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The Role of Women in the Middle East

The Role of Women in the Middle East

On 19 November 2016, UNPO and the Rojhalat Women’s Organisation organised a full-day conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, which brought together a wide range of women’s rights advocates from many different countries. The speeches and subsequent discussions between the panellists and the audience focussed on concrete activities, in the past and the future, to increase women’s access to social, political and economical means.

Speakers from UNPO and the Rojhalat Women’s Organisation gave their views on “the role of women in the Middle East: how to obtain more rights for women and build up a better democracy”.

Moira Holden and Iris Schelfhout, UNPO representatives, opened the conference by highlighting the valuable role women have already played and could play further. Sharing from her own experiences Ms Schelfhout noted that women are essential in helping to solve disputes without violence because women’s strategies for conflictresolution are often based on building a coalition formed through mutual respect devoid of direct confrontation.

Financial expert and author Claire Phillipeau shared her holistic vision on how to increase the rights of women. Financial inclusion is one of the millennium development goals and access to financial services can serve as a bridge out of poverty. Together with a team, Ms Phillipeau developed several payment apps for the emerging markets. She continued her contribution to the conference with philosophical and practical means on how to combat global issues like inequality, overpopulation, climate change and reproductive rights for women. Family planning and governance of women over their own body is also an essential part of the empowerment of women, which should not be hampered by religious dogma.

Ira Stam, a board member of Passage, a Christian Social Women’s Movement with over 15-thousand members, outlined several international projects in which the group had been involved and which serve as succesful case studies. A project in India to support women in rural areas resulted in women being helped to set up their own businesses by making home-made products and selling them commercially. Their community saw reduced rates of domestic violence and alcoholism because the women opened up their own stores and refused to sell alcohol. Another project in Jordan, based on the principle of training the trainer, saw women learn to lobby on the inequality of wages of women compared to men and on the heritage rights which see women lose their rights to their brothers. ‘Women now have more self awareness and feel stronger to fight for changes,’ said Ms. Stam.

Nahid Bahamani told the audience that women have always suffered from barriers in aspects of politics, social issues and the economy. ‘They need to have a voice,’ she said. ‘We are working towards hopefully minimising this discrimination.’

Dr Asaad Rashidi added that women’s rights have been ignored and he called for more women to be supported in their bid to become more involved in politics and to take on more leadership roles.

Esmat Sophie highlighted the role of women in history, showing how women had been dominant figures in some civilisations, such as Cyprus, Egypt and China, yet their achievements had largely been airbrushed and forgotten. It is up to us to raise awareness of these important historical contributions that women have made and use it as an inspiration for women today.

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December 27, 2016 Comments are off admin
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Komalay Jinani Rojhelat & UNPO organized a conference regarding the important role of women in the Middle East

On 19 November 2016, Rojhalat Women’s Organization of Komala & UNPO organized a full-day conference in Rotterdam(Link), the Netherlands, which brought together a wide range of women’s rights advocates from many different countries. The speeches and subsequent discussions between the panelists and the audience focussed on concrete activities, in the past and the future, to increase women’s access to social, political and economical means.

Speakers from Rojhalat & UNPO gave their views on “the role of women in the Middle East: how to obtain more rights for women and build up a better democracy”.

Moira Holden and Iris Schelfhout, UNPO representatives, opened the conference by highlighting the valuable role women have already played and could play further. Sharing from her own experiences Ms Schelfhout noted that women are essential in helping to solve disputes without violence because women’s strategies for conflictresolution are often based on building a coalition formed through mutual respect devoid of direct confrontation.

Financial expert and author Claire Phillipeau shared her holistic vision on how to increase the rights of women. Financial inclusion is one of the millennium development goals and access to financial services can serve as a bridge out of poverty. Together with a team, Ms Phillipeau developed several payment apps for the emerging markets. She continued her contribution to the conference with philosophical and practical means on how to combat global issues like inequality, overpopulation, climate change and reproductive rights for women. Family planning and governance of women over their own body is also an essential part of the empowerment of women, which should not be hampered by religious dogma.

Ira Stam, from Passage, a Christian Social Women’s Movement with over 15-thousand members, outlined several international projects in which the group had been involved and which serve as succesful case studies. A project in India to support women in rural areas resulted in women being helped to set up their own businesses by making home-made products and selling them commercially. Their community saw reduced rates of domestic violence and alcoholism because the women opened up their own stores and refused to sell alcohol. Another project in Jordan, based on the principle of training the trainer, saw women learn to lobby on the inequality of wages of women compared to men and on the heritage rights which see women lose their rights to their brothers. ‘Women now have more self awareness and feel stronger to fight for changes,’ said Ms. Stam.

Nahid Bahamani told the audience that women have always suffered from barriers in aspects of politics, social issues and the economy. ‘They need to have a voice,’ she said. ‘We are working towards hopefully minimizing this discrimination.’

Dr Asaad Rashidi added that women’s rights have been ignored and he called for more women to be supported in their bid to become more involved in politics and to take on more leadership roles.

Esmat Sophie highlighted the role of women in history, showing how women had been dominant figures in some civilizations, such as Cyprus, Egypt and China, yet their achievements had largely been airbrushed and forgotten. It is up to us to raise awareness of these important historical contributions that women have made and use it as an inspiration for women today.

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October 30, 2016 Comments are off admin
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Iranian Kurdish leaders discuss the future of Kurds in Iran at a MERI conference

On October 25th, the Middle East Research Institute (MERI) organized a conference for Iranian Kurdish leaders. Komala’s secretary general, Abdullah Mohtadi, once again urged all Kurdish opposition to start a platform so as to be able to negotiate with the Iranian regime jointly, in the event this possibility arises. Abdullah Mohtadi stressed that as opposition, all parties have a lot of common interests, such as the acknowledgement of Kurdish political parties within Iran, the acknowledgement of the Kurdish language and the holding of free and fair elections according to International standards, among others. By setting up such a platform an opportunity is created to jointly issue Kurdish requests internationally. Furthermore, Abdullah Mohtadi urged the need to start a congress for Iranian Kurds to assemble Kurds and to act as a representative of the Kurds in Iran in which not only political parties and politicians but also citizens can take part
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October 22, 2016 Comments are off admin
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Komala attends successful conference of the Progressive Alliance

From 17-19 October, Komala attended a succesful conference of the Progressive Alliance. Ms.Diana Mohtadi represented Komala during the conference. During the first day of the conference, Ms Mohtadi explained the situation of Kurds and human rights violations by the Iranian regime to other participants, which were very interested to hear something on this issue. Later in the afternoon, the PA hosted two parallel panel discussions, including one concerned with the Middle East, in which the Kurdish panel voiced two speeches.

Besides attending the conference, Ms. Nahid Bahmani, Internationaal Secretary of Komala, Keywan Faramarzi, coordinator, and Diana Bahmani, representative of Komala’s youth organization, spoke to multiple participants and parliament members on the situation of the Kurds, Iran and human rights violations, during which they handed over a human rights report on Kurdistan Iran.

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October 22, 2016 Comments are off admin
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Mr. Abdullah Mohtadi the secretary general of komala party of Iranian Kurdistan guest speaker at MERI’s seminar on ‘The future for Kurdistan. Opportunities and barriers.’

On Monday October 17th, 2016, the Middle East Research Institute (MERI) organized a special seminar on the future for Kurdistan in Erbil in which Komala’s secretary general, Abduallah Mohtadi, was a guest speaker.

Within his speech, Abdullah Mohtadi explained that Kurds play a pivotal role for change within the region. Kurdish freedom movements within Iranian kurdistan form a common platform in overcoming these obstacles for freedom, especially in achieving basic human rights. He continued by suggesting that it is of particular importance for the Kurdish movement that all Kurdish parties cooperate and coordinate accordingly. One way to do this is to form a Kurdish platform in which political parties come together to discuss important issues and to cooperate on achieving these issues. Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistn is ready to set up such a platform and welcomes all other Kurdish political parties to join us, bilaterally of multilaterally.

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October 12, 2016 Comments are off admin
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Komala Party’s Secretary General met Canadian MPs in Ottawa

 Following an official invitation by a group of Canadian MPs known as “Parliamentary Friends of Kurds” , Mr Abdullah Mohtadi Secretary General of Komala party presented a speech about Kurdish struggle and human rights violations in Islamic Iran on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at parliament Hill, Ottawa. At the beginning, the chairman of the committee read a short biography about Mr Mohtadi after which he presented his speech in two parts:
1. A short history of how Komala Party was founded, in which he described within more detail the 37 years of Kurdish struggle in Islamic Iran and how the current regime has been at odds with Kurdish democratic and peaceful demands since Iranian revolution in 1979.
2. He brought to the attention of Canadian MPs the continuation of Kurdish suppression, which now lasts close to four decades, by the Islamic regime of Iran. This suppression includes direct shootings and killings of Kurdish border couriers, also known as kolber workers, by border guards, more than 50 Kurdish activists on death row, suppression of women and children, forced cultural assimilation of Kurds and plundering underground resources of Kurdistan.
At the second part he answered of Canadian MPs whom included 3 Canadian major parties ( Conservative party, Liberal Party and NDP) that included Kurdish position in Iran, military assistance of Kurds in their fights against IS by Canadian government , possible reopening of Iranian Embassey in Ottawa, and more other related issues.
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October 3, 2016 Comments are off admin
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Komala attends a successful labour party conference

On Tuesday 27 September 2016, a delegation of Komala party of Iranian Kurdistan participated in the Labour’s Party Annual Conference, which took place in Liverpool.

The Labour’s Party Annual Conference is being held every autumn in the United Kingdom and it is one of the largest and the most high-profile political events in Europe.

Our international Secretary, Ms. Nahid Bahmani was assisted by Omid Sohrabi, our representative in the UK, and Hushyar Mahmoudi.

During the conference, Komala met with a number of Labour party members of Parliament, international socialist parties, diplomats and international organizations, during which we discussed the current political situation within the Middle East, Iran’s human rights violations and the possibility of a democratic peace process for the Iranian Kurds.

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Mr. Mohtadi visits the France consultate in Arbil to speak on the increased human right violations in Iran

On Saturday, September 23th, 2016, our secretary general, Abdullah Mohtadi, joined by Azam ghobadipor and Saman Risha Saheb of Komala met with the delegation of the French consulate in Arbil. Mr Mohtadi congratulated Dominique Mas with the new consulate on behalf of Komala and during the meeting both articulated their analyses of the Middle East and future changes within the region. Furthermore, Mr. Mohtadi has also explained the increase in human rights violations in Iran under Rohani. france-consulateKomala party of Iranian Kurdistan (Komala)