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Statement: Advancement of Women

Statement by Ms. Zahra Ershadi, Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran before the Third Committee of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly under agenda Item 29:

Advancement of Women

(New York, 8 October 2018)

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Mr. Chairman,

The advancement of women is a global concern and requires a commensurate response at that level. The movements such as MeToo campaign that in an unprecedented manner echoed the calls for ending sexual abuse and harassment, remind us that regardless of the level of economic or technological development, the advancement of women and girls remains a global quest.   

Mr. Chairman,

During past several years, the menaces of violent extremism and terrorism have caused unimaginable sufferings to women and girls. Women and girls disproportionately bear the burdens of conflicts emanating from violent extremism and terrorism exacerbated by foreign interventions and occupation in the Middle East. Demolition of basic infrastructures, loss of loved ones and destruction of the family, loss of financial support, displacement and mental trauma leave wounds that barely recover.

Mr. Chairman,

The illegal and inhumane unilateral sanctions, with a high toll on gender-responsive policies and budgeting, continue to be imposed and augmented on developing countries, including mine. Such unilateral sanctions affect women and girl’s access to basic healthcare services, education, food and medicine. Collective punishment of civilians is reprehensible and is against international law. Unilateral sanctions disproportionately and indiscriminately target women, children and other vulnerable populations of the targeted countries and therefore should be condemned and terminated.

Mr. Chairman,

The Islamic Republic of Iran earnestly believes in the significant role that women play towards achieving sustainable development, peace and prosperity. Education is the vehicle that enables women to properly deliver that role. Cognizant of this fact, the coverage of girls at primary level of education topped 99/4% in Iran and our next target is to reach the coverage of 100% in the near future. Iran is also deeply proud that year after year women gain the larger share of the country’s university population. During the last two decades, the number of female university students increased 14 times.

Here, I would like to remember and pay tribute to late Madam Maryam Mirzakhani, the Iranian mathematician who became the first woman to receive the prestigious Fields Medal in mathematics.

The Islamic Republic of Iran recognizes the significance of political participation and presence of women in political and decision-making positions. Progressively and increasingly more executive, judiciary and parliamentary positions are becoming occupied by professional and self-confident Iranian women. Furthermore, by the end of the Sixth National Development Plan, at least 30 percent of the managerial positions in the public sector should be allocated to women.

In legal protection front, besides many available provisions, the Comprehensive Bill for Protection of Women against Violence is almost finalized. It encompasses preventive, protective and rehabilitative measures and will be soon submitted to the Parliament.

The important role of the family as the interface between the individual and the community and also as a factor to establish a safe and sound society cannot be overemphasized. Among several initiatives, I would like to mention the “National Program of Dialogue in the Family” which seeks consolidation of intergenerational solidarity which is under threat by new communication technologies. This program is now implemented in 18 provinces and is expected to get national coverage soon.

I conclude by recalling the International Event on Women, Sustainable Peace and Security that was held in Tehran on 8 March 2018 (the Women Day) which highlighted the crucial role women have to play in establishing security for the realization of sustainable development. Among others, participants called for a greater role of women in conflict prevention, peace-building processes, and political settlements and in the fight against violent extremism and terrorism.      

I thank you for your attention.


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