Some sobering thoughts
Roya Johnson : Vice President, US Alliance for Democratic Iran and former political prisoner of the Iranian regime
“My observations during years of incarceration as a female political prisoner in Iran proved beyond any doubt that nothing frightens the mullahs more than a woman who has risen against them; more so if she was a Muslim woman whose defiance exposed her oppressors hiding behind religious pretexts to justify their misogyny. The mullahs’ number one enemies are independent, articulate, political, Iranian women who not only challenge the regime politically and socially but also ideologically. “
Current Status of women
No other government in the world has executed as many women as Iranian regime since the 1979 anti-Shah revolution. A common method of punishing women in public is by stoning them to death. At least 14 women have been sentenced to stoning or were stoned to death since 1997 when Iran’s President Mohammad Khatami came to office. Iran has had the highest number of female prisoners in the world.
Women do not fare any better in the social affairs. The World Health Organization considers Iran as the third country in the rank of women death by suicide. Women make up about 75% of the victims of suicide in Iran, 81% of who are between the ages of 15 to 31 yeas old. According to the official police report, the State Security Forces arrest 50 runaway girls every day in Tehran. Currently there are more than several thousands runaway girls missing in Tehran, according to the report.
Confronting the Challenge
Iranian women resist the regime daily by pushing the mullah’ draconian dress code to its limit, by raising their voice in the divorce courts, by writing articles and books inside and outside of Iran, by holding conferences and events to expose the misogyny of the Iranian regime and by joining organized resistance groups participating in the growing movement against the Iranian regime. Iranian women are fed up with the status quo in Iran and are taking matters to their own hands.
Despite much talks and debate, the international community has not yet adequately absorbed the plight of Iranian women. Iranian women are determined to play an active and leading role in the democracy movement aiming to unseat the ruling theocratic tyranny. Nothing can prevent women’s growing participation, not even the mullahs’ misogynistic barbarism.
There is nothing that I can add to Ms Johnson’s words. They speak multitudes by themselves.