Iranian human rights organizations and the Nobel Women’s Initiative are calling for the institution of a yearly ‘Day for Mothers in Prison’. The groups say that the fundamental rights and needs of mothers who are imprisoned—such as access to their children—are not typically respected around the world. Naming a day for these women would ensure the global human rights community would have an annual opportunity to focus on the conditions faced by mothers in prison and advocate for their rights.
The signatories of the statement have chosen July 17th as the day to be added to the calendar of civic struggles. This day was chosen as it is the anniversary of the day that Iranian human rights lawyer and mother, Narges Mohammadi, bid her children farewell as she sent them out of the country for their safety. The statement asks advocates to join in registering July 17th as the Day for Mothers in Prison and act on behalf of the countless mothers who are suffering in jail.
Read more about Narges Mohammadi and other Iranian political prisoners.