Helle Thorning-Schmidt, former Prime Minister of Denmark, addressed at the IWD 2022. The conference hold in Berlin, Germany on the occasion of International Women’s Day, on March 5, 2022.
Dozens of women leaders, lawmakers, and women’s rights activists from around the world attended the conference in Berlin. Thousands also joined the conference online to express solidarity.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran(NCRI) is organizing this world conference. The majority of the NCRI leadership is women.
The keynote speaker at the conference is Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran(NCRI).
The following is an excerpt from Ms. Thorning-Schmidt’s speech at the conference:
You are our inspiration. Your fight will not only change Iran, but will inspire women around the world. Your country will begin a new future. You will inspire women all around the world. The female power is enormous. Misogynist leaders are afraid of female empowerment and female agency. They will try to tell us it’s better to not engage, to stay home.
They will tell us we don’t have the courage, brain, or stamina. Women and girls in Iran are the prime victims of the misogynist machine. It would have been easier for them to stay home. But they did not do that. Iranian women have chosen a different path.
They have not submitted to the regime. They have turned into a force for change in Iran. They know their rights will only be achieved with political change in Iran.
They know they can’t achieve their lives under a misogynist regime. Women in Iran participate in resistance for freedom. This participation is unique, not only in Iran, but in the whole world.
It is remarkable that the NCRI is actually led by a Muslim woman, Maryam Rajavi. Her ten-point plan is a blueprint for the whole world to see that there is a democratic future for Iran. All democrats across the world should support this plan.
The international community should stand with the desire of the Iranian people for a democratic, secular republic. We stand with you. The world needs to stand with the Iranian people. I’m here to tell you that you inspire us.