Statement by NOW President Christian F. Nunes
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On this Human Rights Day, I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Narges Mohammadi for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2023. Her relentless fight against the oppression of women in Iran and her unwavering commitment to human rights under the slogan “Woman – Life – Freedom” embodies the spirit of resilience and courage.
Despite enduring personal sacrifices, including 13 arrests and a cumulative sentence of 31 years in prison along with 154 lashes inflicted by Iranian authorities, Narges’ dedication to challenging systemic discrimination against women is commendable.
The tragic incident of Mahsa Jina Amini’s death sparked a wave of protests, illustrating the urgent need for change in Iran’s theocratic regime. Narges’ leadership and the demonstrators’ collective cry for “Woman – Life – Freedom” symbolize a quest for equality and a dignified life for all Iranians.
Her activism against the death penalty, torture, and sexualized violence in prisons has been instrumental in shedding light on the dire situation for women in Iran. From within the confines of prison, Narges has continued to inspire others, emphasizing that unity strengthens the cause for justice and freedom.
We must remember that the fight for human rights is complex and interconnected. Human rights are not achieved in isolation but through the recognition of the diverse struggles faced by people of different races, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, and backgrounds.
Let us recognize that the fight for women’s rights is intricately woven into the broader fabric of human rights. Together, we can build a world where women like Nagres Mohammadi are not just commemorated with awards but treated with dignity and respect every day.