WASHINGTON, DC- The London Center for Policy Research will be holding a forum entitled: The Cry of Women: What are the Main Challenges Women Face Today and How to Overcome Them?
This event will take place on March 7, 2018 from 12:00 PM-1:30 PM at the U.S. Capitol Building (Room HVC-201AB). Lunch will be served, and the event is free. Registration is required to attend. Please see link at the bottom of this release for registration.
A topic that has been left out of the “Me Too” movement is the abuse of women in countries other than the U.S.
This event will focus on women of the Middle East and their standing within their culture. Each panelist has witnessed some form of discrimination and/or repression in these societies. They will discuss the issues the women of their countries are facing today.
Reporters will have the opportunity to ask questions of speakers who are in constant communication with women from the countries they will be discussing. For example, Ninar Keyrouz was in Lebanon in December. While there she learned that 12 women died in one month as victims of domestic violence. This is a unique opportunity to obtain firsthand information concerning a group that has been overlooked in recent talk about sexual harassment and abuse.
The panelists will include:
Rabia Kazan (Turkey)
A veteran journalist in her own country, Turkey, Rabia Kazan went to Iran in 2007 and witnessed child marriages, women trafficking and wed leases. She wrote a book on women’s condition in Tehran titled Tahran Melekleri or The Angels of Tehran, which was about Nikah mut’ah. Her book has become a bestseller in Turkey but she received various threats after it got published.
She moved to the U.S. in 2010 and worked for the World Federation of United Nations Associations at the U.N. Ms. Kazan decided to remove her hijab in 2012, which she was forced to wear at the age of seven. After removing her hijab, she started working as a writer and women’s rights activist at The International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA), based in Switzerland.
Aynaz Anni Cyrus (Iran)
Anyaz Anni Cyrus an American-Iranian Human rights activist, journalist, producer and freedom fighter.
A child bride in her home country of Iran, abused and imprisoned as a teen, she escaped to America and now advocates for women and girls suffering under Sharia. She works to protect and defend the rights of those under the oppression of Sharia everywhere. She speaks out against such practices as child bride marriage, female genital mutilation, honor killings and application of sharia that justifies a beating and rape.
Ninar Keyrouz (Lebanon)
Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, Ninar Keyrouz is a film producer and a media and PR specialist with a degree in film production from the Lebanese American University. In 2015, she produced the award-winning documentary Our Last Stand which showed through the eyes of a Syrian American Christian woman, the plight of Christians in Syria and Iraq under the persecution of ISIS. The feature documentary screened in major cities in the U.S. and Europe including screenings at 4 E.U. parliaments. Ms. Keyrouz is the director of media and communications with In Defense of Christians, a Washington D.C. advocacy group whose mission is to protect Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East. She is fluent in English, Arabic, French and Assyrian (modern Aramaic).
Moderator: Erica Saghar Kasraie
Erica Saghar Kasraie is an Iranian born American Middle East expert, activist and a voice for religious minorities especially women and children. She has worked as an Executive Director of the Iranian Freedom Institute and has traveled around the world educating citizens and lawmakers about the atrocities in Iran. As a research assistant for the Iran Civil Society Outreach at the School of Culture and Security at the Institute of World Politics she reached out to U.S. lawmakers on the Iranian youth movement. She has a B.S. in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University and has worked as a laboratory scientist for the FBI. She has been a guest contributor to Fox News Channel, CBN, Alhurra TV and Secure Freedom Radio.