This morning the U.N.'s new umbrella agency for women's rights issues elected its board members. The election had attracted controversy because two of the candidate countries were among the world's most notorious abusers of women's rights, Iran and Saudi Arabia.I mean: Come. ON! Saudi Arabia? Really?
This morning, with strong lobbying from the United States, Iran's election to the board was blocked. Human rights groups had strongly opposed Iran's election, pointing in particular to the recent death sentence of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani for the crime of adultery.
The 54 countries who sit on the UN’s Economic and Social Council did, however, accept the membership bid by Saudi Arabia, where women are forbidden from driving and barred from many public places.
In fact, according to the U.N. Development Program's own Gender Empowerment Measure, Saudi Arabia is actually a worse country for gender equality than Iran. Neither does particularly well, but of the the 93 countries ranked, only Yemen scores lower than Saudi Arabia.
We have had Ban Ki Moon invoking the Nazis, just because in Europe political parties that do not subscribe to blind trans-nationalism are gaining popularity. But a country where women aren't allowed to drive, aren't allowed out alone and aren't allowed the sunshine on their skin, that country gets to decide womens issues for the UN?
Doesn't this sort of prove the thesis that the UN is now officially beyond sane decision making?