“Women in the Iranian Resistance – Defying the Misogynist Regime, Paying the Price of Freedom”

Women’s conference in Ashraf 3 in support of a free Iran – July 14, 2019 – Tirana, Albania

An international conference was held, with the theme: “Women in the Iranian Resistance – Defying the Misogynist Regime, Paying the Price of Freedom”.

Women’s rights activists and dignitaries from across the world were attending the conference in Ashraf 3, home to members of the main Iranian opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK) in Albania.

These prominent figures were voicing support for women of Iran, who have been leading the struggle for freedom in the past decades. The event’s keynote speaker is Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi.

Attendants were expressing support for Maryam Rajavi’s 10-point plan for a future free Iran.

The first and keynote speaker of the event was Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

Maryam Rajavi said: The common answer to all these problems, ranging from poverty and discrimination to lack of free choice, lies in freedom and equality. Not just equality and not just freedom. But both freedom and equality. Discrimination against women in Iran and in any society, at any juncture of history, have meant to subjugate the people, to suppress them, to plunder them and to strip them of their political rights.

You might have heard claims that if the mullahs were to be overthrown, Iran would experience chaos, disasters and destitution. But aren’t Iranian women living in conditions even worse than war-torn countries? Aren’t they suffering from poverty, unemployment and homelessness?

You can see 1,000 pioneering women at this place coming from various cities of Iran, from Khomeini’s prisons, or from universities in the U.S.,Europe & Iran. You see 3 generations side by side.They are members of the Central Council of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran.

Most of the victims of rampant poverty and destitution in today’s Iran are women. Over 62 percent of women above 10 years are housewives. The average economic participation of women in the Middle East is 22 percent, but only 12 percent in the cities of Iran.

If our movement was not deeply against exploitation and all of its political, social, theoretical, and cultural conducts, women could not hold such positions for a long time.

To be a woman and not surrender, to be a woman and persevere in struggle, to be a woman and instead of thinking about yourself, think about the liberation of your enchained people, this is something that has driven the mullahs crazy.

I would like to salute Iran’s political prisoners especially my sisters who have been resisting and defying the regime in Khamenei’s jails across Iran.

Inspired by the 1,000 women of Ashraf, this is a tradition that Iran’s enlightened women and rebellious girls are following, which is an emancipating struggle.

I would like to briefly review the status of Iranian women in a few realms:

You can see the conference at the link below: