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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Barbara Balaban
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Dawn Wolfson
Ed Perry
D Callander
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Mary Dean
Ameeta Nanji
Carol Miller
kimbra george
Cathy Watson
Helen Lawless
Giovanni Dalpozzo
Noelene Nabulivou
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  • Barbara Balaban
    signed 2017-05-01 20:20:23 -0400
    Barbara Balaban
  • Syrtiller Kabat
    signed 2017-05-01 18:59:25 -0400
  • Melanie Ladd
    signed 2017-05-01 18:40:33 -0400
  • Ellen Vellenga
    signed 2017-05-01 18:16:17 -0400
    Ellen Vellenga
  • Bernadette O Reilly
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-01 18:02:42 -0400
    Tell US Ambass to UN Nikki Haley to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the status of women in the country! @codepink
  • bernadette o reilly
    signed 2017-05-01 18:00:33 -0400
  • Dawn Wolfson
    signed 2017-05-01 16:55:47 -0400
  • Ed Perry
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-01 14:32:30 -0400
    Tell US Ambass to UN Nikki Haley to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the status of women in the country! @codepink
  • Ed Perry
    @edpgsa tweeted link to this page. 2017-05-01 14:32:26 -0400
    Tell US Ambass to UN Nikki Haley to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the status of women in the country! @codepink
  • Ed Perry
    signed 2017-05-01 14:32:14 -0400
  • D Callander
    signed 2017-05-01 13:42:23 -0400
  • annalisa maffei
    signed 2017-05-01 12:48:49 -0400
  • Mary Dean
    signed 2017-05-01 12:42:52 -0400
  • Ameeta Nanji
    signed 2017-05-01 09:43:06 -0400
    Nikki Haley, be on the right side of history. You are in a leadership position and you are able to influence policies that advance the rights of women.
  • Carol Miller
    signed 2017-05-01 09:07:11 -0400
    Human rights are women’s rights.
  • kimbra george
    signed 2017-05-01 09:00:25 -0400
  • Cathy Watson
    signed 2017-05-01 04:37:06 -0400
    I can’t think of a less appropriate country to put on this commission.
  • Helen Lawless
    signed 2017-05-01 04:24:45 -0400
  • Giovanni Dalpozzo
    signed 2017-05-01 04:12:55 -0400
  • Noelene Nabulivou
    signed 2017-05-01 01:12:22 -0400
    Suva, Fiji.
  • Katrina Zavalney
    signed 2017-04-30 23:04:09 -0400
  • Stephen Duskin
    signed 2017-04-30 22:57:42 -0400
  • Frances Dunham
    signed 2017-04-30 22:53:56 -0400
  • Eric Edwards
    signed 2017-04-30 21:53:06 -0400
    Eric Edwards
  • Janice Jurek
    signed 2017-04-30 21:31:17 -0400
  • Kristen Salvatore
    signed 2017-04-30 21:18:23 -0400
  • Cathy Brady
    signed 2017-04-30 21:04:49 -0400
  • Dawn Pettinelli
    signed 2017-04-30 20:45:41 -0400
    Dear Ambassador Haley,

    This should not have been a secret ballot. Shame on the U.N. Saudi Arabia has not respect for women and treats them like property. They do not belong on this commission. By allowing them on it, you degrade all women including yourself.
  • Jana Potter
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-30 18:59:01 -0400
    Tell US Ambass to UN Nikki Haley to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the status of women in the country! @codepink
  • Jana Potter
    signed 2017-04-30 18:58:06 -0400

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