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

Erica Stanojevic
hiroko inose
christina hauswald
Hugo Afghosta
Kimberly Smith
Judy Bieber
Karti Martelli
Frances Greenlee
Patricia Auer
Patricia Always
jennifer white
Salaam Odeh
Libby Bassett
Greg Weiss
John Velner
Jennifer Ortiz
Donna Nelson
Zoe Metro
Patricia Piazza
Hind Bakleh
Joe Fleming
John Andrews
Toni Aguilar
Rodney and' Lee Roberts
Karen cook
Michael Mitsuda
Jeri Sparks
Nancy Withington Withington
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  • Erica Stanojevic
    signed 2017-04-29 14:16:30 -0400
  • hiroko inose
    signed 2017-04-29 14:13:43 -0400
  • christina hauswald
    signed 2017-04-29 14:04:11 -0400
    christina hauswald
  • Hugo Afghosta
    signed 2017-04-29 13:53:15 -0400
  • Kimberly Smith
    signed 2017-04-29 13:47:10 -0400
  • Judy Bieber
    signed 2017-04-29 13:41:53 -0400
  • Karti Martelli
    signed 2017-04-29 13:36:50 -0400
  • Frances Greenlee
    signed 2017-04-29 13:28:32 -0400
    Frances Greenlee
  • Patricia Auer
    signed 2017-04-29 13:08:19 -0400
  • Patricia Always
    signed 2017-04-29 12:46:59 -0400
    How ridiculous.
  • jennifer white
    signed 2017-04-29 12:17:17 -0400
  • Salaam Odeh
    signed via 2017-04-29 10:50:44 -0400
    Salaam a Odeh
  • Libby Bassett
    signed 2017-04-29 09:15:46 -0400
  • Greg Weiss
    signed 2017-04-29 09:08:55 -0400
  • John Velner
    signed 2017-04-29 07:54:38 -0400
    Having Saudi Arabia on the UN Commission on the Status Women is as wrong-headed as Trump appointing cabinet members who want to destroy the very departments they lead.
  • Jennifer Ortiz
    signed 2017-04-29 07:43:48 -0400
    The US-Saudi Arabia tells us that human rights are insignificant. It is oil first and oil last.
  • Donna Nelson
    signed 2017-04-29 07:31:21 -0400
  • zoe metro
    @zoemetro tweeted link to this page. 2017-04-29 07:30:23 -0400
    Tell US Ambass to UN Nikki Haley to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the status of women in the country! @codepink
  • Zoe Metro
    signed 2017-04-29 07:27:46 -0400
  • Patricia Piazza
    signed 2017-04-29 07:05:24 -0400
  • Hind Bakleh
    signed 2017-04-29 05:31:53 -0400
    When a so called civilised state supports an uncivilized one to get by with its pure sexism and disgraceful way for treating women.. it proves that it is not civilised at all !!! And I wonder what the Axis of Evil is without the US !!!
  • Joe Fleming
    signed 2017-04-29 04:40:15 -0400
  • John Andrews
    signed 2017-04-29 04:32:44 -0400
    Absolute madness; the height of hypocrisy. Saudi Arabia should be ostracised as a Rogue State not celebrated as a progressive contributor.
  • Toni Aguilar
    signed 2017-04-29 04:02:29 -0400
    There’s a LOT of hypocrisy when it ones to Saudi-US relations (double entendre intended). USA should be having NOTHING to do with Saudi Arabia. Disgusting.
  • Rodney and' Lee Roberts
    signed 2017-04-29 03:42:42 -0400
  • Karen cook
    signed 2017-04-29 03:39:38 -0400
    Karen cook
  • Michael Mitsuda
    signed 2017-04-29 01:04:43 -0400
  • Jeri Sparks
    signed 2017-04-29 00:00:21 -0400
    This is sickening! Only women-haters would allow Saudi Arabia on a commission on the status of women, unless what they really wanted was a committee to put a heal on the throats of women. Which side are you on, Nikki?
  • Nancy Withington Withington
    signed 2017-04-28 23:52:26 -0400
  • Don Harvey
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-28 23:46:25 -0400
    Tell US Ambass to UN Nikki Haley to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the status of women in the country! @codepink

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