Monday, March 12, 2007

Promoting the 1Million Signature Campaign at South Bank University

A conference organised by the South Bank University Student Union, titled "The Empowerment of Women from the 1960's to the New Era" and the recent arrests of Iranian women campaigners, gave us an opportunity to raise awareness about the struggle of Iranian women and in particular about the one million signature campaign.

Speakers for the event included former First Lady of Ghana, Mrs Nana Rawlings, the local Lib Dem MP, Simon Hughes and the London based Persian Weekly correspondent Nazanin Ansari.

Participants were handed a brief outline of the recent arrests of women activists in Tehran before entering the lecture hall. Nazanin Ansari did an excellent job of outlining the challenges faced by Iranian women and how through peaceful non-violent means, Iranian women are fighting for their rights under extremely difficult conditions. Her speech was well received by the audience and nearly all the 100 people who attended, signed the petition and were keen to learn more about the plight of imprisoned activists in Iran.


More photos:


Lib Dem MP, Simon Hughes, Signing the petition:








































The South Bank University SU President, Victor, who gave us all the help he could



















Nazanin Ansari doing a fantastic job for Iranian women:



7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well done Potkin. That’s typical you, publishing news so fast and punctual.

Maryam

Ali said...

I have followed your blog for a while. I must admit I dont agree with everything you say, but you do amaze me. You do not just report something, when something happens you work out in your own way, how to react, support and publicise, outside Iran and then along with your friends you just do it.
You are not an organised opposition party but I think you and your friends do more than most Iranian political parties. Well done.

Anonymous said...

Hey I am sorry about the university SU's vice president, Ali Ghaffari, trying to cancel Nazanin Ansari's talk. I don't know what his problem was, but I am glad you put your foot down and the talk went ahead. We very much enjoyed her contribution.

Bita said...

Glad to know that our compatriots are doing what they can to make things happen!

serendip said...

Most excellent. Thank you.

winston said...

good job

Alison said...

Thanks for the heads up