This week, in a speech marking Women’s Day, Iranian President Hassan Rowhani has made international headlines by condemning any form of sexual discrimination and advocating for equal opportunities and rights for women.
The reality on the ground
While President Rowhani has rhetorically urged for gender equality and the promotion of women’s rights, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stated in comments this week that gender equality is ‘one of the biggest mistakes of the Western thought.’Majid Rafizadeh
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani smiles during a session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Jan. 23, 2014. (Reuters)
The real factors
Women stand in line to vote during the Iranian presidential election at a mosque in Qom, 120 km (74.6 miles) south of Tehran June 14, 2013. (Reuters)