At the close of a one-day conference in Tehran on March 8th, International Women’s Day, leading Iranian women’s activists presented the government with various demands
The gathering was attended by Zahrah Rahnavard, Minoo Mortazi, Shahla Lahiji, Fatemeh Rakeie, Nooshin Ahmadi Khorasani, Mansoureh Shojaeie, Farzeneh Taheri, Nasrin Sotoodeh, Farideh Machini, Fatemeh Govarayie, Shahla Foroozanfar, Parasto Sarmadi, Marziya Azarafaz and some of the mothers of victims of the recent anti-government demonstrations. At its close the participants unanimously approved a 7-point resolution.
In her speech, Mansoureh Shojaeie of the Iranian Feminist School praised such leading Iranian women’s rights activists as Mehrangiz Karr, Shirin Ebadi, Shahla Lahiji and Simin Behbahani for their role in promoting women’s rights. She paid tribute to the Iranian women who are currently languishing in prison as a result of their human-rights activities.
The resolution included the following demands:
1- The repeal of all laws that discriminate against women
2- That the government ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women
3- The implementation of legal, social and political policies to curb the violence and harassment against women in both their living and working environments
4- The creation of equal opportunities for men and women at all political, social and managerial levels of society
5- The elimination of gender-segregation in higher education and in public places
6- That women be given the freedom to pursue their human and gender rights peacefully
7- The release of all political prisoners including women’s rights activists imprisoned for their beliefs, and the dropping all charges against them