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 Kelly
Kim Panos
Patricia Claytor
Maribeth Buchanan
nuntiyo Bhikkhu
Sandra Jambeck
Lynn Sableman
Seth Matterson
Nick Passabet
Kate Cusato
Nancy K
Rose Bompadre
Kevin Mccarron
Annette Beatty
Renee Brudie
Kim Baker
Joana Cano
Nora Eiesland
Robin Gilinger
Randall Hamlin
Francine Urey
Michele Womack Dennis
Elisabete Fonseca
Aida Serrano
Tom Smallman
Tony Whelan
Rose Barrett
Sharon Maley
William Gonzalez
Lisette Graziotti
3,485 signatures

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  • Nancy Kelly
    signed 2017-04-30 17:56:25 -0400
  • Kim Panos
    signed 2017-04-30 16:47:52 -0400
  • Patricia Claytor
    signed 2017-04-30 16:23:48 -0400
  • Maribeth Buchanan
    signed 2017-04-30 15:11:33 -0400
  • nuntiyo Bhikkhu
    signed 2017-04-30 14:42:46 -0400
  • Sandra Jambeck
    signed 2017-04-30 14:27:21 -0400
  • Lynn Sableman
    signed 2017-04-30 13:57:39 -0400
  • Seth Matterson
    signed 2017-04-30 13:54:05 -0400
    All people have the right to freedom of thought, speech, and action that doesn’t harm others. To deny these rights harms all people and must be opposed and stopped.
  • Nick Passabet
    signed 2017-04-30 13:49:43 -0400
  • Kate Cusato
    signed 2017-04-30 12:31:41 -0400
  • Nancy K
    signed 2017-04-30 11:36:35 -0400
  • Rose Bompadre
    signed 2017-04-30 11:11:39 -0400
  • Kevin Mccarron
    signed 2017-04-30 10:57:16 -0400
    Would the UN put Exxon or Shell in charge of efforts to stop global warming?
  • Annette Beatty
    signed 2017-04-30 10:45:26 -0400
    Annette Beatty
  • Renee Brudie
    signed 2017-04-30 10:40:16 -0400
  • Kim Baker
    signed 2017-04-30 10:17:46 -0400
  • Joana Cano
    signed 2017-04-30 09:54:41 -0400
  • Nora Eiesland
    signed 2017-04-30 09:43:41 -0400
    Incredible. The US is too chicken to stand up to wealth anywhere in the world. TIme to put health before wealth worldwide.
  • Robin Gilinger
    signed 2017-04-30 09:42:43 -0400
    This is like assigning the fox to bring about ideas relating to the hen house. No country who violates women and human rights, should be given this position.
  • Randall Hamlin
    signed 2017-04-30 09:29:44 -0400
    Whose idea was the secret ballot?
  • Francine Urey
    signed 2017-04-30 08:59:58 -0400
  • Michele Womack Dennis
    signed 2017-04-30 08:24:30 -0400
  • Elisabete Fonseca
    signed 2017-04-30 08:21:51 -0400
    un, you’re such a joke
  • Aida Serrano
    signed 2017-04-30 08:08:56 -0400
  • Tom Smallman
    signed 2017-04-30 08:02:26 -0400
  • Tony Whelan
    signed 2017-04-30 07:57:38 -0400
  • Rose Barrett
    signed 2017-04-30 07:52:43 -0400
  • Sharon Maley
    signed 2017-04-30 07:39:01 -0400
    Damn right I’ll sign. This is disgusting.
  • William Gonzalez
    signed 2017-04-30 06:24:41 -0400
  • Lisette Graziotti
    signed 2017-04-30 06:18:24 -0400
    Voting a secret ballot is unethical and unacceptable.

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