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Iranian Theocratic Regime’s Gender Separation Plan in the Universities

Arman

“Modesty and Veil”, “Morality Security”, etc., are some of the repressive measures and plans often used by the theocratic regime in Iran during the past three decades.  Such plans often involve security personnel or paid female agents, members of the Basichi women motivated by money only, to stop and question, harass and detain women in the streets because of their clothing.

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“Modesty and Veil”, “Morality Security”, etc., are some of the repressive measures and plans often used by the theocratic regime in Iran during the past three decades.  Such plans often involve security personnel or paid female agents, members of the Basichi women motivated by money only, to stop and question, harass and detain women in the streets because of their clothing.  However, the use of such measures becomes more frequent when the regime feels threatened by the Iranian popular movement or women’s movement in particular.  In 1987 another such repressive plan known as the “Gender Separation Plan” was hatched in the “Cultural Revolution’s Grand Council”. 

During the last 24 years, discussions about implementation of this plan at the universities have often been used as a repressive measure against the student movement, and women particularly.   However, lack of implementation means and also fierce opposition from student and women movements have denied satisfaction to the reactionary ruling circles. 

At the start of the current academic year, almost nine months ago, Kamran Daneshjo, Ahmadinejad’s Minister of Sciences initiated a new round of conversation regarding implementation of the Gender Separation Plan.  During the last two months several university presidents, hand-picked by Mr. Daneshjo and his cronies, have already announced their intentions for implementation of the Plan at the start of the coming academic year.  Last week, through a letter to the public media and quite unexpectedly even by his own Minister of Sciences, Mr. Ahmadinejad displayed his opposition to the Gender Separation Plan. 

In his letter, Mr. Ahmadinejad directed his Ministers of Sciences, Research and Technology, Health Care and Medical Sciences to prevent “implementation of superficial and irrational measures in some universities in formation of separate-gender classes and fields of study.”  This is another one of Mr. Ahmadinejad’s deceitful attempts to garner some popular support in his fight with supporters of the Supreme Leader in the upcoming parliamentary elections.  It is an attempt for acquiring a larger portion of the seats in the Iranian parliament; and consequently, a larger share of the political power and national wealth. 

However, during the last two weeks several religious leaders have supported the Gender Separation Plan and demonstrated their opposition to Mr. Ahmadinejad.  Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda from Mashhad and Ayatollah Seyad Mohammad Alavy Gorgany, an instructor at the “Religious Learning Center of Gomm”, are two such major religious figures.  Ayatollah Alamolhoda has indicated, “People expect that the government implement the Gender Separation Plan in the universities.”  

On Tuesday July 12th, Ayatollah Gorgany indicated, “Young girls and boys can not study next to one-another.”   Ayatollah Gorgany claimed that Germany is trying to implement “Gender Separation” in its universities and added, “It is a pity that Germany is working for implementation of the separation and we fall behind.”  

July 2011

Arman

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