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

Susan Rusin
Bill Paci
Margaret Jeffery
Ana Alvarez
Steve Jordan
Nancy Pratt
Michelle Gale
Molly Walker
Angela Patrick
Marilena Silbey
Travis Frampton
Sandra Siegner
Barbara Menzies
Jackie Lyle
Andrea Howard
Rachel Cohn
Brandt Amlie
Bernhard Pfennigschmidt
Kara Mikels
Dee Stover
Kika Scheimann
Francisco Alvarez
Lois Jordan
Jean - please Anderson
Judith and Lester A Hoyle
Paul van Reesch
Donna Souza’Postles
Kenneth Wilson
Jack Balsley
3,485 signatures

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  • Susan Rusin
    signed 2017-04-30 05:58:51 -0400
    This position should only be held by those who treat women equally.
  • Bill Paci
    signed 2017-04-30 02:20:26 -0400
    Bill Paci
  • Margaret Jeffery
    signed 2017-04-30 01:09:31 -0400
  • Ana Alvarez
    @aairis58 tweeted link to this page. 2017-04-30 01:02:23 -0400
    Tell US Ambass to UN Nikki Haley to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the status of women in the country! @codepink
  • Ana Alvarez
    signed 2017-04-30 01:02:02 -0400
    This is an insult to every woman in the world. He should be removed from that position immediately. That position should be given only to someone that treats women as equal.
  • Steve Jordan
    signed via 2017-04-30 00:56:43 -0400
  • Nancy Pratt
    signed 2017-04-30 00:37:59 -0400
    Disgraceful, disrespectful and unethical to have SaudiArabia on this commission. Call for a public vote to make each country’s decision accountable to their citizens.
  • Michelle Gale
    signed 2017-04-30 00:27:09 -0400
  • Molly Walker
    signed 2017-04-30 00:12:58 -0400
  • Angela Patrick
    signed 2017-04-29 23:26:46 -0400
  • Marilena Silbey
    signed 2017-04-29 23:07:08 -0400
  • Travis Frampton
    signed 2017-04-29 22:33:03 -0400
  • Sandra Siegner
    signed 2017-04-29 21:59:56 -0400
  • Barbara Menzies
    signed 2017-04-29 21:31:48 -0400
  • Jackie Lyle
    signed 2017-04-29 21:19:54 -0400
  • Andrea Howard
    signed 2017-04-29 21:10:59 -0400
    Andrea – please select – Howard
  • Rachel Cohn
    signed 2017-04-29 19:59:08 -0400
    Beyond reprehensible
  • Brandt Amlie
    signed 2017-04-29 19:52:01 -0400
    Saudi Arabia = worst possible choice for this position
  • Bernhard Pfennigschmidt
    signed 2017-04-29 18:31:53 -0400
    Wtf UN ???
  • Kara Mikels
    signed 2017-04-29 18:12:28 -0400
  • Dee Stover
    signed 2017-04-29 17:37:08 -0400
    Back the ladies !
  • Kika Scheimann
    signed 2017-04-29 17:12:14 -0400
  • Francisco Alvarez
    signed 2017-04-29 17:07:12 -0400
  • Lois Jordan
    signed 2017-04-29 16:53:17 -0400
  • Jean - please Anderson
    signed 2017-04-29 16:45:01 -0400
    Jean – please select Anderson
  • Judith and Lester A Hoyle
    signed 2017-04-29 16:21:31 -0400
  • Paul van Reesch
    signed 2017-04-29 15:37:00 -0400
  • Donna Souza’Postles
    signed 2017-04-29 15:10:26 -0400
  • Kenneth Wilson
    signed 2017-04-29 15:03:53 -0400
    Being that Saudi Arabia is one of Uncle Sam’s illegitimate children, and Nikki is the deputy of

    the “new sheriff in town”, you know how she voted.
  • Jack Balsley
    signed 2017-04-29 14:23:27 -0400

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