All protest gatherings have become feminized since January. Mohsen Mahdian, a state-backed expert, made this comment in an interview with the Iranian state television on the extensive participation of women in protest gatherings.
Mohsen Mahdian said, “Since January, all (protest) gatherings have become feminized. Today, the enemy prefers a woman over a man to be in the scene. The issue has become gender oriented because the values for attracting attention have totally changed. She is producing new narrations based on a series of new values. You must be able to adapt.”
Women participated actively in a number of protest gatherings in the cities of Rasht, Ilam and Mashhad.
A group of residents of Ilam who live below the poverty line, held a gathering on Saturday, September 21, 2019, outside the Governor’s Office to protest Rouhani government’s wholesale suspension of their subsidies.
A group of maimed victims of the Iran-Iraq war and their families also held a gathering on September 21, 2019, in Rasht in protest to the discontinuation of their medical aid. They also protested the fact that most hospitals refuse to admit them for treatment.
A group of people whose purchased vehicles had not been handed over, held a gathering on Saturday, September 21, 2019, outside the regime’s Judiciary building in Tehran.
On September 19, 2019, a group of defrauded clients of Padideh Shandiz Institute held a protest gathering in Mashhad outside the Governorate to demand their stolen assets.
Women played active and remarkable roles in this gathering. Protesters held banners and placards, one of which read, “You gave promises for five years, but did not return our money.”
Some 50 shareholders of Padideh Shandiz Institute referred to the Governor’s Office of Khorasan Razavi Province to follow up on their demands from this company. Those plundered by this fraudulent institute have been following up persistently in recent years to take back their plundered assets.