IABA & Coalition Welcome UN Decision to Remove Iran from Commission on Status of Women


The Iranian American Bar Association (IABA) and coalition of Iranian American organizations welcome a decision by the United Nations to expel Iran from the body’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), an arm of the UN which is committed to gender equality and women empowerment. The coalition includes IABA, Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), Center for Human Rights in Iran, and PARS Equality Center.

The decision to expel Iran from the CSW comes after the Iranian American community and allies rallied together to call on the United Nations to take action in support of the brave women and men of Iran who are standing up in protest for their rights and freedom. In late October, a letter calling on the UN to remove Iran from the CSW was organized by leading experts on Iran and women’s issues including exemplary women such as Shirin Ebadi, Mahnaz Afkhami, Hillary Clinton, Nazanian Boniadi, and more.

The Iranian government has a lengthy record of violating human rights and women’s rights. IABA and coalition members continue to condemn the violence towards women, including in the ongoing crackdown on peaceful protesters which has led to hundreds of injuries and deaths.