Iranian Women Stand Against Misogynist Ahmadinejad

By: Soona Samsani

There has been a concerted effort by Tehran to conflate opposition to the Iranian regime, its human rights abuses, and its inherent and deeply ingrained misogyny, with beating the drums of war. Tehran has managed to take advantage of some anti-war groups to line up support for its murderous behavior. The aim is to insinuate the notion that “if you are against the Iranian regime, you are for war with Iran.”

Those who now callously argue that any strong criticism of the Iranian regime amounts to a preparation for war only serve to provide the regime with the “moral” cover it needs to continue its human rights atrocities, the stoning of women, the torture and execution of political dissidents, and exporting of terrorism.

In fact, during Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s five-year tenure as the regime’s president, 1,860 people have been executed, among them 42 women, with 261 cases reportedly carried out in public. Additionally, seven have been stoned to death, among them women. Iran is also the only child executioner in the world, hanging 36 juveniles in the same period.

So, it is high time for the forceful rejection of the false notion that opposition to such crimes is tantamount to warmongering. The only benefactor of this notion is the Iranian regime. What has instead become clear time and again is that when the international community actually applies pressure on the Iranian regime when it comes to human rights abuses, the regime succumbs.

The most recent evidence of this is the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian mother of two who was sentenced to stoning on charges of adultery. After a high profile international campaign, which was initiated by Ashtiani’s children, the stoning, which was due to take place in July, was postponed by the Iranian regime’s officials. Although the death sentence against her still stands, it is in large part due to the pressure applied by the international community that Ms. Ashtiani has not become another statistic of the regime’s victims.

The regime argues that reports of its atrocious human rights abuses are nothing more than fabricated “anti-Iranian” propaganda meant to incite Americans to wage war. This is precisely what Ahmadinejad said when asked about Ashtiani’s case in an interview with ABC television over the weekend. He first claimed that Ashtiani was never sentenced to death by stoning (which clearly contradicts an Iranian Foreign Ministry official’s acknowledgment that the stoning had been halted), and that the story was nothing but an invention of the American media and politicians (deliberately ignoring her children’s efforts that initially publicized her case). Ahmadinejad then noted, “We are opposed to the way United States manages the world, manages Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere” — as if this was somehow relevant to the question at hand.

The world has to realize, both for the sake of the Iranian people who have on numerous occasions risen up in their millions against that dictatorial regime, as well as for the sake of global peace and security, that the genocidal behavior of the Iranian regime is no accident. Rather, it is endemic to its very existence, and its way of governance.

The time for muting criticisms of the Iranian regime is over – the people of Iran want, and need, allies in the international community to put concrete demands on the regime. A large rally to be held by thousands of Iranian Americans across the United States on Thursday 23 September across from the United Nations headquarters is meant to show the world that Ahmadinejad and his misogynist regime do not represent the Iranian people.

To the contrary, the participants will endorse the 10-point plan of Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran coalition, with states, among other things, “We believe in complete gender equality in political and social rights. We are also committed to equal participation of women in political leadership. Any form of discrimination against women will be abolished. They will enjoy the right to freely choose their clothing.”

Unlike the mullahs, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi is committed to the “abolition of the death penalty” and the establishment of a “pluralist system,” which guarantees “freedom of parties and assembly, freedom of expression of opinion, speech and the media.” And finally, she concludes, “We want the free Iran of tomorrow to be devoid of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction.”

Supporting the Iranian people and holding the Iranian regime accountable for its crimes is far from embracing war. In fact, it is the surest way to avoid the two scariest alternatives: an Iranian bomb or bombing Iran.

Soona Samsani is Executive Director of Women’s Freedom Forum, Inc. which promotes change in Iran.

Advertisements

10 Responses

  1. Please post this for me BJ:

    IT IS BEYOND OUTRAGEOUS AND INTO THE REALM OF ABUSE THAT LEFT WING FEMINISTS CONTINUE TO SAY NOTHING AND DO NOTHING ABOUT THIS DICTATOR AND ABOUT THE TORTURE OF WOMEN SANCTIONED BY SHARIAH LAW.

    LEFT WING FEMINISTS HAVE BEEN UNBEEELIEVABLY NEGLIGENT IN HOW OFTEN THEY ARE MIA OR COWARDLY SELFISHLY SILENT ON THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS TORTURE OF WOMEN EVER TO COME BEFORE US– BY RADICAL MUSLIMS.

    THE DNC HAS BOUGHT OUT THESE WOMEN WITH ABORTION MONEY. THE DEAL IS THAT THEY HAVE TO MAKE SURE FEMINISM REMAINS SOLELY ABOUT ABORTION IN ORDER TO KEEP RECEIVING MONEY FROM VAROIUS FACTIONS OF THE DNC. IT IS A ROTTEN DEAL.

    THESE SO-CALLED FEMINISTS WERE SILENT WHEN HILLARY WAS BEING ABUSED BY THE LEFT WING MEDIA, SILENT WHEN SARAH PALIN WAS ABUSED AND NOW THEY ARE SILENT WHEN CHRISTINE O’DONNELL IS ABUSED BY THE SEXIST LEFT WING MEDIA. THESE PHONY HYPOCRITICAL LEFTIST RADICAL FEMINISTS NEED TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR NEGLECT AS IT IS PRACTICALLY CRIMINAL.

    • Sorry but I don’t see how this comment is relevant to the article.
      This article is about Iranian women being oppressed by the current Iranian regime.
      By the way, what do you mean exactly by “left-wing feminists?”
      I did not know there is also such a thing called a “right-wing feminist” since republicans in general are anti-woman, and pro-war( which means they are also pro-killing and pro-rape as those are the outcomes that war brings).
      Why are you attacking feminist efforts for abortion rights?
      As an Iranian woman, one reason I am fighting against the current Islamic government is that they don’t give women the right to choose whether or not she wants to continue with a pregnancy. And I appreciate U.S. feminists’ efforts to make abortion legal and available to all women.

  2. Tell it sista
    Seriously where is all the outrage ?
    ..the silence is deafening.

    Hypocrites huh?

  3. Yes,free Iran fron onslaught of destructive weapon energy. Utilise the costructive energy for enriching the lives of child,woman and man to stop violence and murderous behavior.Iran should develop humanitarian culture and not destructive weapon culture.This is applicable to all countries of the world.Few people calling themseves political leaders destroying world and humilating and killing people.Be careful of such persons.
    Prof.Fani Bhusan Das

    • Humanitarian culture?!! and you’re talking about Iran?!
      It seems some people don’t know anything about the Iranian people and their culture, and just leave comments judging people of a country based on their current regime.
      And are you really a university professor as your name suggests? because if so, I really feel sorry for your students. They sure deserve a more knowledgeable prof.

  4. No power can equate women’s power.Women of the must unite,bearing in mind that they must shed their image of sex,glamour and all other negative aspects with which the manpower exploting them.Then only they will be able to govern the dirty world.
    Prof.Fani Bhusan Das

  5. I donot want to comment on Eva’s posting.I always mind my language. Let us create a more ethical world.

  6. Professor
    I am in agreement with Eve and with all due respect I say your comment “women must shed their image of sex,glamour and all other negative aspects”
    is way off base .
    What women must strive for is equal rights regardless of whether as you say she is “sexual or glamorous” is male equality based on whether he is sexual or manly?
    Women are “sexual and glamorous’ sorry if that offends your religious/cultural belief.
    Whether she a prostitute or a lawyer she deserves respect and the right to human rights.
    Suggesting she needs to shed her “sexuality and glamour” in order to achieve equality plays into the hands of misogyny, she is who she is and only a misogynist would suggest she be submissive in order to achieve rights would you suggest a man shed his sex and manhood to achieve equal rights?.
    She deserves the same rights as a man regardless of “sex and glamour’
    And what does this mean?
    “.Then only they will be able to govern the dirty world..”
    That’s bizarre.
    Where are you a professor? Your English and spelling are questionable,

  7. […] de Irán Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, lo están haciendo de nuevo – y esta vez le están dando el misógino , homofóbico , negar el Holocausto , fanático religioso un banquete ! Los intelectuales […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: