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Women MPs comment on Iran's adherence to UN women convention

An Iranian MP said on Saturday Iran's adherence to the Convention on Discrimination Against Women would promote Iran's image on the international stage and would produce positive results at home, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Akram Mosaveri-Manesh, who is vice chairman of the women fraction in the Islamic consultative assembly (Majlis), said in a panel discussion on the UN women convention that the first positive result of signing the convention would emerge on the international scene.

She assured that the positive outcome of such a move may take time to surface domestically due to the cultural features of the Iranian society.

She went on to say that the convention aims to counter the discrimination against women and this matches the Islamic lofty instructions which condemns any discriminatory behaviors against women.

The MP was critical of a series of enacted laws and regulations in Iran and said some laws appear to have been opted and enforced based on the personal viewpoints of authorities.

She called for a revivalism in the Iranian national legislation and to remove the shortcomings in the faulty laws.

Another MP Fatemeh Rakeie commenting on the convention said out of the 54 countries member to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) some 42 countries have approved the convention including Saudi Arabia.

The MP said the signing of the convention by Iran would neutralize many black propaganda against Iran by the world media which challenge women rights in the Islamic Republic.

Iran's parliament ratified July 23 a bill authorizing Iran's membership in the Convention on Discrimination Against Women.

According to the law, Iran is authorized to become a member of the convention, provided it observes the indicated conditions and submits the related documents.

The first condition for Iran's membership in the convention is that the contents of the convention should not contradict the sacred Islamic faith.

The second one says that Iran is not committed to abide by the convention's Note 1 of Article 29 pertaining to the settling of disagreements through judgment or the international court.

The related draft was drawn up through the efforts of Iran's Foreign Ministry in 1995 and was approved by the cabinet in 2001.

Member of Majlis Women's Faction, Elaheh Koulaie said that 168 states are currently members of the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and insisted that Iran should use the experience of the Islamic members of the convention.

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