Summit on Imam’s Spouse Highlighted Significance of Women Role

Summit on Imam’s Spouse Highlighted Significance of Women Role

The Islamic revolution under wise leadership of Imam Khomeini raised women society and encouraged them to take an active part in all arenas of life.

The founder of the Islamic Republic blessed the women with their rights and elevated their status in the society.

The women largely contributed to scientific, academic  and social progress of the country following the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979. 

The issue of women status and rights becomes even more significant as Iran has recently held  an  international summit in honor of Imam Khomeini's late wife, Khadijah Thaqafi, known as Quds-Iran. The senior government officials were present at the ceremony. 

Imam Khomeini’s spouse has been remained an intelligent backer and aide to the founder of the Islamic Republic throughout the history of the Revolution.

Lady Khadijah belonged to a religious family of Ayatollah Thaqafi and had leaned divine knowledge and manners from her father. She had stood behind Imam like a solid rock through all stages of the Islamic Revolution.

The lady Khadija described one of the most difficult and tough times of her life when the great leader of the Islamic world Imam Khomeini passed away and departed to heavens. She stood by her children and the revolution after the Imam’s passing away.

Late Lady Khadija is known as mother of the Islamic Revolution and her sacrifices are hailed and appreciated by all the entire Iranian nation and divine people around the world.

At the inauguration ceremony of summit , Revolution ‘opened gate for social participation of women, President Hassan Rouhani said on last Sunday that the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979 prepared the ground for the great involvement of women in the country’s affairs.  Addressing a ceremony to commemorate Khadijeh Saqafi, the late wife of the founder of the Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini, Rouhani said, “The political dimension of a revolution usually overshadows its other dimensions. This is while the revolution that Imam [Khomeini] led was more of a social reform than a political one.”   Some believe that it is contradictory for women to safeguard their faith and religious sanctities and at the same time participate in the betterment of the society, Rouhani said.   However, led by Imam Khomeini, the Islamic Revolution in Iran “opened the gate for the social participation of women,” he stated. “Was in not for the late Imam, others would not have dared in those days to bring up such an issue.” “The history of the Iranian nation has always been filled by honor. However, in the decades leading to the Islamic Revolution, some tried to impose some sort of humiliation on the Iranian nation. This was Imam [Khomeini] who gave back [to Iranians] their honor and respect and brought the country freedom and admiration,” he added.    Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani said his administration would take necessary measures to alleviate the issue of unemployment among women and would do its best to help prepare the ground for women to move on the path of progress and development. “Today, the administration deems it as its duty to take the necessary measures to help women take the path of progress and development more easily so that they can be present in different scenes of the society and enjoy equal social opportunities,” Rouhani noted. The president also lauded and commemorated Khadijeh Saqafi, the late wife of Imam Khomeini, saying the late Imam accomplished such achievements thanks to the patience and prudence of his wife. 

Earlier, On the occasion of Women’s Day in Iran which was held at the Cultural and Historical Complex of Sa’adabad in Tehran, Masoumeh Ebtekar said on Sunday that education is an important factor for empowering women across the globe. 

  Among speakers commemorating Women’s Day there were also UN Resident Coordinator in Iran Gary Lewis and Director and Representative of UNESCO in Tehran Esther Kuisch Laroche. The head of Department of Environment of Iran said that Women’s Day was initially nominated by Imam Khomeini on the birthday of the Prophet Mohammad’s daughter Fatimah Zarha. Ebtekar said that although Fatimah lived 14 centuries ago, her personality extends beyond time, space, religion and race.  Fatimah is a role model for all humanity and an inspirational legend that stands for all time, Ebtekar said adding that her message is for all humans who struggle to find light in the dark allies of time in history.  The true Islam looks forward to advancement of dignity and humanity of women, Ebtekar who is also Iran’s first vice president said.  Ebtekar noted that just like other societies, Iran is facing its challenges, “We don’t have that utopian model of woman” she added. Women face a lot of obstacles in terms of the betterment of their livelihood and advancement in Iran, she added. However, she said, important steps have been taken in the area of education in Iran thanks to the efforts of Iranian women.  Currently, Iranian women have permeated at different layers in society like arts, sports, politics, and environment, the female official said.     “When women have better education, they also play a better role in protecting their environment and promoting environmental standards,” she said.  Ebtekar also touched on the lack of security, war and conflicts that have had great impacts on the livelihood of women and suggested better work atmosphere for them. 

Imam Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, established a comprehensive Islamic-democratic system following the victory of Islamic Revolution in 1979. 

Imam Khomeini established a comprehensive system based on divine and human values in contemporary history.

Imam Khomeini frequently said that Islam was fully capable of establishing progressive democratic system.

The progressive Islamic-democratic government brought prosperity and development for the nation in coming years.  

The fall of the Pahlavi regime and the victory of the people’s voices brought about many changes in the world and particularly in the Middle East.   

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