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Amnesty International Middle East and North Africa campaigning for International Women's Day 8 March

    March 05, 2012

    Amnesty International is calling on its supporters to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March by taking action in solidarity with women in the Middle East and North Africa. Thousands of individual actions are expected to be taken, with a focus on four countries – Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen.  

    Iran: The organization’s members will call on Iranian authorities to release Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prisoner of conscience and human rights lawyer who is serving a six-year jail sentence at Tehran’s Evin Prison.

    Saudi Arabia: The organization is calling on people around the world to share images and messages of solidarity with Saudi Arabian women activists and support them in their “drive to freedom” campaign to overturn the country’s ban on women driving:

    •  View Saudi Arabian women must drive their way to freedom, a short film produced by Amnesty International which can be embedded:


    Syria: on 6 March Amnesty International is asking people around the world to take part in a letter-writing campaign to urge Asma al-Assad to use her influence to end the ongoing violence and human rights violations committed against Syrian women human rights activists.


    • View The First Lady silent on Syria's human rights record, a short film produced by Amnesty International which can be embedded:


    Yemen: Amnesty International is asking its members to write to Yemen’s transitional authorities urging them to consult with and work with women human rights activists to bring an end to discriminatory laws and practices, including violence against women, in the country.

    Beth Berton-Hunter,
    Media Relations,
    Amnesty International Canada
    416-363-9933, ext. 332