Accept yourselves (ladies) as leaders. The ladies are the leaders of our revolution; we are their continuation. Real men and women come from a woman’s knees.
– Sahifeh of Imam Khomeini, vol. 7, p. 132 and 338
“If you women are good, men and children would be too.”
— Imam Khamenei, February 19, 1982
The tragic death of Mahsa Amini was bitter and unfortunate for the nation and the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and as soon as the news broke, the country’s authorities, especially the president, in addition to contacting his family, issued an order for the immediate investigation of the case. The Disciplinary Force and Forensics presented their findings to the media. According to the evidence, the disciplinary force transferred Amini to information centers to familiarize himself with the law of Islamic dress code for not observing the proper hijab.
However, at the briefing, which was attended by 20 other people, she suffered a stroke and died despite being rushed to hospital. After the autopsy, the medical examiner announced that there were no signs of torture on his body. Additionally, it was clarified that she had undergone brain surgery as a child, and the medical documents were shown to the media.
Despite the careful handling of the case, vested interests did their best from the start to distort and make instrumental use of Amini’s death. They have pursued several goals with their false information, which was carried out under the direction of Western media imperialism.
First, they tried to introduce the hijab as a cause of the backwardness and restriction of women, and therefore, to introduce Islam as an anti-feminist religion.
Second, they accused the Islamic Republic of Iran of violating women’s rights and gave the false impression that Iran’s hijab law has caused delay and severe restrictions for women, and sometimes they compared the situation of women in Iran with the situation of women in the Salafist version of Islam.
Third, they announced that Iran, in response to people’s protests, had severely suppressed them.
Of course, such widespread media propaganda against Iran is not without precedent. It is enough to take a look at the many news and analyzes that have been provided against Iran in this limited period, so that the intensity of the enemy’s animosity and plots in this area can be fully clarified. .
Iran’s enemies, who have vainly pressured the nation, are now resorting to media and cognitive warfare.
Iran’s Ministry of Information has released the causes of the recent unrest and the behind-the-scenes conspiracies of the media war which have made it clear that the way the US, UK, Zionist regime, Saudi Arabia and the terrorist group Mujahideen-e Khalq (MKO) have united and played a role in this incident in both Media Soft War and Media Hard War by provoking and equipping the local enemies of Iran.
This is part of the project to insult the cultural values of the East by the Western media.
Tragically, sometimes media houses in friendly countries unwittingly take the torrents of fake news and inappropriate analysis as the truth and present the same for their domestic consumption.
This incident and the inappropriate functioning of some media necessitates an examination of the status and dignity of women in Islam, particularly in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Status of women in Iran
In this media trial, the Islamic society of Iran was projected as a misogynist society. They insinuate that the hijab restricts a woman’s freedom and hinders her growth. However, the concept of growth and excellence of women as seen in the West is biased. Are presenting sexual characteristics and occupying the minds of young people in society criteria for the growth and fulfillment of women?
The status of women in the Islamic Republic of Iran should be studied and examined from two angles; first, what is the concept of women in Iran and what place has it assigned to them in its laws; and second, what are the realities of life for women in Iran?
Women’s rights in the Iranian Constitution
The first step to understanding a society’s view of a woman’s personality is to examine the position of women in that country’s constitution. The importance and status of women in Iran is such that in the introduction to the Constitution, a special and separate topic entitled “Women in the Constitution” is devoted to them. The most important pivots in this subject are:
Defend the rights of women in the creation of Islamic social foundations, due to the oppression they suffered under the previous regime;
Provide the means to achieve the formation of a family which is the main basis of the evolutionary and growing human movement;
To restore the important and noble task of motherhood in the education of doctrinal human beings in active areas of life.
In addition to the introduction, women’s issues are addressed directly in the main body of the Constitution:
Clause 14 of Article 3: Guaranteeing the full rights of people, women and men;
Article 20: Men and women are equal
Article 21: The government is obliged to guarantee the rights of women in all respects in accordance with Islamic norms
Article 62: Men and women enjoy all human, political, economic and cultural rights, provided they respect the norms of Islam.
Since the beginning of the Islamic revolution, Iran has particularly insisted on the need to increase and promote the status of women.
In the first development plan (1989-1993), it is stated as follows:
Greater participation of women in social, cultural, educational, economic affairs, maintaining family codes of conduct and the sublime values of the Islamic personality of women.
In the second development plan (1999-1995), the “Office of Women’s Affairs” was specially created within the presidential institution.
In the fourth development plan (2005-2009), the government is obligated to pay an interest subsidy on housing loans to house builders who build houses for women without guardians; and it emphasizes the empowerment of women to establish the social interaction necessary for the formation of women’s cooperative units.
In the fifth development plan (2011-2015), the word “woman” is mentioned 21 times in different articles; issues such as ‘self-confidence’, ‘strengthening the institution of the family’ and ’empowering the disabled in need and women heads of households’.
In addition to the above, special laws are also designed for the working status of women in labor law. No women are employed as construction workers or street sweepers in the cities. They are prohibited from working at night.
Vision statement for women in 20 years
The 20-year vision statement (2005-2025) or “Iran’s Horizon 2025” is implemented in the form of four development plans over five-year periods. The 2025 Declaration includes all members of society, men and women, and together with men, women should also strive to achieve the vision horizon of the 2025 Declaration. Place of Women in Iran’s 20 Year Vision Statement 2025” took place.
The Women’s Charter has 148 articles, several sections and chapters, and deals with all aspects of women’s lives in the personal, social, cultural, political, economic, legal and other fields.
(The author is Cultural Advisor to the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in New Delhi. Opinions are personal)