With a new installation, Eyes on Iran, as a backdrop, Hillary Clinton appealed for the support of women’s rights around the world.
by David Stone
Featured Image: Shirin Neshat, Offered Eyes, 1993. Photo by Austin Paz. Courtesy For Freedoms State Park
“We all struggle and we all have a right to be free and equal. Yet we know this is not easy,” Clinton said.
Even before her days as a Senator, Hillary Clinton stood tall for women’s rights. It was a foundation for her time as Secretary of State under Barrack Obama.
She brought that powerful resume to FDR Four Freedoms State Park on Roosevelt Island. This is where she launched her 2016 campaign for president. But now she was back with a broader concern.
Eyes on Iran
After decades of steady, if uneven growth internationally, women’s rights have come under a furious assault. From growing suppression in Iran and Afghanistan to “…the women here in the United States fighting for our bodily autonomy.”
“I’m saying to the people who control Iran, who have suppressed freedom, not for religion and ideology as they claim but for the sheer raw exercise of power: listen to your people.”
As reported in The National News, Clinton spoke out at a press preview for the new Eyes on Iran installation in FDR Four Freedoms State Park.
She brought with her a call to action. She challenged other countries to “match the courage” of Iranians and boot Iran from the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Earlier this month, Vice President Kamala Harris announced a draft resolution that would accomplish that. It will be up for a vote on December 14th at the U.N.
Eyes on Iran remains on view on Roosevelt Island through the end of December.