Zoroastrian Delegation to Deliver Panel Discussion at United Nations HQ


NEW YORK, January 13, 2016 – FEZANA will be participating at the 60th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Conference to be held at the UN Headquarters in New York, USA.

Tanya Bharda, Ayesha Dumasia, Homi Gandhi, Farhad Malegam, Nurelle Mehta, Adina Mistry, Behram Pastakia, Delna Weil and Shekufeh Zonji from FEZANA will be representing the Zoroastrians at the UN.  The group will be presenting a panel discussion titled, “The Role of Women in Culture, Government Activity and the Economic Market in sustainable development.”
SustainableDevelopment FlyerThe rights and capabilities of half the world’s population (women) cannot be ignored considering global gender inequality which leads to the lack of women in decision-making positions. The workshop will discuss solutions to these problems to ensure a sustainable future not only for women but people worldwide. The workshop will also cover the role of governments in reforming the system from within and creating an environment within which inclusive and sustainable growth is experienced for women as well as the nation state.

The panel discussion details are:

Date:       Monday, March 14th, 2016

Time:       10:30 AM

Location: CUNY Graduate Centre, Room 2, 365 5th Avenue, New York, NY


About United Nations

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About Zoroastrians

Zoroastrians have long served as effective bridge builders in interfaith dialogue as they see from their own faith, traditions of truth, righteousness, charity, beneficence and respect for creation reflected in traditions of the religions of both the occident and the orient. Zoroastrianism, founded circa 1500 BCE, is credited to be one of the oldest monotheistic religion, influencing post-exilic Judaism, which adopted some Zoroastrian beliefs such as the ultimate victory of good over evil and the resurrection of souls. These percepts were then transmitted through Judaism to Christianity, and later to Islam. Zoroastrianism flourished as the imperial religion of three Persian empires, those of the Achaemenians, Parthians and Sasanians, and was the dominant religion from Turkey, and eastward to China during those times. North America’s Zoroastrian community includes those who arrived from the Indian subcontinent, known as Parsis, and those who came directly from Iran seeking religious freedom.



Founded in 1987, FEZANA serves as the coordinating body for 27 Zoroastrian associations throughout the United States and Canada. FEZANA promotes the study, understanding and practice of the Zoroastrian faith in North America., represents the interests of its member associations, and carries out philanthropic and charitable activities worldwide. The FEZANA Journal, FEZANA’s publication of record, circulates to Zoroastrian households in more than 22 countries, as well as to scholars, academicians and religious organizations worldwide. For more information visit: www.fezana.org.



FEZANA Contacts:

Afreed Mistry, FEZANA NGO Main Representative for UN DPI, afreed.mistry@gmail.com, Mobile: +1-416-302-9754

Nurelle Mehta, FEZANA UN NGO Committee, nurellem7@gmail.com, Mobile: +1-289-697-3315

FEZANA represents a diverse and growing Zarathushti community in North America.

Guided by the blessings of AHURA MAZDA and the teachings of our Prophet Zarathushtra; the Federation was founded in 1987 It serves as the coordinating body for 26 Zoroastrian Associations and 14 Corresponding Groups in the United States and Canada.

The activities of FEZANA are conducted in a spirit of mutual respect, co-operation and unity amongst all Member associations, and with due regard for the principles of GOODNESS, TRUTH, REASON, BENEVOLENCE, IMPLICIT TRUST and CHARITY towards all Mankind.

:+: Baname Khoda Kshnothro Ahura Mazda