Women Victims of Terrorism Offer Recommendations at UN Human Rights Council
[ Editor’s Note: This Dr. Salami’s official press report on the conference for his Association for the Defending Victims of Terrorism NGO that we wanted to publish for the archives…JD ]
…by Dr. Ali Salami, Tehran
The women victims of terrorism have called for strengthening international cooperation to reduce the problems of women affected by terrorism in the world in the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, the Association for the Defending Victims of Terrorism reports.
Representatives of the Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism attended the 36th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council under the motto “Empowering Women Victims of Terrorism as a Necessity for the Future of Human Beings” and offered recommendations to UN mandate holders, representatives of states, human rights activists, and other NGOs.
The Association offered some proposals to the UN mandate holders to strengthen the role of the UN in protecting women affected by terrorism and emphasized the implementation of such proposals which were welcomed by UN officials.
ADVT delegate held a side-event on “Empowering Women Victims of Terrorism” attended by experts from Spain, Britain, Cameroon and Iran. They analyzed and explained the situation of women affected by terrorism in the world and offered solutions to UN officials.
A prominent law professor stated that “International law is still incomplete when it comes to protecting these women. During war times, the protection granted by the Geneva Conventions isn’t enough. Besides, terrorism is becoming more complex, so the international community should have a more dynamic approach to women’s protection from terrorism.”
One of the prominent and impressive points raised at this side-event was the testimonies delivered by women victims of terrorism. One of the victims was Ms. Manijeh Safiyari who explained how she was impacted by a terrorist act. She said,
“I was a 17 year-old girl when I lost my right leg from up the knee in a bomb explosion by Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization in Tehran Bazaar. My mother who was with me was injured and is now disabled. At that age, while I had only one leg, I did my best to keep myself and my family calm and avoid isolation.
I continued to study, started college and obtained a bachelor’s degree, and now I drive with the left foot and go swimming. I also participated in sports events in the fields of discus throw, weightlifting, archery and shooting with a pistol, and at last, I joined the darts tournament, and in all of these fields I received a national title and a lot of medals.”
The session is now being held from 11 to 29 September for three weeks.