Khalid Azizi: Towards an equal society without any discrimination and violence

Khalid Azizi, secretary-general of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, said in a statement on November 25 that the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, highlighted that the Islamic Republic of Iran and the law- aversion of this regime are the main obstacles to the women’s rights movement in Iran.

The content of the message of the Secretary-General of the Kurdistan Democratic Party on November 25,  International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women:

The women’s rights movement in Iran and Kurdish women in Eastern Kurdistan (Rojhalat) has a long history and has passed through many stages and stations. Still, despite many achievements and setbacks, women in Iran are now victims of human rights violations. In this regard, government and systematic violence, violence in society and domestic violence, have broadly affected a wide range of women’s lives.

Forty-two years ago, in the months and days when the struggle sought against Mohammad Raza Shah (Shah) ‘s authority, women were not only struggled alongside men, but in most cases they were at the front line of the protests. Women desired to build a novel government that formally would introduce their human rights, remove the shadow of discrimination, and let them to participate in political and social activities in an equal society; thus, they participated in the revolution. But after the establishment of the Islamic Regime, they were the first group of society to come under the pressure of the suppression and discrimination of the new regime.

Under the Islamic Republic’s laws, the political, civil, and social rights of Iranian women are systematically violated. The regime’s ideological education aimed at women’s discrimination and keep them at home to prove their inability from participating in political and social activities, even though women have been under considerable pressure, it has not forced them to give up; after four decades, we are seeing that women are at the forefront of protests against the authority of the Islamic Republic.

Apart from the government’s systematic discrimination and violence against women, they are still suffering from a traditional society’s noms and values. A public campaign and continuing cooperation of all the community components are required to overcome these challenges. In this regard the  political forums and groups, intellectuals, and the civil society organizations have to get the lion share.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party believes in equality between women and men, as stated in party’s statutes: The party highly considers the international conventions to prevent any discrimination against women, providing equality between men and women within the family and in the community, in the field of work, power, and in all aspects of political, social, and economic life. It has given its importance and will plan and conduct an intensive program in this regard.

In conclusion, while I encourage the girls and women of my homeland continue their struggle for their rights, I reaffirm my party, Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP-Iran)’s support for this righteous struggle,  and repeat:  “Yes, to build an equal society without any discrimination or violence.”

Secretary-General of the Kurdistan Democratic Party

Khalid Azizi