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  • Writer's pictureLeah Taylor Roy

"Say Her Name"

Updated: Nov 16, 2022

Madam Speaker, “Say her name.”

Social media continue to call on us to name the women who have been

murdered. In Iran, they are Mahsa Amini and Neda Agha Soltan, and there are

many more whose names have not yet been said. These murders and other

violence perpetuated against the women of Iran are in part due to

restrictions of their rights and freedoms. In Afghanistan, freedoms that

were entrenched in law for decades have been stripped away from women.

Closer to home, we need only look south of our border to see women’s rights

being rolled back. Unfortunately the list of countries and regions where

women are currently being targeted is too extensive to list here, and the

trend is getting worse.

We applaud the Iranian people who are protesting these atrocious and

misogynistic policies. They are bravely protesting at their own peril, and

we and others around the world are joining them in their indignation and

anger. I am proud that our Prime Minister has spoken out against and placed

sanctions on those responsible for the murder of Mahsa Amini.

I am asking that all of us in this House take a stand against the

gender-based violence and repression being perpetuated against them in Iran

and everywhere. We must all speak up and say their names.

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