Elimination of violence against Iranian women depends on overthrow of the mullahs’ regime in Iran
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, I salute all my sisters in Iran and around the globe who have risen for equality and freedom to end oppression and violence against women. I salute all women who have suffered in this struggle, or have been tortured or hanged. The glorious ideal of equality in a world devoid of all forms of gender exploitation, violence and discrimination will undoubtedly be realized through a relentless and unwavering struggle and by paying its heavy price.
Nearly six decades ago, the Mirabal sisters were assassinated in Latin America on November 25. As a tribute to the three slain sisters, November 25 has been designated as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The three sisters, nick-named “the butterflies,” will always be remembered by defenders and advocates of freedom and equality.
Maryam Rajavi sent a video message to this conference. Following is the text of this message:
Madam President, distinguished judges and jurists,
I would like to salute your conference and extend my profound gratitude to Ms. Susana Medina, President of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), and her colleagues and wish them success in their efforts for the conference.
This conference is a significant opportunity for raising awareness around the world on discrimination and violence against women and ways of confronting them.
Iran is one of the countries where women are the most oppressed. They are victims of violence and sexual assaults.
This situation is not due to Iranian women’s lack of awareness. On the contrary, they have an outstanding level of college education as well as cultural and intellectual progress. In fact, it is the misogynistic nature of the mullahs’ religious dictatorship that imposes and inflicts various forms of violence on Iran’s women.
The misogynist mullahs have imposed inhuman discrimination against women since they seized power in 1979. In addition, they have institutionalized such discrimination in the law.
Under the regime’s laws, women’s rights are half of men’s. The testimonies of two women are equal to the testimony of one man before the court. Also, a woman inherits half of the amount a man inherits.
Women are not entitled to divorce according to the law. They are not allowed to have a job or even leave home without their husbands’ permission. They are also deprived of engaging in a large number of jobs, including judgeship. The regime dismissed all female judges once it seized power. Women are even banned from watching football games in the stadiums.
The regime’s penal code has paved the way for murder of women by their husbands and fathers. This means that if a woman is murdered on moral grounds by her husband, father or grandfather, the murderer is not punished.
In cases of sexual assault on women, the law is lenient towards the assailants but harsh on the victim. The case of Reyhaneh Jabbari serves as an example. She defended herself against rape which led to the death of the assailant. After seven years of imprisonment, she was executed at the age of 26, despite public outrage.
The mullahs have also inflicted extensive poverty and prostitution on women. For years, young women are being trafficked to neighboring countries. International reports confirm that Iran is one of the main transit routes and centers for sex trafficking.
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