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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John Cook
John Wright
Fran Clanton
Christopher Lish
Cheryl Kirby
Larry Farmer
Dwight Lawton
Khaya Davidson
Ron Unger
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Abed Khatib
Diane Rynio
Mark Choi
Patty Van Zant
Elizabeth S Laona
Madhu Pillai
Saul Arbess
Celeste Birkeland
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  • 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.
  • Fran Clanton
    signed 2017-05-03 22:47:05 -0400
  • Christopher Lish
    signed 2017-05-03 22:40:15 -0400
  • Cheryl Kirby
    signed via 2017-05-03 21:01:22 -0400
    Cheryl Kirby
  • Larry Farmer
    signed 2017-05-03 20:55:53 -0400
    Larry L Farmer
  • Dwight Lawton
    signed 2017-05-03 18:21:32 -0400
  • Khaya Davidson
    signed 2017-05-03 15:54:00 -0400
  • Ron Unger
    signed 2017-05-03 10:58:08 -0400
  • Bill Montross
    signed 2017-05-03 06:46:26 -0400
  • erin riza
    signed 2017-05-02 22:21:26 -0400
    Full equality for all people and all genders NOW! Stop the wars-Stop the killing-and Stop using the UN as a tool!
  • Abed Khatib
    signed 2017-05-02 18:01:13 -0400
  • Diane Rynio
    signed 2017-05-02 16:57:40 -0400
  • Mark Choi
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-02 16:46:55 -0400
    Tell US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the status of women in the country!
  • Mark Choi
    signed 2017-05-02 16:46:22 -0400
  • Patty Van Zant
    signed 2017-05-02 14:01:01 -0400
  • Elizabeth S Laona
    signed 2017-05-02 13:41:38 -0400
  • Madhu Pillai
    signed 2017-05-02 13:10:03 -0400
    This is barbaric country with no human rights leave alone Women’s rights.
  • Saul Arbess
    signed 2017-05-02 12:45:17 -0400
  • Celeste Birkeland
    signed 2017-05-02 12:24:23 -0400
  • Ted Kozlowski Kozlowski
    signed 2017-05-02 09:48:06 -0400
    We must have the full empowerment of women all around the world to be able to solve the many global crises —some of which, like overpopulation and ecocide, are heavily driven by the suppression of women.
  • Ongd Africando
    signed 2017-05-02 04:19:38 -0400
  • Felicity Aldrich
    signed 2017-05-02 03:22:15 -0400
    This is some kind of VERY BAD joke, right? Why do men continue to believe that they can speak for women? And Saudi Arabia TREATS WOMEN VERY BADLY and completely ignores their Human Rights. I PROTEST this election!!!
  • Joy Om
    signed via 2017-05-02 02:25:52 -0400
  • Kathleen Ahearn
    signed 2017-05-02 00:41:05 -0400
  • Lawrence Montgomery
    signed 2017-05-01 23:56:45 -0400
    Such hypocrisy must not be allowed at the level of UN governance.
  • Janice ward
    signed 2017-05-01 23:31:49 -0400
  • Meaghan Simpson
    signed 2017-05-01 23:05:42 -0400
    Sure I will sign this! I am a matriot born to a long line of matriots and we know the SAUDI ARABIA gov are scum bags pieces of shit and we demand SAUDIA ARABIAN men be locked up in international sicko sperm club prisons for crappy sicko crude lewd rude dudes NOW!!!
  • Gillian McConnell
    signed via 2017-05-01 21:02:38 -0400
    For a country that purports to care about women’s rights, the USA acts as though Saudi Arabia is non-existent.

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