Saudi Arabia was elected to the UN women’s rights commission, which proves once again the United Nations is not serious about promoting human rights causes.
Five EU states apparently voted in secret ballots to grant Saudi Arabia a four-year term with the women’s rights commission.
Check it out:
The kingdom is now one of 45 countries sitting on a panel “promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women,” according to the UN.
The ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom has a state policy of gender segregation between men and women who are not related.
“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,” said Hillel Neuer, director of UN Watch. “Saudi Arabia also bans women from driving cars.
Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark defended the action, stating that it’s important to support activists within the country who are working to create change.
“Things are changing, but slowly,” she said.
Reactions on Twitter fall in line with much of the outrage that has occurred since the news was announced:
Perfect. The absolute champion of women's rights. The stupidity is overwhelming. Or the the big picture is terrifying. Take your pick.
— stingercreekstudio (@stingercreekstu) April 25, 2017
Can't wait to see the gender profile of their delegation.
— Egonface (@IanCrane12) April 25, 2017
I've lived there. This is a travesty.
— JHam (@jhamATL) April 25, 2017
Saudi women can't drive, can't vote, can't own property, can't leave house without male family members. Yea makes total sense
— Chris O'Toole (@ChisToole) April 25, 2017