"These days Westerners have been creating hype about the sanctions against Iran but they do not understand that they themselves have vaccinated the Iranian nation against any sanctions with the bans imposed in the past 30 years,” the Leader said Wednesday, July 11.
Addressing the 1st International Conference on Women and Islamic Awakening in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei added that over the past three decades Iranians have stood up to all conspiracies and sanctions by sacrificing their lives, property, and loved ones.
"As a result [of these sacrifices] we are now 100 times stronger than we were about 30 years ago,” the Leader said.
Turning to the situation of women in Iran, the Leader stated that in an Islamic environment, women achieve scientific, personality, ethical and political growth while still remaining a woman.
Ayatollah Khamenei further said the Western approach to women is humiliating because they objectify women.
The Leader said highlighting the role of women from the viewpoint of Islam is the most important responsibility of the Muslim world’s elite women.
"The role of women in social developments, revolutions and the Islamic Awakening movement is decisive because wherever women take part in a social movement with awareness, the progress and victory of that movement is guaranteed,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.
The 1st International Conference on Women and Islamic Awakening opened in Tehran, on July 10, attended by female intellectuals and scholars from around the world.
More than 1,500 female researchers and scholars as well as political and social activists from more than 80 countries are taking part in the two-day conference which was inaugurated with an address by Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.