In this meeting Zahra Rahnavard while thanking this group by referring to the way the tenth presidential election was held and as a result the unrecoverable damage that was made to the integrity and dignity of the rule of law, democracy and freedom of the nation, said that the resistance of the nation in Green Movement is the representative of their fight for these violated rights and the great insult they suffered.
Rahnavard in response to a question of one of the attendees about the situation of women in society and the discrimination they face said: “It was not supposed to have these discrimination against the women… unfortunately as time passed and gradually women’s rights have been ignored.”
She emphasized: “In the recent years this trend has intensified. Meaning from the ninth and tenth presidential elections (when Ahmadinejad came to power) to this date the reactionary, superstitious and repressive attitude toward women has peaked such that we see that in the past year the repression of women due to the fact that they were on the front line of the Green Movement has been unprecedented.”
Zahra Rahnavard called the end of discrimination against women beside freedom, democracy, independence and seeing the rule of law one of the slogans and goals of the women, which unfortunately instead of responding to these natural demands [the ruling powers] have turned the country to a great prison and women in this great prison are facing character assassinations, torture, insults and pressure to make false confession.
Zahra Rahnavard by recalling the presidential debate between Mousavi and Ahmadinejad in which Ahmadinejad insulted Rahnavard and in a threatening tone tried to indicate that her education was not valid, said: “We could even see the repressive and discriminatory attitude toward women in that very same debate, such that Mr. Ahmadinejad tried to question my scientific prestige and research credit, but this move became was ridiculed by the people and the so called threatening phrases that were used in that debate became jokes among the people for some time.”
At the end Zahra Rahnavard emphasized: “The demands of women have two sides, and both of these sides must be noted.
One side is to achieve freedom, democracy and the ruling of law and to eliminate the government’s infringing on personal aspect of lives; the other side is the elimination of discrimination and achieving the legal goals of women, which should also be met, because freedom cannot be achieved without the participation of women who are half of the population.
Therefore, we announce to all oppressors of this era that we, the women, will resist until our demands are fulfilled.”