Iran: President Rohani speaks up for gender equality in Women’s Day speech

One day after Iran’s Supreme Leader denounced gender equality as a Western cliche, Iranian President Hassan Rohani stressed the need for gender equality in all strata of the country, adding “the fear of women’s presence and their excellence” should not be attributed to Islam and religion.

“Those who fear the presence and excellence of women and have such beliefs should not attribute these ideas to Islam, the religion or the Quran,” Rohani said.

In an echo of Ayatollah Khamenei’s concern that working outside the house can distract women from paying attention to their families, Rohani said: “A father that enters society does not forget his paternal responsibilities, nor does a mother give up her maternal responsibilities once she enters society.”

The Iranian president stressed the need for “equal opportunities, equal immunity and equal social rights” and added: “I confess that there are still plenty of shortcomings in women’s rights and gender issues in the country.”

Hassan Rohani’s speech marked Iranian Women’s Day, which is celebrated on the birthday of Fatemeh, the daughter of Muslim Prophet Mohammad.

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Women given senior positions in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province

The Iranian president has appointed two women to the position of governor in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan. Massoumeh Parandvar is now serving as the governor of Hamoon, while Homeira Rigi, with a history of leadership roles in the health and interior ministries, is now governor of Qasreqand.

The Mehr News Agency describes Parandvar as a graduate in Urban Planning with 14 years of leadership roles in the provincial governments of Sistan-Baluchistan and Northern Khorasan.

Currently, Sistan-Baluchistan is a leader in terms of women’s representation in senior executive positions.

Zahra Arbabi, the head of Hassan Rohani’s campaign headquarters in Sistan-Baluchistan, was appointed as the Deputy of Human Resource Development and Management, and Sameih Baluchzehi, with a background in natural resource engineering, became the first women to become a mayor in Sistan-Baluchistan.

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