#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

Bolton calls Iran nuclear deal ‘fundamentally flawed’

John Bolton, former United Nations Ambassador,  stated that President Obama is negotiating “an unprecedented act of surrender” with Iran, as reported by the The Hill. “This deal is fundamentally flawed … There really is no deal I’d trust Iran with. It is a regime determined to have nuclear weapons and this deal will give it to them,” Bolton condemned.

In exchange for removing economic sanctions, the Obama administration hopes Iran will slow nuclear armaments research.  The Obama administration has received aid from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia in efforts to bargain with Iran.

But an open letter sent by the Republicans to Iran’s leadership, revealed  this week ignited controversy.  The letter signed by 47 GOP senators stated:

“What these two constitutional provisions mean is that we will consider any agreement regarding your nuclear-weapons program that is not approved by the Congress as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei.  The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.”

The letter affirmed that Congress can void any deal it finds unsatisfying and was signed by 47 GOP senators.  According to The Hill, President Obama was “embarrassed” for the message’s signers.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) criticized the Ayatollah’s regime Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,”:

“They’ve been killing Americans for 35 years, they’ve killed hundreds of troops in Iran, now they control five capitols in the Middle East … They are nothing but hard-liners in Iran, and if they do all of those things without a nuclear weapon, imagine what they would do with one.

As Rudy Giuliani stated in his speech at the International Women’s Day Conference in Berlin this month, “Obama’s negotiations with Iran are ‘extremely reckless’.  The Obama administration is racing to meet their self-imposed deadline of March 24.

GOP Letter to Iranian Leadership:

GOP letter to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Giuliani: Obama’s negotiations with Iran ‘extremely reckless’

Rudy Giuliani

During Rudy Giuliani’s speech at the International Women’s Day conference in Berlin, the former New York City Mayor described President Barack Obama’s “pushing of negotiations with Iran as extremely reckless,” adding those who believe what Hassan Rouhani says about intended use of nuclear capability  is “stupid.”

Several of the global leaders who spoke at Saturday’s conference, including Giuliani, criticized Western governments, particularly the U.S. for the lack of action taken against the Iranian regime and their growing violations of human rights in Iran.

President-elect Maryam Rajavi addressed the solution to defeating fundamentalism, explaining concern over the West for not “seriously confronting” fundamentalism:

The international community cannot defeat fundamentalism, unless and until it targets the epicenter of fundamentalism, namely the mullahs’ regime in Iran.  Western policy of appeasement is at fault because the West has not only failed to seriously confront fundamentalism, but has chosen the path of conciliation with its state sponsor, the regime Iran, and partnered with it in clamping down on the alternative to fundamentalism.

Watch videos of Maryam Rajavi’s International Women’s Day speech in Berlin on the Maryam Rajavi YouTube channel.

International Women's Day

Maryam Rajavi Speaks at International Women’s Day 2015 in Berlin

President-elect of the NCRI, Maryam Rajavi speaks at the International Women’s Day conference in Berlin on March 7, 2015.

Watch Maryam Rajavi’s and other global leaders share their support for International Women’s Day live:

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