK (PMOI), the first time a woman took over as head of a political group in Iran's history. Since then, 9 MEK Secretary Generals have all been women. The MEK are enemy number 1 to the mullahs' misogynist regime. pic.twitter.com/znAvwwnilX
— M. Hanif Jazayeri (@HanifJazayeri) October 17, 2020
Democratic rights are so poor in Iran that women aren’t even allowed to protest, revealed Fatemeh Sadeghi, a researcher on women’s rights. It is only now with so many protests taking place in Iran that women have emerged as leaders and are challenging the role forced on them by the mullahs.
“Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Iran, October 3, 2020—Since Iran’s 1979 revolution, which saw the mullahs rise to power, the ruling regime has institutionalized the oppression of women in the constitution and legal fields such as inheritance,…” https://t.co/ZmYSkkwb0g
— Victory is ours (@Victorysours) October 4, 2020
Participation in employment has fallen for women
In 2018, women in employment have dropped by 2 percent, so they now make up just 19.6 percent of the workforce, while in the same timeframe the number of men in employment has risen.
IRANIAN WOMEN SANCTIONED BY THE REGIME FOR DECADES. https://t.co/JssyeXlnf8 Aside frm misogynist laws that make woman’s life & testimony half of a man’s, women also face prohibitions in social activities and in obtaining jobs, that make their lives harder. pic.twitter.com/AihBhrQTwu
— Women's Committee NCRI (@womenncri) October 23, 2020
During the November 2019 protests Iranian women were actively involved in the uprising and it was the (PMOI / MEK Iran), women who were the role models that others followed. Even the regime’s media acknowledged that women played a leading role in the latest uprisings. Unfortunately, many women were victims of the crackdowns by the regime and lost their lives.
Women get to the point that gender discrimination is so bad that they will do anything to get back their rights so they take to the streets if that is all that is left for them to do.
The state-run Fars news agency, which is strongly linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), referred to in a news article written just after the 2019 uprising that the role women took in the protest was impressive. They were well organized and delegated different duties to different women so that their presence was clearly noticeable.
In a report released on December 26thlast year, a Fars reporter wrote that the leaders of the protests in Rafsanjan included two girls, as well as some men. Also, a video revealed at a calm gathering in Kohkiluyeh and Buyer Ahmad province, a young girl screaming and yelling as she convinced people to join the protests.
Previous comments made by these so-called religious leaders in the past have led to vicious attacks on young and old women by thugs, who have used acid on the faces of “mal-veiled” women in the street.#MEK #Iran https://t.co/Q9EaS9PFu7 #FreeIran2020 pic.twitter.com/2eajX14B1s
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) October 9, 2020
What has brought about this involvement of women is the regime’s ongoing discrimination and oppression of women, coupled with Iranian women excelling in the higher ranks of the Resistance, especially in the (PMOI / MEK Iran). It is these women who have inspired those who are so oppressed within Iran and they are now the symbols for the (PMOI / MEK Iran) as they promote equality and freedom from oppression in Iran.
Women in the MEK “Resistance Units” are now the mullahs’ worst nightmare and this bad dream won’t end until the regime has been toppled and replaced by one that values freedom and democracy for all genders on an equal footing.
In Iran for example, the women are the vanguards of fighting religious fascism. Women play a key role in the main Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MEK). For more than 3 decades, MEK women have led the resistance movement against the Iranian regime. Thousands of MEK female members have sacrificed their lives for freedom and equality in Iran. For the past 30 years, the Secretary-General of the MEK has been a woman, and its Leadership Council consists of 1000 MEK female members. The President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran is also a courageous woman, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi.