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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  • Lauryn Galindo
    signed via 2017-04-25 07:46:00 -0400
  • Simone Beach
    signed 2017-04-25 07:38:48 -0400
  • Liz Dunford
    signed 2017-04-25 06:32:50 -0400
  • Lily Pink
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  • Kathleen Cooper
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  • Cynde McCloskey
    signed 2017-04-24 22:33:49 -0400
  • Suzann Finch
    signed 2017-04-24 22:11:40 -0400
  • Joan Cerceo
    signed 2017-04-24 21:47:46 -0400
  • Syed Shirazi
    signed 2017-04-24 21:23:18 -0400
  • Patricia Neer
    signed 2017-04-24 21:06:01 -0400
  • Linda Hardesty
    signed 2017-04-24 20:49:14 -0400
  • Elizabeth Wright
    signed via 2017-04-24 20:37:10 -0400
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  • Mary Lucchese
    signed 2017-04-24 20:02:37 -0400
  • Josie Lenwell
    signed via 2017-04-24 19:40:07 -0400
  • Jodie Evans
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-24 19:11:53 -0400
    This is outrageous! #SaudiArabia overseeing the UN Status of Women Say NO!
  • Jodie Evans
    @MsJodieEvans tweeted link to this page. 2017-04-24 19:11:51 -0400
    This is outrageous! #SaudiArabia overseeing the UN Status of Women Say NO! http://www.codepink.org/saudiarabia_women?recruiter_id=666217
  • Courtenay Chadwell-Gatz
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-24 18:35:18 -0400
    Tell US Ambass to UN Nikki Haley to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the status of women in the country! @codepink
  • Courtenay Chadwell-Gatz
    signed 2017-04-24 18:33:59 -0400
    Courtenay Chadwell-Gatz
  • Florence Dacey
    signed 2017-04-24 18:29:28 -0400
  • Rick and Sharon Norlund
    signed 2017-04-24 18:09:35 -0400
    Rick and Sharon Norlund
  • Jean Tosh
    signed 2017-04-24 16:48:21 -0400
  • Olympia Foster
    signed 2017-04-24 16:36:00 -0400
    Olympia Foster
  • Edelle Rose
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-24 16:17:36 -0400
    Tell US Ambass to UN Nikki Haley to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the status of women in the country! @codepink
  • Edelle Rose
    signed 2017-04-24 16:17:14 -0400
  • David Larsen
    signed 2017-04-24 15:55:17 -0400
  • Tiana Brachel
    signed 2017-04-24 15:32:41 -0400
    The election of Saudi Arabia to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women would be laughable if it weren’t such an outrage. Haley, you are our public SERVANT. We pay your salary. Let us know how you voted on this issue.
  • Anne G. Woodhead
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-24 15:06:02 -0400
    Tell US Ambass to UN Nikki Haley to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the status of women in the country! @codepink
  • Anne G. Woodhead
    signed 2017-04-24 15:05:45 -0400
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  • Tadd Hess
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