Zahra Mostafavi Khomeini

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Sayyida Zahra Mostafavi Khomeini (born ~1940) is an Iranian politician, and a daughter of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran. A professor at the University of Tehran,[1] with a PhD in philosophy,[2] she is the Secretary General of Women's Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a party that advocates women's participation in politics in the Islamic Republic. She is also the secretary General of the NGO Union of Supporting the Palestinian Rights, and Head of the Society for Defending the Palestinian Nation.[1][2] She has been called Khomeini's "most prominent daughter".[3]

Views on women[edit]

Mostafavi does not support the right of Muslim women to not wear the hijab, stating that "The hijab or covering of women immunises them from abuse and protects families. If men know there is no question of anything outside the family, they will be more loyal to their wives.” She is of the view that women must be allowed to pursue an appropriate role for themselves in politics, academics and education and “like men, their talent must be allowed to flourish”.[4]

Views on Ayatollah Khomeini[edit]

Mostafavi praises her father, stating that "He wanted women to play a full part in society, not just as typists or nurses. At home, he never asked his wife, even once, 'give me a cup of tea', or 'close the door'. He did it himself!". [5]

Views on Iran-US relations[edit]

Mostafavi takes a hard line on relations with the United States, telling an audience in June 2009, “We are not interested in negotiations with the US. Obama has not made any radical change in US policies. We follow what we have to, and they do what they have to. We believe we are on the right track and victory will be ours.”[4]

2009 Presidential election[edit]

In the 2009 presidential election Mostafavi reportedly officially endorsed Mir-Hossein Mousavi.[3]

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