Linda Chavez, former White House Director of the Office of Public Liaison, 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. Chavez’s speech at the conference:
It’s important to understand and tie what is going on in Ukraine today and what it might hold for Iran in the future. Putin is terrorizing Ukraine because he has nuclear weapons.
There is another country that tries to obtain nuclear weapons and that is Iran. Can you imagine what Iran’s regime would do if it had nuclear weapons? The Iranian Resistance knows what war is like. When they were in Iraq, rockets rained on them.
You are joined together to talk about women’s rights. But women’s rights are indistinguishable from human rights. No country can claim to champion human rights if it doesn’t respect the rights of half of its population. Iran’s women are kept prisoner by a regime that does not respect human dignity. But they have risen in major cities and small towns to speak out in resistance.
Many times, they are imprisoned. Khamenei is a man who has ambitions to the people of Iran and the world, what Vladimir Putin is doing to the people of Ukraine.
We must resist the wars that are being waged against our peoples. In Iran, we won’t see women’s rights until the regime is changed.
This will not happen without the support of the people around the world. Keep up the fight for freedom, for women, for our children.