Resistance's President-elect congratulates Iranian women on International Women's Day

In a message on the International Women's Day, beamed into Iran via satellite and broadcast by the Resistance's radio and television network, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the Iranian Resistance's President-elect, congratulated Iranian women and called on them to participate ever more extensively in the nationwide resistance and join the National Liberation Army of Iran. She said: Iranian women know very well that the only road to equality and emancipation is the overthrow of [the mullahs'] evil and inhuman dictatorship.

The Iranian Resistance's President-elect, who believes women's participation in political leadership and decision-making is "the most fundamental principle and the first cornerstone for achieving genuine equality," reviewed some of the crimes of the mullahs' regime against Iranian women and reiterated that despite what the mullahs pretend, their crimes against women has nothing to do with Islam. They are the worst enemies of this religion of mercy, emancipation and equality, she stressed.

Addressing Iranian women, Mrs. Rajavi said: I feel, body and soul, all your pains and suffering and I ask you to turn all this suffering into untiring will and effort for the overthrow of this misogynous regime.

Mrs. Rajavi added: I am confident that you will win in this battle. After the dark night which has prevailed our country today, the shining sun of Iranian women's freedom is dawning. Iranian women have never surrendered to the mullahs' woman-hating regime and resisted against it with all their might.

Mrs. Rajavi emphasized: I can clearly see that this standard, the standard of women's equality and emancipation, will guarantee democracy in tomorrow's Iran and be the proof of our honor and pride among the world's nations.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Paris
March 8, 1997

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