President Ahmadinejad of Iran is firing back against a scandalous attempt by his opponent, Mir Hossein Mousavi to win the upcoming presidential election– the use of his wife to help campaign! Mousavi is campaigning with his wife beside him in a daring effort to turn the election in his favor. It is unheard of in Iranian elections for a wife to actively participate in the campagin. His wife, Zahra Rahnavard is a painter and former university chancellor who tells it like it is: “Why are there no women presidential candidates or cabinet ministers?” she asked the male group which controls the nation. “Getting rid of discrimination and demanding equal rights is the No. 1 priority for women in Iran.” Her husband is denouncing Ahmadinejad’s inept leadership which is best typified by his claim Ms. Rahnavard used bogus academic qualifications to become a university administrator.
Ms. Rahhavard wears a veil but believes women should have more freedom to wear veils of different colors. She also agrees with her husband in the need to end “morality patrols” which harass young women for not wearing the veil correctly or the nature of their dress. “UP the veil” may well be the new slogan in Iran.