How oppressive and evil is a man who treats a flower with violence and indifference and does not appreciate her flower-life nature.
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women, Khamenei.ir publishes excerpts from Ayatollah Khamenei’s statements on the status of women:
Islam has a very clear view of the family and women’s position in the family environment. There is a narration by the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) which says, “Women are the lord at home.” The position of women in the family environment has been specified in the narrations of our infallible Imams (a.s.). “A woman is a flower and not a servant at home.” Islam tells men, “The best of you are those who treat their wives best.” These are the views of Islam, and there are many such views in Islam. However, practicing the Islamic view in the family environment is not possible through these narrations alone: it requires a legal guarantee and it is necessary to provide this guarantee. This has not been done over the past years. Faithful families and well-behaved and pious men have taken Islamic views into consideration. But in other cases, Islamic views have not been taken into consideration and women have been oppressed in the family.
Leader’s Speech to Prominent Iranian Women; May 22, 2011.