MEK Iran: Baroness Margaret Eaton AT Online Conference Marking International Women’s Day 2021
Transcript of remarks by Baroness Margaret Eaton at the online conference marking International Women’s Day 2021.
Mullah regime tasked to suppress women specifically
Dear friends, my dear Iranian sisters, and Dear Mrs. Rajavi, it is always an honor to speak and to be part of your events that I have always appreciated. But it’s a double honor to speak on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
My colleague talked about the existence of 27 state agencies in Iran tasked to suppress women specifically, including the compulsory veil. Has anyone ever asked why the clerical regime is so desperate to focus its attention on fighting women in every form and shape it can?
The misogynistic nature of the mullah regime
The Mullahs regime that’s since its inception, has executed 120,000 of the best and brightest people, including pregnant women has indeed, institutionalized gender discrimination, in law and in practice.
Literally speaking, Iran is one of three to four countries that has taken no action in ratifying the convention of elimination of gender discrimination. By realizing the misogynistic nature of this regime, women took leadership roles to not only fight for their own rights but to liberate a nation from the darkness of a medieval regime that has rightfully, in my opinion, seen its end at the hands of women.
Over the course of my engagement with The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), I met many women who have spent time in prison as political prisoners and have seen their relatives and best friends executed, and yet they have endured.
A prime example is Mrs. Rajavi herself. Her younger sister, eight months pregnant, was attacked by the murderous IRGC agents and killed under torture.
The cause of freedom and equality in Iran
I want to use this opportunity to recommend myself to the cause of freedom and equality in Iran. As I firmly believe, the regime in Iran is a clear and present danger to our security and to the Iranian people, and in particular, Iranian women.
For me, the pain that the mother of Iranian wrestling champion, Navid Afkari, who was executed by this regime just a few months ago, and endured is unimaginable. Naveed’s two brothers also are imprisoned. Can any one of you imagine that pain?
How about the brave Reyhaneh Jabbari, who did not give in to the criminal agent who wanted to assault her and her grieving mother?
How about the frail mother of Sattar Beheshti, a blogger killed under torture by the regime? And the list goes on. My heart goes out to all these suffering women, as mothers.
In conclusion, what is our role?
What should we do? Is it enough just to talk about these atrocities, or as interested representatives of the people, we have a duty to act. These are my recommendations.
One, any relationship with the regime in Iran, if any, must be contingent upon very vulnerable human rights improvements, including women’s rights.
As the main operator suppression inside Iran and exporter of terror abroad, the IRGC and as affiliated by sea force, must be prescribed in its entirety.
And I’m confident we have cross-party support for this endeavor.
Supporting the Iranian people and NCRI
And finally, we have to recognize that NCRI is our ally, because peace and stability in the volatile region of the Middle East can only be achieved and more importantly, maintained when malign activities of the Iranian regime stops; and that can only be achieved by supporting the Iranian people and NCRI for a tolerant non-nuclear and democratic republic in Iran. Thank you.