Molaverdi meets counterparts on sidelines of UN meeting in NY

Iran’s Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi

Iran’s Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi

New York, March 13, IRNA – Iran’s Vice-President for women and family affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi met with four senior officials of other countries in charge of women on the sidelines of the fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, that took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, scheduled for March 9-20.

On the last day of her five-day stay in New York, Molaverdi met and conferred with Fadila Grine, Director Of Family Affairs at the Department of Cultural, social and Family Issues of the Organization of Islamic Cooepration (OIC), Mervat al-Talawy, the head of Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW), Minister for Women’s Affairs in Iraq, Bayan Nouri Tawfeeq and Giovanna Martelli, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Italy.

Molaverdi told al-Talawy that consolidation of relations with other nations, especially the neighboring and Muslim states, is among principled policies of the 11th Government of Iran.

Molaverdi said solidarity and cooperation among Muslim countries, especially under present juncture when diversified crimes are committed in the name of religion and distort blessed image of the religion, is of high significance.

He said proper implementation of religious injunctions, especially those concerning women and family, and more extensive cooperation of countries having rich cultural and civilization background in that connection would be the best form of introducing women rights.

She said Iran is ready to sign a protocol for mutual cooperation with Egypt’s National Women Council.

Al-Talawy for her part called for further activation of institutes in charge of women and family affairs in Muslim states to introduce personality of women.

She referred to the moves of such terrorist groups as Daesh and their presenting a distorted image of Islam and their regrettable behavior towards women, calling for swift action to introduce true image of Islam, saying such a job is among prime duties of such countries as Iran and Egypt, which enjoy rich civilization and record in terms of Islamic culture.

Meanwhile, Molaverdi told Tawfeeq that Iran and Iraq should hold regular contacts within framework of mutual cooperation plan, saying exchange of opinion will facilitate ties and contacts between Iranian and Iraqi institutions in charge of women and families.

She also urged information sharing in the economic, social, scientific, education and entrepreneurship spheres.

‘We are under conditions that women empowerment in various social and economic domains is necessary.’

She said the draft agreement for cooperation between Iranian and Iraqi institutes in charge of women is ready and its implementation will expedite mutual cooperation in related field.

The Iraqi official for her part lauded eye-catching presence of Iranian women in various fields and said her country wants sharing experience with Iran in the field.

She said women empowerment in the economic and commercial domains in the long-run will be helpful, calling for feasibility studies for Iran’s likely contribution to assisting Iraqi women refugees inside Iraq.

Meanwhile, Molaverdi told Grine that Iran and the Arab neighbors share enormous cultural and religious commonalty, so should find common solutions to effectively counter the challenges specifically targeting Muslim women in social, economic and cultural areas.

She said Muslim women should not face limits that would make them to choose either work and social activity or family affairs and in this connection, the countries claiming to be Muslim and adhering to Islam shoulder a heavy responsibility.

Molaverdi also underlined the need for dialogue between religions and presenting a sound image of Muslim women to the western states.

Grine for her part underlined using experience of Iranian women and their cultural, educational social, and scientific achievements so as to guarantee sustainable development.

Based on the report, Molaverdi told Martelli that Iran’s 11th Government intends to have constructive engagement with other countries, believing that Iran-Italy cooperation and using experience of Italy in economic empowerment of women and identification of grounds for cooperation are of double importance.

She also briefed Martelli on Iranian women’s status in the areas of trade, commerce, business and other social activities.

She noted that it seems that cooperation in removing challenges facing implementation of the Beijing Document can be put on agenda of the two sides.

Referring to violence and extremism in the region and in the name of religion, Molaverdi said Iran believes security is among main pivots which should be put on agenda of post-2015 development.