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Iranian women deserve more freedom: Mousavi's wife

Zahra Rahnavard, wife of Iranian presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi, addresses a gathering of young women who support Mousavi, Tehran, May 20.

Press TV - Presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi's wife, who has been campaigning along his side, calls for a greater social freedom for Iranian women.

"When participating in social activities, our women must feel both secure and liberated. In other words, they must be allowed to freely choose their career, work environment, and clothing [in compliance with Islamic dress code]," Zahra Rahnavard told a gathering of young women who support Mousavi Wednesday.

"The democracy we seek is a religious democracy, which would allow young women of our time to thrive and flourish by providing them with security, freedom, and employment," added the former chancellor of Tehran's Al-Zahra University.

Rahnavard, an Arts professor at the University of Tehran, also said that with the adoption of the correct policies, discrimination could end.

Zahra Rahnavard has been actively campaigning alongside her husband

Her comments followed Tuesday remarks by Mousavi which included a promise to try to broaden women's rights by seeking changes in legislation.

The former prime minister is expected to be President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's main rival in the June 12 vote, which would be the country's tenth.

He is also the first candidate in Iranian politics to introduce a potential first lady figure into the presidential race by incorporating his wife into the campaign. Such a trend had never been practiced in the Islamic Republic before.

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