A Commission of Inquiry, sent by the International Women's Rights Committee, has returned to Paris after a four-day fact-finding mission to Iran.
A Commission of Inquiry, sent by the International Women's Rights Committee, has returned to Paris after a four-day fact-finding mission to Iran. The delegation was sent to investigate if women's rights had been violated by the Islamic Revolutionary government. A member of the group said they felt the mission had been a success, and their findings would be published in a special report.
SYNOPSIS: The delegation, which arrived at Roissy airport, near Paris, on Thursday (22 March), included French publisher Claude Servan-Schreiber.
The women arrived in Teheran after American feminist Kate Millett was expelled for participating in street demonstrations against Moslem rules governing women's conduct and dress. But the delegation was not restricted, as Mayor Gispand of Dreux, explained to reporters.
Mayor Gispand said that the International Committee for Women's Rights felt that they had completed their four-day mission successfully. She said they, the feminists, were able to meet dozens of women in Iran, including leaders of organisations created since the beginning of the revolution.
Ms Gispand said that members of the Committee for Women's Rights had also held meetings with the Ayatollah Khomeiny, Ayatollah Taleirany and the Prime Minister, Dr. Mehdi Bazargan. She said it was clear that the revolutionary process is continuing, and that women are playing a considerable role in its evolution.
The women of Iran, said Ms Gispand, are concerned about their situation and their future within an Islamic Republic. She said members of the visiting committee believed that the fate of the Iranian society, and especially that of women, could be determined in coming weeks.