President Nechirvan Barzani‘s Statement on International Women’s Day

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, March 7, 2020

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani extends his best wishes to women in Kurdistan and around the world in a statement released on the eve of the International Women’s Day. Below is the full statement:

On the International Women’s Day, I would like to congratulate women in Kurdistan and around the world. I also congratulate all public and non-governmental organizations, institutions and activists who have had decisive roles in protecting the rights of women in Kurdistan and promoting gender equality. I wish them continued success in their work.

Women in Kurdistan have always had an influential role in different aspects of the struggle in the past. Today, they continue to have an active role in all the institutions of the Kurdistan Region. The increased role of women in all sectors is an important indicator of the strength of the principles of gender equality in Kurdistan.

Women have been the main victims of violence; especially in the wars and tragedies that have befallen our people. Nevertheless, no tragic event has ever been able to deprive Kurdistan’s women of their dignity, nor has it been able to shake their will, honor or resilience.

In the Kurdistan Region, we have always considered equality and women rights as human rights and principles of democracy, and we have taken concrete steps in that regard. It is imperative that this view of equality and the rights of women is reflected in the curriculum of all grades in our schools.

I would also like to take the opportunity to draw the attention of my fellow citizens to a pressing issue. It is our common duty and responsibility to protect ourselves and our community from coronavirus and prevent its spread in the Kurdistan Region.

As we appreciate the relentless efforts of all relevant authorities in containing the outbreak, I would also like to encourage all my fellow citizens to help implement and follow the preventive measures regarding the coronavirus and see it as their human, patriotic and religious duty to protect themselves and others from infection.

Once again, I extend my congratulations on the International Women’s Day and salute all heroic women of our nation who sacrificed their lives for our country and the rights of our people.

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