In collaboration with concerned women and men worldwide, Mission Free Iran is leading an international effort to rebuke the United Nations for the reprehensible act of including the Islamic Republic of Iran on the UN Commission on the Status of Women. We rebuke the governments that condoned this unacceptable act and find them equally guilty, and we demand the immediate removal of the Islamic Republic of Iran from the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
Facing down the world’s most repressive and violently anti-woman regime, Iranian women have struggled for their rights for the last 31 years against a government that legalizes rape of the girl child by setting the legal age of marriage at 9 years, provides 74 strokes of the lash for not wearing hijab in public, sets the value of a woman’s life according to shari’a penal code as worth as half that of a man, ensures intergenerational economic subordination to men by stipulating that a woman’s inheritance can be no more than half that of a man. Women in Iran have been fighting against a vicious government that rapes female prisoners to the point of destroying their reproductive organs, that kill women by burying them chest-deep in the earth to be stoned to death or by suspending them from the sky, by their necks, from a construction crane.
The very existence of the Islamic regime is dependent first and foremost upon the subordination and repression of women.
Yet the United Nations chooses to seat a government that is an affront to all of humanity on the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW). The UNCSW touts itself as being “dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women,” yet it has freely bestowed one of its seats upon the virulently misogynistic Islamic regime, with the silent consent of our national governments. In so doing, the UN has highlighted the role that it plays in maintaining the global status quo, characterized by poverty, violence, and systematic oppression of women. The UN has not lifted a finger to stop atrocities against Iranian or Saudi women, to prevent genocide, to protect refugees and asylum seekers. They have over time accumulated elements of a very ugly picture; they now are forced to face this ugly portrait of themselves, and in so doing they show their real face to the whole world.
The international community of citizens fundamentally rejects this travesty, which not only shows clear animosity towards the women of Iran but threatens women worldwide by allowing the world’s most anti-woman regime to set policy on gender at the global level. The UN has fully undermined itself and its legitimacy in the eyes of the global public.
The international community recognizes the struggles of Iranian women and honors their sacrifices. We stand in solidarity with women in Iran. And we stand against the UN and its Commission on the Status of Women for as long as it takes to see justice done: the Islamic regime must be removed from the Commission on the Status of Women.
We hereafter, and as long as the Islamic Republic remains a member of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, declare this Commission illegitimate. This declaration is backed by a global coalition of concerned citizens that demand immediate justice.
Mission Free Iran
May 2, 2010