10 March 2014
Statement by H.E. Mrs. Shahindokht Mowlaverdi,
Vice-President of the Islamic Republic of Iran for Women and Family Affairs
at the Fifty eighth Session of the Commission on the Status of Women
10 March 2014 , New York
In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful
At the outset, I would like to offer my most sincere felicitations on your deserved election to the Chairmanship of this Commission and seize the moment to express appreciation for the valuable efforts of Madam Executive Director and her Office.
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
This session of the Commission on the Status of Women provides a great opportunity to acknowledge achievements, remember lessons learned, and to review the remaining and emerging challenges for the empowerment of women and girls and their advancement. We are in a crucial stage of assessing the framework of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and developing a comprehensive and all-encompassing new framework for the post-2015 development agenda. The Commission, as a pillar of global policy-setting for women issues, has the responsibility to assess the achievements and challenges in the realization of the MDGs for women and girls and the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and its Platform for Action.
Based on the Millennium Declaration, states recognize that, they have a collective responsibility to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity at the global level. Today, despite those commitments, women and girls have been more adversely and disproportionately affected by the impacts of several ongoing and interrelated crisis, including the world financial and economic crises food insecurity, environmental degradation, poverty and hunger. Armed conflicts in some parts of the world, foreign occupation and violent and extremist narratives are also taking their tolls.
My government considers cultural, social, economic and political empowerment of women and girls as the key elements in planning, and developing all national legislations and policy making. The continued efforts of the new Iranian Government, in office since last August, are directed towards mainstreaming women issues in the national development framework. At the same time, the strengthening of the Family institution and mainstreaming of a family-based approach in development program is part of my government agenda.
Based on the human development indicators of the United Nations, Iranian women and girls have had an outstanding progress in the areas of education, research, science, entrepreneurship, employment and health. It is noteworthy that despite unprecedented and severe unilateral sanctions against my country, the Iranian women’s march towards the targets already set, continues unabated.
Mr. Chairperson, Excellencies
The recent presidential election in the Islamic Republic of Iran demonstrated the meaningful and influential role of Iranian women in the drawing of the political map of their country through enthusiastically participating in the election. With President Rouhani in office and given his electoral platform base on moderation and prudence and hope, now a new chapter is open in the life of the Iranian women in which endeavors and activities are undertaken towards achieving goals pursued by women and girls.
With the Promotion of the level of the Iranian national mechanism for women to the level of “ Vice- President for Women and Family Affairs” efforts have been made to include the gender equity into the various walks of life of Iranian women and girls in the mandate of Vice- Presidency. Adoption of this new approach has created the required political will for working towards the promotion and protection of women human rights in Iran.
In addition to the significant achievements in the implementation of the MDGs, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has developed special programs for the remaining areas such as the elimination of violence against women, women’s empowerment for equal access to resources and opportunities and enhancing political participation of women. In this regards the bill on “Securing Women Against Violence” is in its final stages of approval.
The unjust and unilateral sanctions imposed on Iran by certain countries, are intrinsically inhumane and against peace and security and a flagrant manifestation of structural violence. Common and vulnerable people, particularly women and children are being victimized by these sanctions, which violate inalienable human rights of the Iranian people, including the right to peace, right to development, right to access to health and education, and above all, the right to life of women and children.
It should be borne in mind, however, that the challenges women face can only be truly addressed, if the world unites against all forms of violence and extremism and the voice of women, who are living in armed conflicts and under foreign occupation can be heard.
In conclusion let me assure you Mr. Chairperson, of my delegation cooperation with you aimed at bringing this session to a fruitful result on the evaluation of the MDGs for women and girls.
Thank you Mr. Chairperson.