Empowering women necessary tool for global peace


… by Dr. Ali Salami,  in Geneva

Ali Salami

[ Editor’s Note: Gordon and I met Ali Salami in the heyday of Press TV when it was fighting its way back onto the airwaves when its satellite channels were being pulled down all over Europe as part of an Israeli instigated media censorship program. The Zionists did not want the world to here Iran’s responses to the many allegations that it suffered.

The main one, that it had a secret nuclear weapons program was totally debunked when after two decades of Tel Aviv claiming that the mullahs were only a year or two way from “the bomb”, when Israel never put a shred of evidence on the table to support it claims. We had a wonderful time fighting the international lie machine in the Viewpoints commentary section.

Dr. Salami ended up at Tehran University where he has stayed busy,  and also working with the UN with the victims of terrorism, a minority that grew leaps and bounds during the Syrian War. But for Iran its women have been suffering from the bombings of Western supported terror groups that were destabilizing Iran.

The Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism (ADVT)has over 17,000 members, over five 9-11s, yet in the West most people have never heard of this carnage. The majority, 12,000, were victims of the Western backed Kurdish MEK terror group, which American Congressmen still treats with respect and deference despite their bloody past. It is literally open support for a terror group, yet American media will not write a word about it.

We were happy to see Dr. Salami take a key role in supporting the UN’s effort to recognize the special needs of the female victims through these annual conferences. Gordon and I were happy to be video panelists for last year’s session, and as you will see below they had another great conference this year. You will find the link to our last year’s contribution and the end of the current article... Jim W. Dean ]


Iran has tasted the bitter fruit

–  First published  …  September 19, 2017  –

The Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism discussed avenues for empowering women victims of terrorism in a side event dubbed “Empowering Women Victims of Terrorism as a Necessity for the Future of Human Beings” at the 36th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on September 18.

A panel of five activists and two victims of terrorism called on the UN to formulate mechanisms to empower the women victims of terrorism. Ali Salami, professor at the University of Tehran, who also chaired the panel, said that women victims of terrorism have great potential for combating terrorism and violence and that they should be supported and empowered to achieve this goal.

He stated, “Callous exploitation of women as sex slaves by terrorist groups such as Daesh or Boko Haram indicate that women and girls are more vulnerable to psychological and physical harm than men. If they are the most vulnerable to terrorism, then they should have their share of creating peace and security in the world.”

Women have been victimized in different ways

Another panelist Ruth Abril Stoffels, a professor of law at the Cardenal Herrera in Spain, said that terrorism is the use of violence for intimidating people with the express goal of achieving some political goals.

The victims of terrorism affected either directly or indirectly by terrorism are victims on an equal scale. In most parts of world where women are wounded or maimed in a terrorist attack, they have little chance to keep living in a normal way. Women are pillars of society because they take up different duties. Due to prevailing discriminatory policy, women are more prone to harm than men.

In the end, Stoffles suggested that 1) discrimination against women should be eliminated; 2) victims should be treated equally; 3) the victims should be paid for their loss; 4) social support and therapeutic assistance should be doled out to the victims; 5) the woes of the women victims of terrorism should be taken care of: 6) the families of the victims of terrorism should be supported; 7) the victims of terrorism should be provided with access to proper education.

Zohreh Haghpanahi, a victim of terrorism who is 50% psychologically and physically disabled, delivered a testimony of her plight. She said, “When I was only 22 years old, I was passing through Imam Khomeini Square with my husband, a graduate in mechanical engineering from an American university. A bomb exploded and my husband and I were burned. My husband was burnt so badly that he died in the hospital. My body was sieved with shrapnel pieces from the explosion. It took me quite a while to recover from the burns.

Apart from the physical injury what really excruciated me day and night was the memory of the day of explosion which never left me alone even for a moment. I was denied sleep and only pills could help me sleep. Then I made up my mind to continue my studies and with the help of my present husband who was then a medical student, I took a job as a chemistry teacher in high school. In those days, there was scarcely any organization to give us assistance. Now there are NGOs which are tasked with assisting the victims of terrorism.”

Chongsi Ayeah Joseph, chairman of Human Rights Organization in Cameroon, talked about different aspects of terrorism in the world and the victimization of women in the process.

Mehdi Zakerian, a professor of international law at the Islamic Azad University, talked about the role of transitional justice, saying “Daesh has proven that terrorist groups can create inconceivable problems for human community. Women are the most vulnerable individuals to terrorism, women who have lost their loved ones in terrorist activities.

The women afflicted by terrorism should be empowered so that they can return to their normal lives. So I believe transitional justice can contribute largely to the empowerment of women. The goals that transitional justice seeks and the empowerment of women are interrelated and the two approaches are geared towards democracy, human rights and peace.”

Mansoureh Karami, the ADVT Vice-President said, “We have gathered together to discuss justice, equal human rights and peace. Truth is the counterpoint to denial and falsity and is in fact an alternative to it. To know about what happens and what has happened is one thing but it is not enough.

Knowing should be changed into awareness. Iran is a major victim of terrorism. Why should the US and the West delist Mujahedeen Khalq Organization which has assumed responsibility for the assassination of 12000 people in Iran from the terror list?

She added, “I for one have witnessed the assassination of my husband Masoud Alimohammady who was a physicist and a professor at the University of Tehran. Why should I suffer psychologically for years to come?  Women are the pillars of social life. So if women are afflicted with agony, the rest of society cannot find peace. In order to empower women, 1) they should be finically supported so that they can provide their children with better education: 2) they should be given proper psychological help; 3) in order to constrain terrorism, all countries should look at the issue from a non-political standpoint.”

Another panelist Anicee Van Engeland, professor of law at the University of Cranfield, said that believing in gender equality means that women can be terrorists or victims of terrorism. The fact is that those who are victimized by terrorism outnumber those who perpetrate acts of terrorism. So gender equality does not exist on that score.

At all events, when a terrorist attack happens, women are the first to suffer the consequences. International law is still imperfect in the face of protecting women. The protection enshrined by the Geneva Convection is not enough in wars. Besides, terrorism is becoming more complicated. A more dynamic approach needs to be taken regarding the protection of women against terrorism.

Manizheh Safiyari, a victim of terrorism who is seventy percent psychologically and physically disabled and has a lost a leg gave a testimony and said, “When I was seventeen I became a victim of terrorism claimed by Mujahedin Khalq Organization and I lost my right leg from up the knee.

My mother was also severely wounded. Despite the fact that I had only one leg I decided to boost the morale of people around me. I studied at the university and I started to drive.

I engaged myself with dart throwing, swimming and track and track and many other sports and succeeded in winning medals in the country. I got married at the age of twenty seven and could never deliver a child.”

The session was concluded by a proposal read out by Zahra Sobhani, the president of association for defending victims of terrorism. Part of the proposal reads:

1- ADVT calls on all state representatives to make efforts for women empowerment in the form of increasing awareness and information and increase of their self-confidence in the decision-making process on counterterrorism and extremism programs and stabilizing in crises;

2- Calls on international communities to establish centers, institutions, circles and organizations dedicated to women victim of terrorism in order to bring together women affected by terrorist acts to retell experiences and attitudes to overcome their sufferings and woes that result from the loss of the loved ones as well as the creation of a circle for narrative patience, perseverance and obedience to terrorism and extremism;

3- calls for promoting “Empowering women affected by terrorist acts” in the form of psychotherapy, medical care, recovery of survivors, creating self-confidence, creating a sense of life expectancy, creating satisfaction for relaxation and psychological security after the incident,

4- calls for creating or strengthening comprehensive legal measures to protect women affected by terrorist acts in the form of the empowerment of this group of women impacted by violence, both at national and international levels;

5- calls for making plans for national and international ceremonies commemorating women affected by terrorist acts and provides new solutions to revitalize and strengthen self-confidence and increase their life expectancy.


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  1. This is all fantasy talk. The U.N. cares about women’s rights? Yeah, until they send in some occupation soldiers to begin the rapefest.

    The Globalist ideas behind “empowering women” are directly related to their mission to wreck the traditional home and family. Women, at least in the West, are already empowered. They suffer no serious or severe limitations.

    This speech needs to be directed towards the Muslim empires. Not the Christian ones.

  2. Valerie Plame Wilson, getting into the mix today in The Times Of Israel ,,..(Ex-CIA agent tweets article blaming Jews for US wars, then apologizes). Can’t ever forget Joe Wilson’s expose on the yellow cake debacle which just adds to the bad idea known as the Iraq war. And they went after his wife !

  3. Empower Hillary Clinton, Nikkey Haley, Condi Rice, Pamella Geller & Angie Merkel and Kim Kardashian? Yeah right.
    Neither men nor women need to be “empowered”. All of humanity needs to be humbled, crash face over into the slime they are standing in and hopefully when or if they get up again they will not forget the cause of their downfall and try AGAIN to behave humane like a human should. Surely a mother, no matter if Israeli or Lebanese will have compassion towards their own kids but not for the “opposition”.
    Empowering equality might work for humanity though this always will be a tricky one to achieve with these heavy chains around our ankles while others live the way we dream about.

    • Rosa Parks did more than all of them, and held no office. Listing a group of politicians is not exactly a wholistic assessment. Primates, including humans are generally Matriarchal. The male aspect maintains power by perpetuating threat, as this makes disempowering women a seemingly protective and honorable position. This does not match the natural order in an average household, as any man with a wife and a couple daughters will assure you. The macro and micro are disparate. Elimination of false threat as a construct used for territorial acquisition, and empowering the women is the fastest road to peace. A Matriarchal society will promote unity. A Patriarchal society will promote dispersion. The basic framing of the constitution was derived from the Iroquois Confederacy or Haudenosaunee Confederacy, which was and still is Matriarchal.

    • David once love is embraced by the intellect of humanity instead of being partitioned into scientific reasons, and/or arguments mankind will unite freely. Only one authority is needed to unite men & women: LOVE
      Money & politics will do the opposite.

    • Eduardo, yea well, there will always be the keepers of the well at the center of town. Better to have Women making sure fights are not falsely motivated. Altruism as a society model doesn’t look close enough to consider.

  4. The women we see in high profile politics today are there because they are on board with the current system. Empowering women in general is the fastest way to fix the system as the new recruits will attain smarter positions much faster than men. The best leaders in regards to the physical distribution system which is the biggest problem is the women. They prioritize differently and more efficiently. This is nature and this is fact of nature. This is imperative for the sustainable system of humanity and it’s physical needs. The balance of society in the US is not even close to healthy because of this single issue. Empowering women must occur immediately. Judgement is not needed, and percentage of adjustment must account for awkwardness in newfound empowerment. Men need to let go.

  5. Driving down Fulton St. in a bad part of Baltimore a mural was noted; peace in yourself, peace in the family, peace in your village, peace in the world. When women are victims; families and children, husbands, all suffer. As any unit in the family are equally important to support life and happiness. We, of course, are under attack by guess who.

  6. Let’s hope that women such as Madeline Albright, Hilary Clinton, Condoliza Rice, Nikki Halley and Victoria Nudelman do not get anywhere near this. I hate to say it but some women are no better than men when it comes to terrorism. How is it that women such as the aforementioned become so evil and wicked?
    If women are to become so empowered as to achieve such control it won’t be with the help of the U.N. They will all have to learn how to work together and form an international alliance through networking.
    Forget the U.N. it is a worthless paper tiger. It has accomplished nothing. It is a waste of America taxpayer’s money and the space it occupies could be better put to use such as homes for veterans.

    • That group would never get near power in a developed , educated , empowered group of women. The war machine allows whomever is on board, not who would make good leaders. When Washington became pressured to include women, they worked out front to ensure only the ones they approve of would get in. Remember the question, “Would she be willing to push the nuclear button”? I believe Teresa May was just asked this recently in front of the council. Currently, any woman who approaches power is confronted with the false approach of assumed military necessity. This is changing, and awkwardness will be apparent as the environment of politics itself changes. This is the manifestation of Trump. The stomping spoiled child being told to clean their room. The natural outcome of exposing false threat, results in positive environmental changes in the political arena. Col Ann Wright or Winona La Duke are better modern examples. And they gravitated toward each other.

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