#PledgeforParity: Conference for women’s right solidarity held in Paris

Maryam Rajavi at the Pledge for Parity

(Image Source: NCRI Women’s Committee)

In observance of International Women’s Day, prominent leaders and women’s rights activists met for a conference on Saturday, February 27 to advocate for better social and political treatment for women in Iran and across the world.

While the Iranian regime has been enjoying the spoils of their recent economic deals, the political and cultural landscape for Iranian women is still incredibly poor. The Pledge for Parity conference, led by Maryam Rajavi, sought to bring awareness to the women past and present in Iran that suffer from misogyny, abuse, and dismal political representation. The conference featured speeches from prominent thought leaders like former White House Director of the Office of Public Liaison Linda Chavez, journalist Diana Culi, Spanish politician Beatriz Becerra, and former French Minister of Human Rights Rama Yade.

In her address, Maryam Rajavi stressed that anything that promotes compulsion, denies people’s free choice, and denies women’s equal rights is not truly Islam, but in fact against Islam. “We will not tolerate violation of women’s rights in the guise of religion or any other pretext,” Rajavi stated. Rajavi pledged to support gender equality for Iranian women and reiterated her position against Iran’s draconian laws in her address: “No to compulsory veil, no to compulsory religion, and no to compulsory government.”

Rajavi also spoke of the recent Iran elections, and reiterated that Iran’s very selective election did not truly represent the Iranian people. She stressed that as the regime continues fights its challengers internally, the Iranian people grow restless for political representation. Rajavi argues that the Iranian regime’s attempt to strong-arm their power through suppression of democracy is inadvertently setting up an incredibly unstable Iran. She urged the young people of Iran to “expand their struggle,” and continue to advocate for a true democracy.

Other esteemed speakers took to the podium to advocate for women’s rights in Iran. Linda Chavez stated that the results of the Iranian election did not matter – regardless of the outcome, the situation for women in Iran will not change unless the regime changes. Beatriz Basterrechea described the violations against women in Iran as simply a crime, and believed that it’s completely unacceptable in 2016 for Iran to deny women their civil and individual rights.

Many speakers shared their support for a resolution against gender disparity. In a video interview, British politician Baroness Betty Boothroyd supported Maryam Rajavi’s 10-Point Plan for Women’s Rights in Tomorrow’s Iran, which calls for the abolition of the death penalty, the abolition of mandatory veil, and abolition of sexual exploitation of women. Colombian politician and presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt stated that gender parity is essential of any government regardless of the differences in cultural backgrounds. “Parity is the cornerstone of all freedom, democracy and human rights,” she confirmed.

“We need Mrs. Rajavi to succeed,” Betancourt declared.

The event also included music from the Albanian Orchestra and featured performances by Aida and Gisoo Shakeri. Highlights from the event and a full list of speakers can be found here: http://www.ncr-iran.org/en/ncri-statements/president-elect/19951-iran-maryam-rajavi-addresses-at-paris-conference-on-the-eve-of-international-women-s-day-2016

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Activists advocate for better human rights for Iranian women for #InternationalWomensDay2016

Last week, prominent women’s rights advocates from the United Kingdom voiced their concerns for the lack of gender equality and civil protections for women in Iran in an online conference hosted by the NCRI. The advocates condemned the Iranian regime’s poor treatment of women, and called on the UK and the international community to speak up against these injustices.

The online conference, moderated by Ms. Dowlat Nowrouzi, featured three prominent women’s rights advocates: Ms. Linda Lee, former President of the Law Society of England & Wales, Lady Val Corbett, prominent women’s rights activist, and Ms. Margaret Owen OBE, the director of Widows for Peace through Democracy. The advocates discussed Iran’s dismal treatment of women, pointing out the lack of safety women are afforded by the Iranian government and the denial of basic human rights.

“The terrible violence against women and youths in Iran is sickening,” remarked Margaret Owen, adding, “This regime executes juveniles and forces girls at the age of nine into marrying older men. At least 73 juveniles have been executed during the last decade, and according to Amnesty International, 160 are now on death row. Iran has signed up to the conventions on children rights but they do not care.”

The advocates praised Iranian women who object the Iranian regime’s misogyny, and noted the huge potential women have to change Iran, expressing their admiration in particular for Maryam Rajavi and the Iranian Resistance for leading the charge for women’s rights. “The change will come for women,” stated Linda Lee.  Lee urged young women to become more active, and requested that they get involved on social media and “stand with their sisters.”

The conference was broadcast live on the NCRI Foreign Affairs Committee last Friday. Read the full story here: http://www.ncr-iran.org/en/news/women/19918-activists-speak-up-for-women-s-rights-in-iran

Human Rights Day December 10

December 7: Conference to commemorate #HumanRightsDay

Tomorrow at 14:30 local Paris time / 8:00 AM EST,  there will be a meeting held at the National Council of Resistance of Iran headquarters in Paris.  The meeting will be held in commemoration of the International Human Rights Day.
Senator Joe Lieberman is one of the speakers at the conference. There is an exhibition of the images related to the violation of human rights in Iran that will be displayed at the venue.

The event will be streamed live on www.ncr-iran.org.  You can follow live updates from the event on Twitter: @iran_policy.

December 2: Live Conference on Tehran’s Effort to Deceive IAEA

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
11:00 AM (EST), 17:00 (ECT)
Watch live at: www.ncr-iran.org/en

Send questions via Twitter to @Iran_policy use #iranfreedom

National Council of Resistance of Iran - Live Conference

“In an online conference on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, Alireza Jafarzadeh, Deputy Director of the U.S. Representative Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, will reveal the composition and modus operandi of the secret committee that was set up in Tehran to deceive IAEA on its probe of the possible military dimensions (PMD) of the Iranian regime’s nuclear program. The revelation will be based on reports from various entities and institutions within the clerical regime.”

World Day Against the Death Penalty

A large gathering marking the 13th annual “World Day Against the Death Penalty” will take place this weekend.

Details:

The gathering will be held on October 10th at 14:30 local Paris time.

A panel of distinguished speakers will give their account on the situation of human rights in Iran during Rouhani’s tenure, including:

  • Rama Yade, Former Secretary of State for Human Rights of France
  • Gilbert Miterand the president of France Liberte foundation
  • Dr. Alejo Vidal Quadras, former VP of the European Parliament
  • Two special guests
How to participate:

The conference will be broadcasted live on Ncr-Iran.org.
Follow @4FreedomIran and @Iran_policy on Twitter for live updates from the event.

Empower Iran’s Dissidents

President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Maryam Rajavi, emphasizes the importance of focusing on the human rights situation in Iran.

According to the New York Daily News article, “Now empower Iran’s dissidents”, Maryam explains that the back and forth between supporters and opponents of the Iran nuclear deal have caused there to be more focus on the execution, imprisonments, intimidations, and repression of the Iranian people by current leaders. She explains that by denying people their human rights, the regime will continue to hold its illegitimate power in Iran.

“That is why in the eyes of the Iranian people, the Iranian resistance’s exposure of the regime’s clandestine nuclear program, was such a watershed moment. It struck a blow for the forces of human rights and freedom at home as well as peace and stability in the region”, says Rajavi.

Since the beginning of Hassan Rouhani’s presidency, over 2,000 people have been assassinated. “Teachers, students, workers, Sunnis, converts to Christianity, bloggers, journalists, and many others” are part of the crackdown on citizens and women are harassed regularly. Amnesty International stated that “Iranian authorities have retained an iron grip over academic establishments.”

“My message to the United States and the West is that the long-term solution to the Iranian threat lies neither in foreign military intervention nor in collaboration with a regime that is so oppressive at home and so destabilizing abroad.”

OIAC 2015 New York RALLY

No to a nuclear Iran

Yes to a regime change by Iranians

Iranian-Americans and friends will gather in New York City to rally against the Iranian officials at the United Nations. In the past, the rally has included bi-partisan policy makers such as Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Gov. Bill Richardson, Amb. John Bolton, Gov. Howard Dean, Kerry Kennedy, Speaker Newt Gingrich, Gov. Tom Ridge, and others.

Monday September 28th, 2015 at 10:30 AM

Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, UN. 

RSVP: NewYorkRally@oiac.org

Speakers

Bill Richardson

Former U.S. Ambassador in UN and Governor of New Mexico

Tom Ridge

Former Secretary of Homeland Security and Governor of Pennsylvania