Works extensively with Iranian women outside the country and maintains a permanent contact with women inside Iran. The Women’s Committee is actively involved with many women's rights organizations and NGO's and the Iranian diaspora. The committee is a major source of much of the information received from inside Iran with regards to women. Attending UN Human Rights Commission meetings and other international or regional conferences on women’s issues, and engaging in a relentless battle against the Iranian regime's misogyny are part of the activities of members and associates of the committee.

IWD Speeches

Professor, Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Remarks at the IWD gathering, "Pledge for Parity: Women United against Fundamentalism"

February 27, 2016 - Paris


Remarks at the IWD gathering, "Pledge for Parity: Women United against Fundamentalism"

February 27, 2016 - Paris


Dear Mrs. Rajavi, Prisoners of Camp Liberty,

Today we are stepping up our commitment in Berlin against injustices in Camp Liberty, the Middle East and particularly Iran. These measures are very necessary and urgent.

This is my third opportunity to speak to this group and I want to thank Mrs. Rajavi for inviting me to be part of it because I'm always inspired by not just the dynamism of the women here but the partnership of women and men here who understand what is fundamental to changing society, what Iran needs to be...

Dear friends,

I'm here only to say three sentences. First I'm here to say I'm your friend and I want to support you and help us. My grandmother had no human rights at all, no right to vote, no political rights, no civil rights, nothing. She was subhuman and survived during the Second World War.

Dear Madam Rajavi, Ladies and gentlemen,

For more than two hours we have heard a lot of interesting speeches and contributions. This is encouraging; this is motivating and you Mrs. Rajavi, you give us this courage and this power to be here together to support and defend you and your values.

Good evening ladies and gentlemen,

I was born in the Soviet Union, in Georgia, where March 8th is celebrated as a great day, a day for women and for spring and flowers. In the Soviet Union, however, this was never accompanied by a political message. There was no talk of human rights and women's rights.

I'm very proud to be here. Whenever there is a fight to protect and defend women's rights, I feel I need to be a part of it because I think as a jurist and as a woman, fighting for equal rights and opportunities represents the very basis of a woman's dignity.

We come together today on the eve of International Women's Day and it is a dark time for women. Our sisters in Iran, in Afghanistan, in Yemen face the direst time in our lifetimes for women's freedom and safety. And so I say in particular to the women in Camp Liberty, we are your voice. Until you can be here with us and you can enjoy the freedom that we enjoy in a democratic society. We will not stop fighting for you; we will not stop remembering you; we will not stop being your voice in the free world.

Dear colleagues, I'd like to say something about my country because it is a model where people of different religions live together. Muslims, Orthodox, Catholics, they live and prosper together and I'd say that this experience shows that a peaceful and fruitful co-existence between persons and communities is not only desirable but possible.