Jamileh Alamolhoda, the wife of President Ebrahim Raisi during an interview with Venezuela’s teleSUR TV on June 13, 2023

Iran's First Lady Brands Women Working, Studying As Violence

Thursday, 06/15/2023

The wife of President Ebrahim Raisi says it is an example of violence when women study and work like men.

In an interview with Venezuelan state TV, Jamileh Alamolhoda claimed that governments abuse women sexually or at the workplace in the name of freedom.

Alamolhoda, who is accompanying President Ebrahim Raisi on a tour of Latin America, made the remarks on Venezuela’s teleSUR TV as the first lady of Iran Tuesday night.

She claimed that women's rights organizations mostly focus on domestic violence while “the organized violence outside the family is much more important”.

"We want women to remain women. Why should we be like men? Why should we study, work or live like men? This is a form of violence," she said.

In response to a question about the state murder of Mahsa Amini, she alleged the world's attention to the death of the 22-year-old girl was a “fake media hype".

Iranian security forces have killed over 500 civilians, injured thousands and arrested 22,000 since September when anti-government protests began. One of the main slogans of the demonstrators was “Death to the Dictator (Khamenei)”.

"Unfortunately, by calling (Ali Khamenei) a dictator, they used a fake victory to disrespect our spiritual father and the leader of our revolution," the first lady claimed.

"He [Khamenei] has shown kindness and love to everyone, but the media called him a dictator."

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