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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Sequoia Ferrel
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Ruth Priest
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Yanis Benekaa
Ira Gerard-DiBenedetto
Jo Millay
J. Alessi
Ramya Chellappa
Trisha Kiersey
Seda Z Arnold
nina riddel
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e kadera
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  • K S
    signed 2017-05-08 18:59:26 -0400
  • Sequoia Ferrel
    signed 2017-05-08 12:19:54 -0400
  • carey carey
    signed 2017-05-08 09:57:47 -0400
  • Maggie Huntington
    signed 2017-05-07 22:19:04 -0400
  • Scott Greenhaw
    signed 2017-05-07 22:11:43 -0400
  • Fabiola Sánchez
    signed via 2017-05-07 21:59:51 -0400
  • Chris Felice
    signed 2017-05-07 20:53:20 -0400
  • Tara carreon
    signed 2017-05-07 19:04:51 -0400
  • Ruth Priest
    signed 2017-05-07 14:46:54 -0400
  • Marie-Rose Niklaus-Raaflaub
    signed 2017-05-07 12:05:36 -0400
  • Craig Schaffer
    signed 2017-05-07 09:13:42 -0400
  • Yanis Benekaa
    signed 2017-05-07 08:52:16 -0400
  • Ira Gerard-DiBenedetto
    signed 2017-05-07 03:10:46 -0400
    HEY #NIKKIHALEYifyoulivedinSaudiArabia you would not be able to drive to your job, wait… would you even have a job? Because, you know, you’re a women… just saying!
  • Jo Millay
    signed 2017-05-06 20:30:22 -0400
  • J. Alessi
    signed 2017-05-06 10:15:59 -0400
  • Ramya Chellappa
    signed 2017-05-06 09:55:28 -0400
  • Trisha Kiersey
    signed 2017-05-06 07:29:58 -0400
  • Seda Z Arnold
    signed via 2017-05-06 02:45:10 -0400
  • nina riddel
    signed 2017-05-05 16:53:34 -0400
  • Nicole Waldron
    signed 2017-05-05 13:43:37 -0400
  • e kadera
    signed 2017-05-05 13:06:47 -0400
  • Walter Birdwell
    signed via 2017-05-05 10:29:16 -0400
    Saudi Arabia does not deserve to be a member of th UN Commission of the Status of Women. They have a lot of work to do on the status of women in their own country.
  • Lynn Abbott
    signed 2017-05-05 00:28:55 -0400
  • Inga Jaeger
    signed 2017-05-04 21:10:01 -0400
  • Patricia Fornera
    signed 2017-05-04 20:57:25 -0400
  • Susan Gibson
    signed 2017-05-04 19:43:52 -0400
  • Toby Blomé
    signed 2017-05-04 17:25:45 -0400
  • John Cook
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-04 01:17:16 -0400
    Tell US Ambass to UN Nikki Haley to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the status of women in the country! @codepink
  • John Cook
    signed 2017-05-04 01:16:54 -0400
    This angered me the very moment I heard it and every time since and I ask myself constantly what’s happening and of course I’ll sign this!
  • John Wright
    signed 2017-05-04 00:39:02 -0400
    Saudi Arabia has a very bad human rights record and should not be on the UN Commission on the Status of Women!!!! This is a no-brainer.

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