Wednesday, April 06, 2005


Picture 016-2

Picture 016-2
Originally uploaded by roya parsay.



Thursday, March 17, 2005



Originally uploaded by roya parsay.
I fyou want a copy of this book contact me AT ROYAPARSAY@MSN.COM

Tuesday, March 15, 2005


Burn mandatory Hijab

Originally uploaded by roya parsay.
Burn the scarf and Hijab on 4shanbe souri

Monday, March 14, 2005


Answering to improvements for Iranian women In Shah times.

Q - From KianB : I know your aunt was working very hard to improve the situation of Iranian women and children on a legislative level both in parliament and the government. Shah and the rest of his cabinet were also busy building a very strong road for development of Iran as one of the best countries in the region. The immediate results were easily seen in late 60’s and 70’s where Iran was modernized. That, in its turn, led to the revolt by youth in 1979. Shah was remembered as a ‘dictator’ and his economical, political and social plans were in ruin.

How do you think the situation of Iranians in general and particularly Iranian women was improved in that time and how much did that take? What were the most significant improvements for Iranian women? And on which points we still needed to work?

A - When you work for advancement of women it does not matter what country or under what regime you do that. Of course it matters if there is a Queen Farah there who encourages this or Princess Ashraf helping women, as opposed to a regime like Khamaneis who is having mandatory hijab and encouraging women to stay in the kitchen and say that women can only go to heaven thru their husbands!

I hear mixed stuff about Princess Ashraf but would like to think she was for advancement of women, rather than the opposite. I also should mention that from Queen Farah I always heard movements for women and nothing of the opposite.
In fact there was a project called Yakhchiabad project and heard that Queen’s mother would visit it ,thou Dr.Parsay was running this project and it was for 5000 students and for the first time the idea of co-ed was introduced there..

Also, Dr. Parsay had another project that I really liked and that was to build thousands of new schools and encouraged the public to dedicate a school for each section of different towns. I remember my grand pa dedicated one school on the road to sea side,(North of Iran) and it was one room and a blackboard and chairs. If anybody remembers the name of that school email me as the least to do to keep her good works alive.

I walked in there proudly couple of times, could it be Foomeh? Not sure.At any rate for improvement of women’s situation she put so many women at work in education department, thou some had to reject it due to their husband’s place of work and location. She created a lot of opportunities for women. What hurt her was the free nutrition program that she had and was introduced for the first time and in there she had to have contracts with here and there, and those companies started to steal money for more benefit. It was a corrupted system specially in Bazar and that hurt Shah’s reputation too.

But in the end as a woman in those times coming forward and work in an atmosphere of all men needed courage which my aunt had. Also Khomeinei from the first moment that she was appointed, made a vow to execute her ,since Khomeini never wanted to have strong women around him and that is where his philosophy of mandatory hijab come from.

As for how the situaion of Iranian women improved, you can see that number of women in Majilis increased, the barrier for appointing a woman for sensitive jobs were broken . All in all the outlook for women and her capability in holding a high position job in Iran was improved by appointing Dr. Parsay, a woman, a physician, a teacher and a mother to that job. She stood strong to the end, as her hand written last will hours before her execution shows, in her last moments whe was strong with no shaking of hands or loosing concentration. I will post her will later.

We need more women like Dr. Parsay and her mother Mrs. Fakhr Afagh Parsay to be taken as role model to make a better world for women and men all over the world.

Friday, March 11, 2005


Answering for International Women's day..

Q - From KianB: So what happened for you in International Women's day?

In Iran, according to this news, the women gathered in Tehran's Laleh Park and were later arrested by anti-riot police.

Of course there was no mention of Parsay Family. I hope one day your book get published so new generation know more about their past.

A - Hello. Your question touches a sore spot!

It is a pity that this silence is over these 2 pioneer women.

While a lot of foreign women are mentioned and appraised by Iranian TVs and also some Iranian women ,who either voted for Khatami or are writng books about men, rather than women , are being mentioned and interviewed, one notices that a struggle starting from around 1920 by Fakhr Afagh Parsay is still having a long way to go to bring the awareness of men and women to a higher level to at least know who's struggles whould be mentioned,followed and give them bravery to fight against the suppression of women .

Like fighting against forced hijab on a day called International Women's day. Sorry to say I approached a radio requesting an interview to emphasis my grand mother's struggle for requesting no hijab for women and equal rights for women and was refused! At the same day I saw women like Mrs. Farnoodi who voted for Khatami who is anti-woman,pro-hijab,pro-stonning women was interviewed or those women who write books about men like Mrs. Sarshar writing about shaboon Jafari is being respected more than those who really deserve to be mentioned on this day.

Their story (Parsays) has to be told and retold, until people's awareness and braveness level is raised by making them a model. Encouragment of the issue is our duty.Wishing a brighter future for women of the world and wishing the Iranian women freeedom specially from forced Hijab.




Q - International Women's day

Q - From KianB: So what happened for you in International Women's day?

In Iran, according to this news, the women gathered in Tehran's Laleh Park and were later arrested by anti-riot police.

Of course there was no mention of Parsay Family. I hope one day your book get published so new generation know more about their past.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005


8 March: Happy Women's Day!

Parsay-Family, originally uploaded by kianb

From Mrs. Parsay's blog

Sunday, March 06, 2005


Answering question 2!

Q - From KianB: I am somehow one of the kids who was growing under your aunt'policies when I was in kindergarten and primary school in the 70's. Too young to remember everything, now after looking 30 years back, I realize how intelligent and self-giving they were working to develop a prosperous future for next Iranian generations. That is of course something I am proud of. But there are a lot of leftists and Islamists propaganda to demonize Shah and his people as a justification for 1979 revolution. Please tell us a bit how you grew up and what was the sphere in that time to grow up in a country with an optimistic future? And how Iranians react to the fact that revolution destroyed our future?

A- I do want to answer this question for the sake of the younger generation or somehow older ones like you who asked this question. You see we were in a state of transition from old ways to new ways. We did not know how good we have it since we did not see the neighboring countries and TV would not show them realistically. TV would not even show Iran realistically.
What was hidden from us for example was Khomeini himself. I was seeing a lot of growth economically, advancement, but people were not growing with it. I learned about politics after revolution, at that time I was just watching what happens to us. I was a pure ignorant about politics.

I would see my aunt as Secretary of Education to go to work every day at 6 am and come back home with a pile of files to continue to work at night. I also would see my father appraising Mossadegh and I loved both of them I mean both Shah and Mossadegh and also both my aunt and my father. I could see my father and my aunt loving each other at the same time as discussing issues with each other, in fact my father was not physically and emotionally able to leave his house for 5 days when he heard my aunt was executed by firing squad.

But I could not have a discussion with a leftist(chap) or any other political person in public or didn't know any in private cause it was not allowed or talked about.
But the society was living in peace, harmony and struggling too. Nothing compared to what is going on now, we were a proud nation then and we are a shameful nation now.
We are ashamed of how our religion is portrayed to the world by this regime in Iran, these terrorist people in power ,beliefs, customs and the way the government is running in Iran. We are back to dark ages. We don’t want to be associated with them and ask that this regime be eliminated totally.

We want the old days back . When we did not have to wear a veil by force or when we proudly had a woman in the cabinet. Dr.Parsay was a pioneer and I want her way to be continued.

Now this was my answer to this question. I invite all to answer this question as comment anonymous and tell us how they felt during those times. Thanks.

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