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.

Who's signing

nancy jones
Chris Greenwood
Linda C Jones
Matt Hugo
Leigh Clark
Nancy Twiss
Robert Lulis
Marty Rajandran
Ishmaelah M
Lois Gagnon
Austin Tam
Sergey Petrov
Ayman Fadel
Lorrie Kennedy
Mark Casebier
Tim Chiavaroli
Professor Ochs
Nazaleen Mohaned
Stephanie Shepherd
John Anthony La Pietra
Anna Coccia
Connie Stomper
David Harris
S Jitreun
Mary Perez
Mary Stoll
Joan Higgs
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  • 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 Twiss
    signed 2017-05-31 17:02:05 -0400
  • Robert Lulis
    signed 2017-05-30 16:57:17 -0400
    Stand up against corruption
  • Marty Rajandran
    signed 2017-05-26 23:47:49 -0400
    Are you proud, Ms Ambassador! I’m not.
  • Ishmaelah M
    signed 2017-05-26 00:50:26 -0400
  • Lois Gagnon
    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
  • Lois Gagnon
    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?
  • Austin Tam
    signed 2017-05-25 01:29:18 -0400
  • Sergey Petrov
    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!
  • hossam fadel
    @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
  • Ayman Fadel
    signed 2017-05-23 06:42:27 -0400
    Ayman H Fadel
  • Lorrie Kennedy
    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
  • Lorrie Kennedy
    signed 2017-05-22 18:57:49 -0400
    What?!!, this is insane!
  • Mark Casebier
    signed 2017-05-22 15:27:38 -0400
  • Tim Chiavaroli
    signed 2017-05-22 09:04:46 -0400
  • Professor Ochs
    signed 2017-05-20 17:45:55 -0400
  • Nazaleen Mohaned
    signed 2017-05-20 12:16:58 -0400
  • Stephanie Shepherd
    signed 2017-05-19 15:15:41 -0400
  • John Anthony La Pietra
    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.)
  • Anna Coccia
    signed 2017-05-18 04:22:35 -0400
  • Connie Stomper
    signed 2017-05-18 03:50:28 -0400
  • David Harris
    signed 2017-05-17 14:48:03 -0400
  • S Jitreun
    signed 2017-05-17 07:15:57 -0400
  • Mary Perez
    signed 2017-05-13 13:40:17 -0400
    Mary C. Perez
  • Mary Stoll
    signed 2017-05-10 16:32:07 -0400
  • Joan Higgs
    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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