By KayhanLife Staff
Every year, the United Nations marks 16 days of activism against gender-based violence from November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to December 10 (Human Rights Day), 2022, the so-called “Orange the World” campaign.
This year on December 10th, 2022 European Union’s diplomatic community in Toronto joined forces with the Diaspora Film Festival and the Iranian community in order to pay tribute to this campaign and raise awareness about the recent protests in Iran.
The speaker line up featured prominent Canadian parliamentarians including Ali Ehsassi, Chair of the Standing Committee of Foreign Affairs and International Development in Canada, Senator Ratna Omidvar and Ontario Minister for Women’s Social and Economic Opportunity Charmaine Williams. They were joined by Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Ramin Jahanbegloo and Nazenin Ansari. The conversation was moderated by Tina Yazdani.
The speakers addressed violence against women in Iran and discussed the current situation in Iran and what can be done by other democracies in the world in the context of the current regime.
The panel discussion was followed by the screening of Nasrin, a themed documentary directed by Jeff Kaufman. It is a secretly filmed personal portrait of Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. She has since been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes.
Video courtesy of Persian Mirror