Fox News reports:
the United States and human rights groups to Tehran’s treatment of women.
But the U.N. accepted the bid of Saudi Arabia, which is also opposed by human rights groups.
Iran, which has been criticized for its record on women’s rights, received only 19 votes — short of the necessary 28 votes for approval.
In recent months, Iran sparked an international outcry by sentencing to death by stoning a woman convicted of adultery.
In Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to drive and are barred from many facilities used by men.
As I’m sure I don’t have to tell you, SAUDI ARABIA’s record on women’s rights is beyond abysmal:
Women are the victims of systematic discrimination in Saudi Arabia. Domestic violence and rape are widespread problems, and women have no redress when victimized by such crimes. Nor can women travel, be admitted to a hospital, or drive a car without their husbands’ permission. Buses are segregated, and women must sit in the rear. Women not wearing an abaya (a black garment covering the entire body) and covering their faces and hair are harassed by the Mutawwa’in.
Saudi women are discriminated against as well by laws governing property ownership, testimony in court, inheritance, and child custody in cases of divorce. Comprising only five percent of the nation’s work force, Saudi women find it nearly impossible to find employment in any but the lowest-level jobs. Also, female genital mutilation is practiced legally in some parts of Saudi Arabia.
Atlas Shrugs listed off some specific examples of abuse:
This defies western logic, but not the agenda of the OIC-driven, sharia compliant UN. Saudi Arabia, where a 32-year-old woman is jailed for disobeying her father, where a pregnant gang-rape victim is sentenced to 100 lashes for committing adultery, where women are not allowed to drive, where women are lashed for being in the company of any male who is not a relative, where a 75-year-old could be flogged for breaching sex segregation rules, where a Saudi father weds his daughter, 10, to an 80-year-old pervert: “according to the shari’a his marriage is legal as long as the girl’s father consents,” where a child bride is turned back over to her 80-year-old husband……….. must I go on?
Why yes to Saudi Arabia and no to Iran is anyone’s guess, but Atlas’ animated gif perhaps offers a clue.
Somehow, to the geniuses at the UN, allowing representatives from this unbelievably oppressive regime to sit on their Women’s Rights panel makes sense. I think that the liberal thinking is that if oppressive regimes are given this wonderful privilege, they will strive to be nicer.
As Bani Dugal, a member of Gender Equality Architecture Reform, said before the vote:
…board membership could encourage Saudi Arabia and Iran to repeal restrictive and discriminatory laws against women.
Hey, why not give each country a big trophy and a coupon for a free pizza at Pizza Hut, too?
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