UN Member States Remove Islamic Republic of Iran from Commission on the Status of Women

Today, United Nations member states recognized the bravery of the Iranian women and girls who led this revolution and stood up for women’s rights by voting to revoke the regime’s membership in its leading body for gender issues.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

This fall, a coalition of Iranian women along with Vital Voices Global Partnership and For Freedoms launched a campaign calling for the immediate removal of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) from the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) following the tragic death of Mahsa Jina Amini and subsequent protests. The following is a statement from the group in response to today’s vote by the Commission to Abolish the IRI:

Today, the United Nations and its member states heeded the call of Iranian women for the Islamic Republic of Iran to be removed from the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Earlier this year, to the dismay of women’s rights advocates around the world, the Islamic Republic began a second four-year term for the 45-member entity that serves as the preeminent global body dedicated to advancing gender equality and empowering women. women. In the final decision, 29 member states voted to remove the Islamic Republic of Iran from the Commission.

Today’s vote marks a crucial step forward as UN member states remove from the Commission a country with an appalling record on women’s rights. Every day that the Islamic Republic of Iran was a member of the Commission on the Status of Women, the body lost credibility.

As we previously stated in an open letter published in The New York Timesthe IRI’s long-standing, systematic suppression of women and the lack of tangible improvements after decades of involvement should have disqualified them from being elected to the Commission on the Status of Women.

Yesterday, Iranian women currently imprisoned in the infamous Evin Prison came out with tremendous courage by calling their names in support of this effort.

For decades, gender inequality and discrimination against women have been enshrined in law in the IRI. Under the regime’s penal code and other laws and regulations, Iranian women’s rights are severely restricted in areas of marriage, divorce, inheritance and child custody. In addition, they must abide by the mandatory headscarf laws of the IRI from the onset of puberty.

Nevertheless, the IRI was elected to the Commission on the Status of Women.

Today we commend member states for fulfilling their duty to enforce and defend values ​​that support gender equality and for standing on the right side of history by showing outrage in the face of blatant state violence.

This is a critical time for leaders in the international community to continue to vocally and unequivocally demonstrate their support for women’s rights by standing in solidarity with Iranian women and girls.

In solidarity with Iranian women and girls courageously demonstrating for their basic human rights, we condemn the brutal violence against peaceful demonstrators and violence at the hands of the regime of the Islamic Republic, including executions, targeted attacks on women’s bodies, mock trials, mass incarceration , assault, assault and torture.

To world leaders watching, we urge you to continue to meet the courage of the women leading this revolution and act within your power and influence in favor of women’s rights, fairness and equality.

To the Iranian women who continue to fight tirelessly for basic human rights on the ground, we will continue to listen to you, support you and courageously work for justice, fairness and equality for you and all women, all life and all freedom.

In solidarity,

– Coalition of Iranian women leaders alongside Vital Voices and For Freedoms
www.womenlifefreedom.today

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