In a compelling briefing organized by the Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS), members of the UK Parliament convened to address the urgent need for action on women's rights in Iran.
The briefing, which focused on a multifaceted approach, saw impassioned speeches from various experts. Madeleine Rees, security general of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), provided a global perspective that linked the developments in Iran to previous political failures. Her speech underscored the necessity for multilateral action to promote peace. Furthermore, she called for a feminist political economy analysis and advocated for the demilitarization of security.
In this briefing, Negin Shiraghaei, the founder of Azadi Network, brought attention to the alarming scale and scope of attacks on civilians in Iran. Supported by factual evidence, she detailed incidents such as the targeting of schools through poisoning and other violations.
Negin underscored the disproportionate impact on wome, girls and the LGBTQ community and urged the UK to play a more defined and targeted role. She called for the establishment of safe and legal routes for those facing persecution, emphasizing collaboration with UNHCR and other multilateral agencies and states.
The collective voices in the UK Parliament briefing underscored the gravity of the situation in Iran, calling for immediate and comprehensive action to protect women and civilians and to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its actions.
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