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.

Between 1989 and 1993, this drive for equality had taken major strides forward. New values and views on women dominated the movement. As these qualified women began to directly affect the everyday affairs of each department, I began receiving daily reports from men, underlining the serious and effective impact of women's role.



They were opening their eyes to this new reality. The most prominent characteristic, which produced a significant impact on the work environment, was these women's extreme sense of responsibility...

Between 1989 and 1993, this drive for equality had taken major strides forward. New values and views on women dominated the movement. As these qualified women began to directly affect the everyday affairs of each department, I began receiving daily reports from men, underlining the serious and effective impact of women's role. They were opening their eyes to this new reality.

 

The most prominent characteristic, which produced a significant impact on the work environment, was these women's extreme sense of responsibility, particularly in the sensitive military field. They demonstrated a maximum willingness to learn, displayed a high level of discipline, remarkable decisiveness, and most important of all, a selfless devotion emanating from their humane qualities. The work environment took on a sense of care and human emotion.

 

In reality, those who had taken part in this revolution were compelled to forget their old value system. One of the precious achievements of this era was the new, fresh relationship among the women themselves. Before all else, these women had to love their sisters and feel a sense of solidarity in their endeavors. Such relationships could become a reality only when these women really believed in one another: women commanding women - mutual acceptance of this relationship. This marked the beginning of a mature relationship between human beings.

 

In 1993, an all-woman Leadership Council was elected by the Mojahedin's central council. Presently, not only the Leadership Council, but also the NLA's entire general command is run by women.

 

Following women's entry into the army's command, a series of re-organizations were undertaken to elevate the command level. During these phases, the number of combat units grew by 300%. With each step forward, our progress gained momentum.

 

Had our women not gone through this process, they could not have taken the subsequent actions required of a pioneering generation. It was, of course, a tortuous path. Some said it felt as if they had lived an entire lifetime. It was also very difficult on the men. Today, however, we have an energetic generation which has experienced something very important and new in the world. Now, that generation is ready to share its accomplishments with the emancipation movement, in the effort to uproot discrimination and gender-based apartheid.

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