UN Commission on the Status of Women includes Islamic Republic of Iran to its Commission. Angers Iranian feminist’s organizations

NEW YORK / TEHRAN – Iranian feminist’s organizations in Europe have issued a joint statement condemning the decision by the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) to include Islamic Republic of Iran in it Commission. Three Iranian feminist’s organizations in Europe issued a statement on Friday condemning the decision, calling it an insult to Iranian women. The Iranian Women’s Association in France, the Iranian Women’s Association of Sweden, and the Association of Iranian Democratic Women in Italy, said in their statement that they regard the election of the extremely misogynic Iranian regime as a member of the CSW Commission an insult to all Iranian women who have been the main victims of the regime over the past 4 decades. The associations invited all governments, institutions and associations to condemn the decision.

The statement quoted a report issued by Jawad Rahman, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Islamic Republic of Iran, who said that he was very concerned about continued discrimination against women in Iran. It is regrettable that the Iranian Government had not accepted recommendations to ratify the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women. The report noted that anti-women values dominate many aspects of family life in Iran.

Women in Iranian law are ranked below men and are required to wear headscarves in public places and have to undergo other strict restrictions. According to its website, the UN Commission on the Status of Women, established in 1946, is “the principal intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality .”

Among the other newly elects for a 4-year term to the 45-member Commission were Egypt and Tunisia.

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