Iran’s election is about as ridiculous as the U.N. electing Saudi Arabia to be on women’s rights council.
You read the headline correctly and no, it’s not real. In fact, this fake news headline is so fake it would make Brian Williams jealous. It would be a travesty. A cruel joke. I can’t even think of all the outrageous adjectives to describe the moral outrage that would orbit the twitter-verse.
Then it made me think. How much more ridiculous was the United Nations commission that promotes gender equality and empowerment of women elected Saudi Arabia to the women’s rights council?
Nope, I didn’t stutter.
Saudi Arabia will now be able to share their wisdom on their amazing record of protecting women’s rights. For those of you unfamiliar with their policies and rules, I’ll list a few that completely coincide with Western philosophy and the United States of America.
— Women cannot work without the permission of their male guardian.
Yep, Saudi women have to have male guardians until they get married. Those guardians are a father, uncle or brother. Don’t worry though, that might not last more than a decade since it’s considered permissible, by the conservative Saudis, to marry at the age of 10. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love buying a wedding gift for a 10 year old?
–Women are not permitted to drive a vehicle.
— Women are not allowed to vote.
— A women’s testimony in court is only worth half that of a man’s testimony. You know, because they’re not fully human.
— Women need permission from their guardians to seek medical attention.
— Women need permission to travel.
— If a woman is physically abused by her husband, she needs his permission to report it to the proper authorities.
— Women who are raped get punished by getting whipped with a cane. You know, because getting raped was their own fault.
As you can tell by these standard Western practices, they should be a fantastic asset to the United Nations. Their wisdom and implementation of ‘women’s rights’ will ensure the safety and well-being of women around the world.
In January, thousands and thousands of women crowded Washington D.C. to march and shine a light on the inequality women face in this country. It was also a referendum of their disapproval of the election of President Trump.
I wonder if we have comparison photos of the women’s march in January versus the crowd of angry women protesting President Clinton’s Oval Office sexual escapades with a young female intern. Wait, what? There weren’t any protests or marches?
I’m sure today’s champions for women, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued statements pointing out the hypocrisy of the U.N.
I couldn’t find any quotes from these representatives denouncing the secret ballot votes that elected the Saudis to the women’s rights council. Maybe Warren is too busy trying to spin the revelation that she pays her female staffers less than her male staffers.
Pelosi traveled to Saudi Arabia in 2007 and paid a visit to the un-elected Saudi advisory council. She sat in the comparable seat that she held as Speaker even though women weren’t allowed to hold legislative positions. According to The Jerusalem Post, she was asked if she brought up women’s rights issues at a meeting with the male-only council members.
“The issue has been brought up in our discussions with the Saudis on this trip,” said Pelosi.
That was 10 years ago.
Rothna Begum, a Middle East women’s rights researcher for Human Rights Watch said, “How can Saudi Arabia seek to promote women’s rights globally, when at home they continue to severely discriminate against women, treating them as permanent legal minors?”
Although only referring to human rights and not women’s rights, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley singled out North Korea and Syria as countries where human rights violations are frequent and systematic.
“It is no surprise that the world’s most brutal regimes are also the most ruthless violators of human rights,” Haley said.
She did not refer to rights violations in U.S. allies such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey.
Haley didn’t respond to the Saudis election to the women’s rights council and didn’t disclose what countries voted them in. Shouldn’t we know who voted? How can we complain or hold countries publicly accountable for their vote?
Simple — it’s U. N. policy not to comment on secret votes at the U.N. so we as a public are kept in the dark. Sounds like a fair way of conducting business — if you live in Venezuela.
How do you expect individuals who utilize common sense to take the United Nations seriously? Why are these votes by secret ballot?
This headline isn’t that farfetched. Maybe Iran will be voted in to maintain the National Holocaust Museum. I know that’s not a real position but you get the point. Maybe Iran is too busy comparing women’s oppression strategies with the newly elected Saudis. After all, Iran has been on the women’s rights council since 2010.
Maybe members of the U.N. who oppose this vote will wear vagina hats at the next session. That seems to accomplish a lot in this country.