The Status of Women in Saudi Arabia

To US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley:

We are appalled that Saudi Arabia, one of the worst human rights and women’s rights violators, was just elected to the UN Commission on the Status of Women in a vote cast by a secret ballot during a UN Economic and Social Council session. We call on you to tell us how you voted and to speak out publicly against this outrageous decision that makes a mockery of such an important commission and of the UN itself.

UN Women tasks this commission with addressing gender inequality and empowering women worldwide. The decision to allow Saudi Arabia to participate in this program is unimaginable as the World Economic Forum ranked the kingdom as 141 out of 143 countries on their Global Gender Gap Index in 2016.

Saudi Arabia, the most gender-segregated society in the world, has a horrendous track record when it comes to women’s freedom. The country follows a strict system of guardianship that requires a male relative’s permission for a woman to travel, attend school, obtain work, or even seek medical attention. Saudi Arabia is also the only country in the world to ban women from driving, a practice that severely limits women’s independence and autonomy.

As a public servant, you have a responsibility to tell us how you voted. We also believe you have a responsibility towards women around the world to make sure that the Saudi regime is not given a voice in a commission that is supposed to empower women.

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  • signed 2017-05-26 23:47:49 -0400
    Are you proud, Ms Ambassador! I’m not.
  • signed 2017-05-26 00:50:26 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-25 20:57:40 -0400
    Tell US Ambass to UN Nikki Haley to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the status of women in the country! @codepink
  • signed 2017-05-25 20:55:51 -0400
    It is beyond outrageous that Saudi Arabia could be on the UN Commission on the Status of Women. How could such hypocrisy pass without a serious challenge from any of the so called western democracies?
  • signed 2017-05-25 01:29:18 -0400
  • signed 2017-05-24 05:26:58 -0400
    Saudi Arabia’s patriarchal, religious war against women and LGBTQ is the war against the future, and the war has already been lost, because January 1st comes after December 31, but not vice versa; because the sociocultural evolution of human society is unidirectional. And even Trump’s Regime can’t help them to abolish the laws of evolution!
  • @aymanfadel tweeted link to this page. 2017-05-23 06:43:03 -0400
    Tell US Ambass to UN Nikki Haley to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the status of women in the country! @codepink http://www.codepink.org/saudiarabia_women?recruiter_id=429142
  • signed 2017-05-23 06:42:27 -0400
    Ayman H Fadel
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-22 18:58:44 -0400
    Tell US Ambass to UN Nikki Haley to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the status of women in the country! @codepink
  • signed 2017-05-22 18:57:49 -0400
    What?!!, this is insane!
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  • signed 2017-05-19 13:57:11 -0400
    You don’t have to be a woman to recognize the wrongness of this. (But it does help if you’re with a party that counts Feminism as one of its Key Values.)
  • signed 2017-05-18 04:22:35 -0400
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    Mary C. Perez
  • signed 2017-05-10 16:32:07 -0400
  • signed 2017-05-10 09:46:10 -0400
    It is outrageous to appoint Saudi Arabia to the UN Commission on the Status of Women, given it’s abhorrent policies and treatments of women. Such an appointment makes a mockery of the Commission.
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