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The meeting of post-war impacts on women, family and the environment was held in Tehran’s Baghe Ketab on Tuesday, October 15th.
The meeting, sponsored jointly by the Peace Studies Association and the Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs, and also attended by a number of foreign ambassadors in Iran and some representatives of international organizations.
Ms. Daniels (United Nations Resident Representative in Iran), Dr. Ewekar (Vice President for Women and Family Affairs), Hojatoleslam Mohaqiq Damad (head of the Department of Studies of the Academy of Sciences), Dr. Fatemeh Ashrafi (Managing Director of Hami Association for refugee women and children) and Dr. Khoram (professor of environmental and environmental education) made speeches on different impacts and influences of women in post wars.
Ms. Daniels Condemned the devastating impact of wars on the environment and the lives of people, UN Secretary-General Daniels, also exampled the Iraqi women lives, whom after decades of war learnt that The security of social life for them and their families depends on ensuring the safety of the environment and avoiding violence.
Hojatoleslam Mohaqiq Damad, said that Islam has always emphasized on peace and the Quran’s verses are representing peace he also, stated that this peaceful friendship has always resonated in the history of humanity which world needs it Once again, the lessons of Islam in the area of peace, would rid humans and the environment of war and violence.
In the following, Dr. Masoumeh Ebtecar, the Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, welcomed the guests at the meeting, and mentioned that the unilateral sanctions on Iranian is an economic war against people, she stated that the effects of this war impacts on the lives of people in Iran, and the entire international community.
She , addressed to the UN Resident Representative, the horrors of war in Yemen and its effects on children, and the painful image of Amal Hussein; the Yemeni child who lost his life due to malnutrition as a darkest side of Yemen war. ..
Ebtecar, also noted that women always had different roles from the war to the postwar era; the mothers of the martyrs and the sacrifices, the wives of the martyrs and their devotees and their daughters, have always been symbols of resistance throughout the history of war and post-war, and in the present and With American psychological warfare, while luring the economy, many Iranian women play a significant role in the family economy.
The next part of the program was the impact of the war on the status of women. In this section, Dr Fatemeh Ashrafi, the Managing Director of the HAMI Association, initially introduced HAMI (Association for the Protection of Women and Refugee Children). She explained the correlation between the environmental situation on the livelihoods and its great importance by exampling Somali and Bangladesh. ASHRAFI mentioned that, the role of women in the war is divided into victim and soldier. In each of these two situations, women are constantly exposed to abuses. She added that, trafficking women, which is sometimes caused by turbulence during the war and afterwards, is one of the three high-income issues in the world..
Ashrafi argued that the impact of the war on the loss of traditional breadwinners could not be ignored. About 58 percent of women’s forced migratory and asylum-related refugees are women, which indicates the direct impact of wars on women’s groups. Also during the post-war period, there are always discrimination against women, including lack of access to social services and the lack of their role in productive and economic activities to access financial resources, as well as their social exclusion and their oblivion in society. It is evident that the more traditional the society is, the more restrictions imposed on women are institutionalized.
Fatemeh Ashrafi, referred also to international conventions and practices such as the Geneva Conventions, the Vienna Declaration and …, the overall role of women in the legal situation.
She mentioned that, the presence of international organizations and NGOs in the field of women has increased women’s socioeconomic participation to post-war reconstruction and entered women into political decision-making.
In the final section of the meeting Dr. Khoram, environmental professor , and Mrs. Javaherian environmental activism, evaluated the impact of the war and remedies for the provided situation.
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