Reporting by PMOI/MEK
March 9, 2021—Iranian women and members of the Resistance Units, the internal network of the Iranian opposition organized widespread activities checkered across the country marking the International Women’s Day.
The Resistance Units hailed the decades struggle for gender equality of Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). Under the leadership of Maryam Rajavi, women have risen to hold key positions in the Iranian Resistance and occupy various political, diplomatic, social, and cultural positions in the Resistance. For years, the message of Maryam Rajavi has inspired Iranian women who live under mullahs’ repression and discrimination to fight back and stand up for their rights.
In various cities, the Resistance Units installed Maryam Rajavi’s posters with the slogans “The struggle of the Iranian women is the path to freedom,” “Iranian women are in the forefront of the struggle against fundamentalism,” and “The cry of Iranian women; Resistance at any cost, and no surrender.”
The Resistance Units organized these activities in cities such as Tehran, Shiraz, Ardabil, Rasht, Karaj, Mahshahr, Kerman, Hamadan, Urmia, and Zahedan.
Many young women also sent a various video messages in support of Maryam Rajavi and pledged to continue the Iranian women’s struggle for freedom and equality.
“Happy International Women’s Day to all brave Iranian women, especially my dear Maryam Rajavi. To achieve freedom all Iranian women must be like Maryam Rajavi. We can and we must take back our country,” said a woman from Shiraz.
In a video message from Ardebil a female member of the Resistance Units said: “Happy International Women’s Day to dear Maryam Rajavi. One day we will achieve victory.”
Another female member of the Resistance Units from Tehran said in her message: “I salute dear Maryam Rajavi, and all women must stand together and rise to overthrow the mullahs. Down with Khamenei.”
Also, from Rasht, a young woman said, “Happy March 8 to Maryam Rajavi. I want her to know that I pledge to be one of the messengers of her goals and ideals.”
The Iranian women’s struggle continues until this day, and the world witnessed in recent uprisings many women were among the leading figures of these protests. Many of them are members of the Iranian Resistance Units.
Previously, one of the regime’s documentary makers, Iman Goudarzi, acknowledged that the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) has succeeded in gaining appeal among women and girls in Iran even as the regime’s state-run media try to portray the MEK as an unpopular and dead movement.
Goudarzi said: “Unfortunately, the country’s media and writings have a wrong perspective on the MEK, and it is portraying their structure as old and outdated. We say to everybody that it is a dead movement while we are witnessing their role in protests across the country.
“Mr. Rouhani adopted a resolution in the National Security Council to forbid any activity regarding the MEK. Unfortunately, until 2009, we didn’t make any documentary about the MEK.
“Most of the members of the MEK were graduated from universities…. The MEK managed to show a new face of women to young girls… many academics and even young students and teenagers were attracted to this organization and a major part of those arrested in the 80s were 16- and 17-year-old teenagers.” (Daneshjoo news agency, August 5, 2020.)