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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  • Susan Westberg
    signed 2017-09-02 11:10:53 -0400
    We should know where people vote, transparency is the key.
  • Pablo Zambrano
    signed 2017-08-14 01:00:17 -0400
  • karlene mbler
    signed 2017-08-13 13:26:58 -0400
  • John Gonsalves
    signed 2017-08-11 03:21:58 -0400
  • Irene Danysh
    signed 2017-08-06 18:39:44 -0400
  • Stacey Rothman
    signed 2017-08-06 15:28:55 -0400
  • Vince Hamon
    signed 2017-07-29 20:38:44 -0400
    American companies working in Saudi Arabia should not be allowed to discriminate. For example, Starbucks’s stores have a gender wall separating man and women.
  • M. Fishler
    signed 2017-07-27 09:51:01 -0400
  • Theresa Bergherr
    signed 2017-07-23 15:50:18 -0400
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  • Diana Dorer
    signed 2017-07-23 14:59:00 -0400
  • Rev Crow Swimsaway PhD
    signed 2017-07-15 13:16:32 -0400
  • E. Bonet
    signed 2017-07-15 11:17:10 -0400
  • Vince Hamon
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-07-14 12:56:47 -0400
    Tell US Ambass to UN Nikki Haley to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the status of women in the country! @codepink
  • Farwah Raza
    signed 2017-07-12 07:13:45 -0400
  • Melody Heart
    signed 2017-07-11 16:36:18 -0400
  • farzad qmehr
    signed 2017-07-08 15:13:13 -0400
  • Sara Schoorl
    signed 2017-07-03 10:32:17 -0400
    The UN is supposed to be above politics and professes to be a humanitarian org.By choosing Saudí Arabia to be on this commission given its extreme oppression/ segregation of women is abandoning their mission to support and lift women and girls from oppression and degradation worldwide.It is shameful.The UN and the countries that voted for SA are condoning violence against humanity because what affects women affects children.
  • aida port4eneuve
    signed 2017-07-02 03:17:06 -0400
  • Jane Chischilly
    signed 2017-06-29 08:42:37 -0400
    The membership of the UN should be ASHAMED. The WORST IN HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE WORST ABUSERS/OPPRESSORS OF WOMEN, Saudi Arabia should be condemned and sanctioned but are given seats on councils UTTERLY OBSCENE.
  • Briana Espitalier
    signed 2017-06-28 11:49:32 -0400
  • Diane Williamson
    signed 2017-06-18 19:56:03 -0400
  • Mary Girard
    signed 2017-06-17 09:01:34 -0400
  • Linda Sutherland
    signed 2017-06-09 12:47:17 -0400
  • Carlos Cunha
    signed 2017-06-08 18:44:56 -0400
  • nancy jones
    signed 2017-06-07 11:13:52 -0400
  • Chris Greenwood
    signed 2017-06-06 16:38:18 -0400
    Unbelievably stupid of the UN to do this.
  • Linda C Jones
    signed 2017-06-04 21:58:58 -0400
  • Matt Hugo
    signed 2017-06-03 14:54:41 -0400
  • Leigh Clark
    signed 2017-05-31 21:45:47 -0400
  • Nancy H. Twiss
    signed 2017-05-31 17:02:05 -0400
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