Maryam Rajavi was elected as President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran on October 22, 1993. Her role is not only to lead the Iranian people and their Resistance forces to certain victory over the despotic mullahs ruling Iran but also to serve as the President of Iran for the six-month transitional period between the fall of the Iranian Regime and democratic election of a National Assembly in a free and fair vote.
Maryam Rajavi is the face of a movement that opposes everything the mullahs stand for and of a future free Iran, but she is especially hated by the misogynistic mullahs because her election kicked off the Iranian Resistance’s strategic, cultural, political, and ideological campaign that will soon see the end of the clerical regime.
The mullahs hate Maryam Rajavi not just because of what she stands for, but also because she is a woman and the Regime hates women. With all of that in mind, let’s look at how Maryam Rajavi’s view that gender equality tied to democratic struggle.
In several speeches during her presidency, Maryam Rajavi has warned that religious tyranny and Islamic fundamentalism, which finds its roots in the Iranian Regime, is the greatest threat to world peace and that gender equality is part of the antidote.
In Oslo in 1994, Maryam Rajavi said: “Fundamentalism has turned into the greatest threat to peace in the region and the world.”
In London in 1996, during a speech entitled “Women, the Voice of the Oppressed”, Maryam Rajavi said: “The issue of women and the equality movement is linked to the struggle against reactionary ideology and fundamentalism. Women are not only pioneers in the equality movement, but also the main force for progress, peace and social justice.”
In 2004 at the European Parliament, Maryam Rajavi advocated against war and appeasement as methods of dealing with the Regime, suggesting that there was a third option, one that would result in the overthrow of the Regime by the Iranian people and Resistance.
Maryam Rajavi said: “I have come here today to say that there is a third option: Change brought about by the Iranian people and the Iranian Resistance. If foreign obstacles are removed, the Iranian people and their Resistance are prepared and have the power to bring about change. And this is the only way to prevent external wars. No concession is going to dissuade the mullahs from continuing their ominous objectives.”
Maryam Rajavi has also focused heavily on the real message of Islam, tolerance, and democracy, which contradicts the mullahs’ fundamentalist interpretation. She believes that the status of women is one of the most important factors in differentiating the two views. This is something she talks about in her published works are: “Tolerant Islam vs. Extremism,” “Women, the Force for Change,” and “Women against Fundamentalism.”
Maryam Rajavi has also used her presidency to introduce a ten-point Plan for a free and non-nuclear Iran and a ten-point Plan on women’s rights and freedoms.
In our next piece, we will look at the obstacles Maryam Rajavi has overcome during her presidency.