President Hassan Rouhani speaking in a conference on the occasion of women’s day in Iran said on Sunday morning "As a jurist and the head of the country’s executive body, I have to admit that there is much shortcoming regarding women’s rights and gender discrimination.”
"We do not see women and men against each other, but by each other. They both have human status and dignity. Neither is above the other. Neither is the lower one. They are the same being,” Rouhani stated.
Pointing to the significance of women in the Islamic Iran’s history he said "In the history of Iran where since centuries ago women have risen to realize their rights, they have spoken and acted and traveled the path to sublimation.”
The president then asserted "Those who are afraid of women’s freedom in the legitimate Islamic terms and who are afraid of women’s rights and sublimation or who have other ideas, please, do not name such a faulty criticism after Islam or the Quran.”
He further added "We will stand neither the culture of harshness nor cultural harshness, neither the culture of discrimination nor cultural discrimination, neither the culture of extreme nor cultural extremism for society, no less for women.”
Rouhani concluded that the government will be faithful in its word where it promised women a more prominent social role.
Women’s day in Iran is the anniversary of the birth of Fatima, Prophet Muhammad’s daughter and sole heir.