President, Attending Conference on Combating Violence against Women, Calls for Following Implementation of Law on Women's Rights and Passing Yazidi Women Survivors Law Sent by the Presidency to Parliament

2020/09/19

 
   President Salih delivered a speech today in Baghdad at the Twelfth International Conference on Combating Violence against Women.
In his address, the President stressed the need to follow up the implementation of laws on women's rights and to continue legislation in this regard. He called for passing Yazidi women survivors law sent by the Presidency to Parliament as it needs to be extended to cover other segments of the population. He noted that from his position as the President and his personal endeavors, he will continue supporting Women to guarantee their full rights.
But on the other hand, he confirmed the importance of working on re-establishing respect for the prestige of the State and imposing the rule of law. He underlined that achieving reforms requires a supportive political climate which cannot be achieved without serious political will in conducting free and fair elections. To this end, elections should be free from using weapons and fraud in a way that secures the rights of people to self -determination freely without interference.
Furthermore, His Excellency highlighted that there is, however, no room for complacency in holding corrupt officials accountable and those who hamper the State's efforts to build a sovereign and capable State that is able to impose the rule of the law, serve citizens and harness national resources for the development of the country.
President Salih's speech is as the following:
"In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

First of all, I would like to warmly thank His Eminence Ammar Al-Hakim for having invited us to attend this conference which had been called for by His Eminence Abdel Al-Ziz Al-Hakim, may he rest in peace. That is a very significant initiative to determine a great important part of our history and an important entitlement to undertake reforms in our country.
The Prime Minister,
The Speaker of the Council of Representatives,
 Ladies and gentlemen,
Peace, mercy and blessings of Allah upon you.
 In this annual event, which recalls a part of tyranny throughout history; we are all in front of an attitude in which women express the honor of challenge and confrontation with dignity.
This anniversary brings us back to a stance showing us the women's suffering and her heroism at the same time.
It is the attitude of the strongest lady of Karbala Zainab bint Ali (peace be upon them) after the battle of Karbala. She found herself to face up the challenges of being the mother, father, sister and brother of all those, who remain with her, from the family of the Prophet (P.B.U.H).
The calamity of the Battle of Karbala has not weakened Hazrat Zainab bint Ali (R.A); the traumatic effects of the disaster and the captivity did not confuse her. She has not wavered in her commitment toward her responsibilities. Her courageous position and her rare rhetoric to stand against the atrocities of Yazid were immortal examples for heroism and altruism.
Ladies and gentlemen, we commemorate this anniversary that is a matter of half society who is the most giving, more generous and sacrifices. The half of human society who is more tolerant and is able to make life more humanity, more caring and more gentleness.  If anyone looks back at his personal history, he will see the mother, sister, wife, daughter and granddaughter at the heart of this history, and he will also see bright memories having generosity, warmth and kindness and the ultimate sacrifices.
In parallel with this bright future and timeless love which had been maintained by women, there is another history, which is a black stain on the history that women have been subjected to, and endured injustice, violence, coercion, hatred, contempt, pejorative attitude towards women based on gender and injustice women because they are women.
The diagnosis and condemnation of the problem is the first step in making progress on finding a solution that guarantees women's rights, which are in reality the rights of all populations.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Much of the road still remains ahead of us.
It is true that our society broke the customs and traditions inherited from generation to generation, but achieving more progress towards freedom from outdated traditions remains essential and imperative in favour of women rights and progress of society as a whole.
Today, we are meeting here with a number of women of various components, Yazidis, Turkmens and Shabak, who have been cared for by divine intervention, and survived the brutality of terrorism. There are women who have been killed, lost, injured or subjected to various forms of assaults by criminals. Therefore, this prompts us to consider steps and work at various levels in order to bring them justice and to hold offenders accountable.
The progress achieved in the legislation should not be rolled back. We should keep continuing legislative work that considers the international rights and conventions signed by Iraq as fundamental and crucial steps. From this platform, I call once again for updating the Yazidi women survivors law, which has already been sent by the Presidency to Parliament, to be extended to cover other segments of the population.
In this regard, we believe that serious and responsible follow up on applying the law and on adhering to the women's rights is vital and urgently needed. To this end, judicial and executive institutions, civil social organizations, women and men activists have to stand together for women's rights.
Ladies and gentlemen,
We are in a country that was still in the process of establishing its democratic experiment. It is an experiment based on guaranteeing the freedoms and rights contained in our current constitution.  Stalling on taking any action, which would impede the fundamental human rights of women, or renouncing the legislations guaranteeing women's rights will be like giving up on the promise of democracy and freedoms that our people made ultimate sacrifices for.
I salute this renewed enthusiasm for women's issues.
I hail the efforts made by women and men activists who seek to work for freedom, progress and construction. We wish that all these efforts would be successful.
All our efforts, whether in our official position in the state or in our personal endeavors will remain faithful and sincere, God willing, to ensure the full rights of women.
We aspire, seek and work to re-establish respect for the prestige of the state and impose the rule of the law at all levels. Achieving reforms and its national entitlement require a supportive political climate which cannot be achieved without serious political will in conducting free and fair elections. To these end, elections should be free from using weapons and fraud in a way that secures the rights of people to self -determination freely without interference in addition to facilitating its launching into addressing the shortcomings in the structure of the current political system.
Yes, we have many challenges, but this is our duty to do the best for our people.  It's the least we can do for those who sacrificed their pure blood to achieve reforms, build and re-establish respect for the prestige of the State.
Certainly, there is no room for complacency in holding corrupt officials accountable and those who hamper the State's efforts to build a sovereign and capable State that is able to impose the rule of the law, serve citizens and harness national resources for the development of the country.
I reiterate my thanks and appreciation for this noble effort and endeavors to guarantee women's rights as well as upgrading women's capability in the society through effective events such as this conference.
Peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you."


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