Excerpts from the speech by Theresa Villiers, member of parliament, UK - Free Iran 2018
I am so grateful to be able to address this gathering for the second year in the row to support the cause for a free and democratic future for Iran. I'm proud to be standing shoulder to shoulder with so many other elected representative from around the world who have gathered here to show support for the Iranian people and the their struggle for justice and their freedom. Many speakers today have paid tribute to those who have come out to the streets of Tehran and other cities over the last few months to protest. I want to specially to highlight the Iranian women who are risking so much to be part of a movement, which is calling for change and reform and democracy. These of women who bravely stand in the face of repressive security forces and chant "Down with the Dictator."….
They are prepared to stand up for their right and equality and dignity, even if this could lead to harassment and risk of reprisal from a brutal regime.
In the United Kingdom this year, we are celebrating the 100 years since legislation was passed to give women the vote for the first time. So I feel it is fitting for me to stand before you and share your appeal for freedom for women in Iran.
Let us all hope that one day Mrs. Rajavi would be able to put into effect her 10-point plan. And finally we would see in Iran which is free of the brutal repression of the mullahs, free of the cruelty and human rights abuse to which has been subjected for far too long. And free at last to pursue a democratic future where men and women have equal chance to follow their dream, make their own choices and succeed in which ever field of life they want to.