There are occasions when a news headline tells the entire story, leaving little else to be said – and this is one such occasion.
The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women claims to be ‘exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.’
While the rest of the world tries not to laugh out loud, this agency will now spend the next five years carrying out this mandate under the “guidance” of a country that believes women should not drive motor cars, but requires them to have a male guardian to make all material decisions on their behalf – because they cannot be empowered to run their own lives, far less have an influence on anyone else’s.
On Monday, the United Nations inexplicably elected Saudi Arabia to the Women’s Rights Commission…
Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch has said: “Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief.” I am not so sure. An arsonist would surely generate a lot of activity and create some meaningful work for the Fire Department to do.
Neuer continued, “This is a black day for women’s rights, and for all human rights. Saudi discrimination against women is gross and systematic in law and in practice. Every Saudi woman must have a male guardian who makes all critical decisions on her behalf, controlling a woman’s life from her birth until death. Saudi Arabia bans women from driving cars. Why did the U.N. choose the world’s leading promoter of gender inequality to sit on its gender equality commission?” Neuer concluded by adding, “Today the UN sent a message that women’s rights can be sold out for petro-dollars and politics and it let down millions of female victims worldwide who look to the world body for protection.”
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) April 24, 2017