|Oct 29, 2015 at 11:55 AM|
|On October 22nd Women’s Freedom Forum (an NGO credentialed by the UN Dept. Of Public Education) hosted the “Women Confronting Islamic Extremism” exhibit in the Cannon Caucus Room of the U.S. House of Representatives.
This exhibition explored and shared different stories of women and girls who are key to achieving gender equality outlined in the new UN global 2030 roadmap and the newly approved Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN.
The exhibition showcased the continued appalling state of human rights in Iran and how women and youth are standing up against the misogynist rule from January 2013 to July 2015.
Members of Congress, staffers from Congressional offices, various organizations and reporters were in attendance from 10 am until 2pm.
They brought up many questions about violence against women in Iran, misogynist laws in the constitution and public policy. Despite all this, women have taken a leading role in confronting Islamic extremism, even while being targeted by their government.
More than 2,000 citizens, including young and adolescent girls, women and dissidents, and religious minorities have been hanged in the past two years. Journalists, bloggers, social media activists have also been subjected to brutal suffering as part of a government crackdown of freedom of speech.
The exhibit addressed the mandatory veiling for girls age 6 entering elementary school, with stern penalties for so-called “mal-veiling”, as well as forced marriages for girls as young as 9 years old. It dealt unflinchingly with current crackdowns and violence against women and youth, ethnic and religious minorities.
Two very disheartening but based on true stories video clips, narrated by a girl girl about her family was presented.
Today WFF also published a 2 year report on the status of women and youth in Iran with data, photos and stories to illustrate the impact of Islamic extremism on women and girls. Among the missions of the WFF are its many efforts towards the UN’s goal of gender equality by educating, advocating, informing and empowering. We take our role as free women in a democracy very seriously to raise a clear voice for those women and girls who have been silenced and shut out in economic, social and cultural spheres of life.