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Iran’s Supreme Leader: ‘Gender Equality’ Is A ‘Zionist Plot’

An Iranian woman walks past a giant poster showing supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) and the founder of Iran's Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (L) during a ceremony marking the 36th anniversary of his return from exile on February 1, 2015 at Khomeini's mausoleum in a suburb of Tehran. (Photo credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)An Iranian woman walks past a giant poster showing supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) and the founder of Iran's Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (L) during a ceremony marking the 36th anniversary of his return from exile on February 1, 2015 at Khomeini's mausoleum in a suburb of Tehran. Khomeini returned from exile in 1979, the trigger for a revolution which spawned an Islamic state now engulfed in a deep political crisis. AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

In a statement made on Sunday, Iran’s National Women’s and Mother’s Day, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei explained the dangers associated with “gender equality.”

According to Khamenei, the idea of elevating women outside of the household is part of a “zionist plot” aimed at undermining Islamic society.

An Iranian woman walks past a giant poster showing supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the founder of Iran's Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (Getty Images)
An Iranian woman walks past a giant poster showing supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the founder of Iran’s Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (Getty Images)

“These aberrant and neglectful people humiliate the role of a housewife while a housewife is actually in charge of raising and educating the most valuable product, which is a human being,” Khamenei explained. “Unfortunately, sometimes inside the country and in some Islamic environments, tasks and expectations are ascribed to women that in fact collapse and humiliate their roles.”

“Despite sharing similar goals like rising to spiritual positions, leadership and the ability to guide human beings, men and women are different when it comes to responsibilities in management of life,” he added.

Khamenei even went so far as claiming that “Western scholars and those who pursue issues like gender equality all regret their actions for the corruption they caused.”

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