The Leader made the remarks during a meeting with hundreds of prominent Iranian women in the Imam Khomeini Hussainiyah on Wednesday.
During the meeting, he expounded on Islam’s “advanced” and “just” view toward women, especially in the fields of gender equality, laws and responsibilities, and individual, family and social roles.
Ayatollah Khamenei expressed his satisfaction with holding such “useful meetings” with women and highlighted the need to use some of the suggestions put forward by the attendees.
On the issue of women, he said, the Islamic Republic’s stance toward the self-styled human rights advocates in the West is that of demand, rather than defense, because “the modernized West and its decadent culture are really guilty in this regard and have committed a crime against women’s honor and dignity.”
Ayatollah Khamenei expressed hopes that with endeavors made by prominent Iranian women to introduce Islam to the West, the religion’s view toward women will have an impact on the general public there.
Making a reference to the verses of the Holy Quran, the Leader said equality between men and women is among the unquestionable principles of Islam. “In Islam’s moral values, there is no difference between men and women,” he stated.
He then pointed out that men and women have different, yet balanced, roles and responsibilities in Islam, saying, “Unlike the deeply patriarchal Western capitalist system, in Islam, both men and women are important in some issues and have [equal] legal, intellectual, theoretical and practical privileges.
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