“Women, Life, Freedom”: Senate adopts slogan of Iranian women

“Women, Life, Freedom”: Senate adopts slogan of Iranian women

“Women, life, freedom”, this slogan chanted during the demonstrations in Iran was heard many times on Wednesday in the plenary hall of the Senate, which organized a debate on “violations of women’s and human rights in Iran”.

Session President Alain Richard (RDPI with a majority in March) indicated that with this debate the Senate wanted to “commemorate Mahsa Amini, who died in Iran on September 16 after being arrested for a strand of his hair sticking out of her veil, and that of Hadis Najafi, who was executed by the police for demanding her freedom as a woman and as an Iranian”.

“Let’s make this slogan + women, life, freedom + ours,” demanded the chair of the delegation for women’s rights, Annick Billon (middle), for which “the international community (…) must give a strong and unanimous signal to support this historic.” Challenge”.

Unusually in the Senate, Environment Senator Mélanie Vogel ended her speech with an excerpt from “Baraye” by Shervin Hajipour, the unofficial anthem of the movement.

What is happening in Iran today “is not a revolt, it is a revolution, a revolution for democracy, for justice, against religious tyranny, a revolution for women, for life and for freedom,” she said.

The Senate Chamber also echoed with calls to action. “What is France doing?” asked Paris Senator Esther Benbassa, regretting that the debate was being held in a small committee.

“We cannot remain unresponsive and stay away from something that is more than a simple shock of history, even if our options for action (…) are very limited,” added Joëlle Garriaud-Maylam (LR).

“We started work last week with our European partners to punish the perpetrators of the repression, it will be a matter of freezing assets and banning the right to travel for those identified as responsible for the violence,” reminded Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna, adding that she hopes “it’ll be done within 8 to 10 days.”

The question of wearing the veil in France was also raised.

“It is a stab in the back of these militants that some neo-feminists condemn, condemning any criticism of the veil under the pretext of not feeding Islamophobia,” affirmed the leader of the Indépendants group Claude Malhuret, citing Sandrine Rousseau in particular .

“+ Woman, life, freedom +, a beautiful slogan, in France as elsewhere,” explained Valérie Boyer, urging “to have the courage and consistency, that is, let’s support Iranian women, but let’s support them too Signs of inferiority reject our country”.

“No one is free in a country where women are not free,” stressed socialist Laurence Rossignol, calling for “not to continue our Franco-French discussions (…) today, using the pretext of the revolt in Iran “.

Reference: www.challenges.fr

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