Ahwazi Representatives Met the UN Official on Issue of Violence Against Women
The discussion covered a broad range issues focussing on the psychological and physical torture inflicted on indigenous women of Al Ahwaz, their exposure to the dangers of landmines, extreme poverty, lack of education and unemployment. The Delegates also talked about the need of empowering women in post-conflict situations and in the current context of Iran's militarisation of the province. The discussion has given some new direction to the Ahwazi lobbying process at the UN level. British Ahwazi Friendship Society the resource unit for the Ahwazis in the UK will follow up the advocacy with the OHCHR office with statistics and case studies requiring urgent action to draw the attention of the Special Rapporteur prior to her submission of report on Iran. The delegates are also looking into the possibility of using the urgent appeal mechanism for specific cases within the UN system.