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Fateme Hashemi: Misconception about Islam hurts religion's prestige

Kuwait, Jan 14, IRNA -- An Iranian NGO authority said here in a meeting with members of various women's organizations on Monday that misconception about Islam can seriously hurt the prestige of God's last religion.

Head of the Foundation for Special Diseases and Secretary General of the Society to Defend Women's Rights Fatemeh Hashemi, referring to the rights enjoyed by women in Islam, said, "Islam considers men and women as being created equals, and considers equal freedom for both sexes."

She then referred to the role played by women in Iranian society, arguing, "in Islamic Republic of Iran, one of the president's advisors is permanently chosen from among women, and there is an office at the Presidential Palace allocated to women's affairs exclusively."

Daughter of the former Iranian president and current head of the influential Expediency Council said, "in Iran we are witness to presence of women in all cultural, social, scientific, and educational scenes."

Hashemi added, "after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, certain laws were passed in Iran in favor of working women, such as the one that permits them to work half time, or the opening of kindegartens next to many government buildings, so that the employed mothers would easily have access to their new born, or infant babies, and work with less tension."

After her address, Hashemi told IRNA that the main purpose behind her trip to Kuwait was close encounter with Kuwaiti women and getting better acquainted with each others' shared problems and ways of living.

Fateme Hashemi was invited to this trip by Emir of Kuwait's sister, Imtithal al-Ahmad.

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