Send women ambassadors to Saudi Arabia, Iran, Nobel winner tells Europe

The European countries should send woman ambassadors to countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran where the ruling establishment follows discriminatory policies against women, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and human rights advocate Shirin Ebadi has said here.

This idea was proposed during an international conference on "Women, power and politics: The road to sustainable democracy" on November 14 and 15 by Ebadi - born and raised in Iran.

Ebadi joined prominent women's rights activists from all over the world in giving a call to the international community to support women in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Syria, countries that have severe gender inequality.

"My advice to European governments is to send woman ambassadors to countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran," She pointed out at the conference.

"In this way, the Saudi King will be obliged to speak to these ambassadors. Similarly, imagine 20 woman ambassadors in front of the Iran President. It will be a beautiful sight. Please help us," Ebadi further told the conference, which was organised by the Forum for Women and Development (FOKUS) and the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) and funded by the Norwegian government.

The conference was held to mark the centenary of women's Right to Vote in Norway.

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