Mar 08, 2013 at 08:12 PM

Release of 2012 Annual Report on the Status of Women and Youth in Iran

March 6th, 2013

on the occasion of International Women’s Day

Capitol Visitor Center – Congressional Meeting Room North

WFF annual 2012 report is based on the simple truth at the heart of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – which all people are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Respect for human rights is not a western construct; it is the foundation for peace and stability everywhere. Universal human rights include the right of citizens to assemble peacefully and to seek to reform or change the medieval laws in Iran.  Link of 2012 Annual Report

A 14 minute video presentation documenting the historic roles of women in a century long struggle for democracy and human rights was shown. The video delineates WFF exhibitions on the role of women in the 4 major historical turning points in Iran. The most recent example was the 2009 June uprising, where the world witnessed the youth and women rise for their freedom. Link of video 

         

Lynn Dykstra shared her experience at the 57th session of Commission on the Status of Women in New York and explained the work of CSW57 in bring together 6,000 women and men working to eliminate violence against women this year.  Link of speech

Professor Donna Hughes in her speech, emphasized on how “Women’s leadership of political movements with a dedication to women’s equality is something we must recognize as a very important strategy” Link of speech

Description of the photo exhibition from left to right: Sculpture of women being stoned to death, sculpture of women being hanged in Iran, and the message of change: Women’s leadership worldwide is breakthrough for democracy.

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