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Senior Iranian expert calls for a new interpretation of UN women Convention

An Iranian senior expert on women affairs, speaking in Tehran on Wednesday, called for a new and proper interpretation of the UN Women Convention which has recently been a controversial issue in Iran, IRNA reported.

Fariba Alasvandi said in a panel discussion on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) a proper interpretation of the terms and concepts enshrined in the convention is needed before any decision on the case.

The wording of the convention in some clauses seems obscure and there are some terms in the convention that present some ambiguities and that need to be addressed, she said.

However, any document that can prevent violations against women and help restore the human rights of women should be welcomed warmly, she noted.

Her comments came after some MPs argued that Iran's adherence to the Convention would promote Iran's image on the international stage and would produce positive results at home.

They said the Convention aims to counter the discrimination against women and as such it matches the Islamic lofty instructions which condemn any discriminatory behaviors against women.

Iran's parliament ratified previously 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 Guardian Council (GC) closed the whole saga when it rejected the Majlis bill on Iran's joining a UN convention while branding it unconstitutional and un-Islamic.

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