NCRI WOMEN'S COMMITTEE

Works extensively with Iranian women outside the country and maintains a permanent contact with women inside Iran. The Women’s Committee is actively involved with many women's rights organizations and NGO's and the Iranian diaspora. The committee is a major source of much of the information received from inside Iran with regards to women. Attending UN Human Rights Commission meetings and other international or regional conferences on women’s issues, and engaging in a relentless battle against the Iranian regime's misogyny are part of the activities of members and associates of the committee.

The advancements and achievements of women in the Resistance movement, particularly their occupation of leadership and command positions, translate into the reality that women will annihilate the mullahs' misogynous regime.



Their status in the Resistance is the best guarantee that democracy will be instituted and preserved in the post-mullah Iran. This is important, because in most resistance movements, women were marginalized after victory, despite their active role. In our movement, however, this would be impossible...

The advancements and achievements of women in the Resistance movement, particularly their occupation of leadership and command positions, translate into the reality that women will annihilate the mullahs' misogynous regime. Their status in the Resistance is the best guarantee that democracy will be instituted and preserved in the post-mullah Iran. This is important, because in most resistance movements, women were marginalized after victory, despite their active role. In our movement, however, this would be impossible, because of two special characteristics:

 
 In diametric opposition to the mullahs' rule of absolute male-dominance, the Iranian Resistance is led, commanded and managed essentially by our women.


In diametric opposition to the mullahs' rule of absolute male-dominance, the Iranian Resistance is led, commanded and managed essentially by our women.


The National Council of Resistance has adopted a concrete plan to guarantee the equality of men and women in tomorrow's free Iran. All members of the Resistance are committed to this program.


In 1995, I enumerated a 16-article Charter of Fundamental Freedoms for Future Iran for my fellow compatriots. I reiterated, among others, the rights and freedoms of Iranian women, summarized as:


• The right to elect and be elected in all elections, and the right to suffrage in all referendums.
• The right to employment and freedom of choice in profession, and the right to hold any public or government position, office, or profession, including presidency and judgeship in all judicial bodies.
• The right to free political and social activity and travel without the permission of another person.
• The right to freely choose clothing and covering.
• The right to use, without discrimination, all instructional, educational, athletic, and artistic resources, and the right to participate in all athletic competitions and artistic activities.
• Recognition of women's associations and support for their voluntary formation throughout the country.
• Consideration of special privileges in various social, administrative, and cultural fields to abolish inequality and the dual oppression of women.
• Equal pay for equal work, prohibition of discrimination in hiring and during employment.
• The right to salary and special accommodations during pregnancy, childbirth, and care of infants.
• Absolute freedom of choice regarding spouse and marriage, which can take place only with the consent of both parties.
• Equal right to divorce; women and men are equal in presenting grounds for divorce.
• Support for widowed and divorced women and for children in their custody; care will be provided through the National Social Welfare System.
• Elimination of legal inequalities with regard to testimony, guardianship, custody and inheritance.
• In family life, any form of compulsion or coercion of the wife is prohibited.
• Polygamy is prohibited.
• Prohibition of all forms of sexual exploitation of women on any pretext.


It should be reiterated here, that since democracy, progress and advancement depend on the emancipation of women, any legislation or social planning must, before all else, consider the question of women's equality with men. The present charter has been drafted and adopted with this in mind. In future, too, more plans and amendments providing for the rights of women and women's equality will be drafted on the same basis.


From the fundamentalist mullahs' perspective, sexual vice and virtue are the principal criteria for evaluation. The most ignoble and unforgivable of all sins is sexual wrongdoing; piety, chastity and decency are basically measured by sex-related yardsticks. Seldom do they apply to the political and social realms.


Purity or corruption is essentially judged according to criteria that are in one way or another related to sex. When such a value system evolves into the social norm, the walls of sexual demarcation become taller, thicker and even more ubiquitous.

 
The fundamentalists look at the world and the hereafter through distorted, sex-tinted glasses.


Maryam Rajavi

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