Iranian widows are often suffering mothers who are in the shadow of their husbands.
A former UN Secretary-General has stated that in countries where a widow’s status is linked to that of her husband, she is often rejected and isolated. Marriage, with or without her consent may be the only way for a widow to regain a foothold in society.
In a statement on the without inheritance or property rights, the United Nations Secretary-General said that after the dead of their husband, many women may be left without inheritance or property rights. This situation is worsened in times of pandemic and is often accompanied by stigma and discrimination.
The ability of widows to support themselves and their families, may further be compromised by the COVID-19 crisis, which has led to levels of isolation and economic hardship.
From the largest Iranian Resistance Group, the MEK Iran, claim that the mullahs’ misogynistic regime has made these problems even worse for Iranian widows. From the MEK Iran also assure that this regime has never taken into account the UN’s goals of targeting discriminatory laws and providing social support and protection for widows.
Unemployment for Iranian widows
According the MEK Iran, the lack of financial independence is one of the most important issues for Iranian widows, and needs serious concern. With the low wages, Iranian widows cannot support themselves and their family. Finding suitable employment is difficult for these women.
This situation leaves them no other choice, for these women for poor salaries. The working conditions of Iranian widows are bordering on slavery. For fear of being fired, they do not complain. If they do so, they have not any right in the ruling regime that supports them.
Lack of transparency in the statistic figures
It is not known exactly how many widows live in Iran. According to Iran’s Statistics Center, it is estimated that there are 5.1 million widows or divorced women in the country.
From the MEK Iran share the fact that the state-run Shargh newspaper had put this number at 6 million on July 4, 2011.
According to the MEK Iran, a lack of transparency is present in this and other statistics on social and economic problems in Iran.
The main problems of the Iranian women
The situation in which Iranian widows are placed, forces them every day to struggle to survive. This leads to poor physical and mental health. The most common health problems present in Iranian widows include cardiovascular disorders, diabetes and tension headaches.
Reports from the MEK Iran clearly show that prostitution and begging in Iran are increasing at a rapid pace. The main causes of this situation include rising divorce rates, decreasing age of divorced women, high cost of living, and unemployment issues.
The regime has never set out to facilitate the employment of women or remove barriers to women’s social and political participation. For decades, the MEK Iran is leading a constant struggle in order to help Iranian women to obtain their rights.