News reports from a meeting on the prevalence of prostitution in Iran under the clerical regime’s rule, has sparked a wave of attacks and criticism on the presidential directorate on Women and Family Affairs and its head, Shahindokht Molaverdi, who co-sponsored the meeting.
Among dozens of articles and interviews, the pro-Khamenei Iran’s Women Network published an interview with the director of Women’s Cooperation Council, Fereshteh Vali-Moradi, who criticized the Women’s Affairs Directorate for taking steps “to normalize prostitution in Islamic society”.
She said Molaverdi should have submitted the findings to higher centers to be discussed in closed door meetings and not to the public via the media. Vali-Moradi accused Molaverdi of taking advantage of such issues for the upcoming parliamentary elections. She said, “In addition to weak management, this is indicative of building a social atmosphere with political objectives.”
(State-run Iran’s Women’s Network, October 21, 2015)