Wed Mar 6, 2013 8:37AM
The Iranian president’s advisor on women’s affairs has voiced concern about global violence against women. Addressing the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York on Wednesday, Maryam Mojtahedzadeh said that women were the victims of armed conflicts, occupations, human trafficking, targeted killings and other forms of violence. The Iranian official added that the Islamic Republic views family values as a means of protecting women against abuse. Mojtahedzadeh called for an international resolve to tackle the issue of violence against women worldwide. She also stated that Iran passed a law on women’s security in 2012, setting up counseling centers at police stations, launching education programs and a support fund for women who have been the victim of violence. Mojtahedzadeh called on the UN meeting to strengthen “moral and spiritual values and respect for human dignity and cultural diversity.” Established in 1946, the women commission of the UN last discussed the issue at its meeting in 2003, but member states failed to reach an agreement. The UN body meets annually to set standards and policies to promote empowerment of women. DB/HSN