‘UN apathy on Palestinian woes sad’

PressTV – Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:58AM

A file photo of the UN building
Iranian lawmaker Fatemeh Ajorlou has criticized the United Nation’s ‘apathetic’ attitude toward the suffering of Palestinian women and children under the Israeli occupation.

Speaking at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York on Thursday, Ajorlou said, “The grave condition of [Palestinian] women and children in the occupied territories and the violence against them is undoubtedly the biggest tragedy in women’s affair in our times.”

The Iranian legislator made the comments upon the launch of the UN women agency during the fifty-fifth session of the CSW at the UN headquarters.

The two-week session, which will run until March 4, has convened to discuss the emerging role technology and education play in empowering women and girls.

The Iranian delegation at the UN women conference is making an effort to advance the role of women and draw the world’s attention to the current situation of Palestinian women and children.

Ajorlou also voiced criticism about the UN’s approach to the Palestinian issue and said, “We cannot politicize human rights. We know that Palestinian women and girls are part of society. Therefore the international community should consider their rights.”

Her remarks come a week after that the United States vetoed a draft statement at the UN Security Council, which sought to condemn Israel’s illegal settlement activities.

Ajorlou further said that the Iranian government is boosting the role of women in the country and their aspirations for government jobs.

She said the Iranian government has increased the maternity leave for female Iranian workers to six months and boosted efforts to reduce the mortality rate of new mothers and babies.

Last year, the Commission on the Status of Women concluded its session, advocating equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including equal care in the context of HIV/AIDS and proper financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women.

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