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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  • margo liebers
    signed 2017-04-28 23:23:11 -0400
    Saudi Arabia has perhaps the world’s worst record on human rights for women outside of those countries which still allow various forms of slavery for both sexes. For Saudi Arabia to be given a place on this UN Commission is a disgrace to the UN and everything it purports to stand for.
  • Mary Ann Dunant
    signed 2017-04-28 22:12:51 -0400
  • B. Kracke
    signed 2017-04-28 21:48:18 -0400
  • Peggy Breckin
    signed 2017-04-28 21:35:19 -0400
    Peggy Breckin
  • Juana Celia Djelal
    signed 2017-04-28 20:46:56 -0400
  • formr fetus 4 choice
    @godfree_kd tweeted link to this page. 2017-04-28 20:28:49 -0400
    Tell US Ambass to UN Nikki Haley to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the status of women in the country! @codepink http://www.codepink.org/saudiarabia_women?recruiter_id=699036
  • k danowski
    signed 2017-04-28 20:28:34 -0400
  • Rosemarie Pease
    signed 2017-04-28 20:27:26 -0400
  • Robert J. Pechacek
    signed 2017-04-28 20:12:45 -0400
    Robert J. Pechacek
  • Bob Stover
    signed 2017-04-28 20:08:33 -0400
    Allow women to breathe smother the patriarchs in their lovely white robes of purity
  • Patricia Walters
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-28 20:00:14 -0400
    Tell US Ambass to UN Nikki Haley to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the status of women in the country! @codepink
  • Patricia Walters
    signed 2017-04-28 19:59:49 -0400
  • Graham Sugden
    signed 2017-04-28 19:47:14 -0400
    Graham Sugden
  • Nancy Collins
    signed 2017-04-28 18:34:22 -0400
  • Pili Troya
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-28 18:25:35 -0400
    Tell US Ambass to UN Nikki Haley to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the status of women in the country! @codepink
  • Pili Troya
    @mpilartroyaf tweeted link to this page. 2017-04-28 18:25:30 -0400
    Tell US Ambass to UN Nikki Haley to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the status of women in the country! @codepink http://www.codepink.org/saudiarabia_women?recruiter_id=604310
  • Maria
    signed 2017-04-28 18:22:32 -0400
  • Laura Muschietti
    signed 2017-04-28 17:39:14 -0400
  • soraya tebbani
    signed 2017-04-28 17:24:54 -0400
    Un is corrupted to the core
  • Saleem Akbar
    signed 2017-04-28 17:23:42 -0400
  • Bruce Pieroni
    signed 2017-04-28 17:20:36 -0400
    I just read this on Counterpunch Un real! My mind snaps with the hypocracy as it has for the last 40 years or so. I lived through Nixon and Vietnam. I have always felt the same way and now my former political allies are PRO WAR!!!! This indicates that the institution are rotted and need to be excised or ignored! We do need YOU and CODE PINK even more today. You are brave people in a world where truth is criminalized and crimes are buissiness as usual. I will never stop resisting the pigs and thier minions!


    Peace

    Bruce Pieroni.


    P.S> I will be getting involved!
  • Denise Lytle
    signed 2017-04-28 16:40:54 -0400
  • JoAn Kaiser
    signed 2017-04-28 15:48:52 -0400
  • Rodney Nippert
    signed 2017-04-28 15:39:37 -0400
  • Gene Ulmer
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-28 14:50:03 -0400
    Tell US Ambass to UN Nikki Haley to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the status of women in the country! @codepink
  • Gene Ulmer
    @hometheaterboy tweeted link to this page. 2017-04-28 14:50:00 -0400
    Tell US Ambass to UN Nikki Haley to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the status of women in the country! @codepink http://www.codepink.org/saudiarabia_women?recruiter_id=348603
  • Gene Ulmer
    signed 2017-04-28 14:49:48 -0400
  • Tricia Carlin
    signed 2017-04-28 14:00:43 -0400
  • Pat Vassilakidis
    signed 2017-04-28 13:42:25 -0400
  • Dee Halzack
    signed 2017-04-28 13:39:37 -0400
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