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Iranian Lawmakers Attend UN Women Confab

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TEHRAN, Feb 25 (ICANA) – Fatemeh Ajorloo - is one of two Iranian women to address the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations this week.
Friday, February 25, 2011 10:39:21 AM
Iranian Lawmakers Attend UN Women Confab

As members of the Iranian Parliament - both women are working at home and at the UN for the advancement of women. For Ajorloo - the current situation of Palestinian women and children is troublesome. It was just last week that a draft statement condemning illegal settlement building in Palestinian territories was vetoed by the United States at the UN Security Council despite widespread support. Despite her veto - even American Ambassador Susan Rice called the settlements "illegitimate." The Commission on the Status of Women started will run until March 4 - with a mandate to include "promoting the objectives of equality, development and peace, monitoring the implementation of measures for the advancement of women, and reviewing and appraising progress made worldwide." Mrs. Ajorloo says she sees it as an excellent opportunity to correct any misinformation that may be circulating about the role of women in Iran -- especially with regards to education. Ajorloo -- one of several female members of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's cabinet -- also says that Iranian women have always held prominent positions in the government. According to her, the Iranian government has increased maternity leave to six months -- and that mortality rate for new mothers and babies has dropped considerably. Agreed conclusions from years past from the Commission on the Status of Women advocate equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS -- and proper financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women.

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