If you like your misogyny with a heavy serving of irony, you could do no better than the United Nations this week after Saudi Arabia was elected to a 2018-2022 term on the Commission on the Status of Women, the U.N. agency that, according to its website, is “exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.” As with Iran being put on the Commission, the irony would be humorous if there were not millions of victims over decades of abuse by these countries. Previously, Saudi Arabia taking over the top spot on the Human Rights Commission was viewed as unbelievable, but the entry on the Commission on the Status of Women sets a level of irony that may be unsurpassable.
Notably, various groups demanded to know what countries voted for the inclusion. Only 7 of 54 ECOSOC states opposed the inclusion and many want the EU countries to reveal their votes. It is absurd that such votes should be taken on secret ballots.
Now that Saudi Arabia is a protector of women’s rights, it may want to immediately call for an investigation of the country responsible for:
Stoning a woman to death (while just giving her male love flogging) for sex outside of marriage;
Permitting child bride arranged marriages;
Closing Women’z health clubs as UnIslamic;
Arresting even foreign women who sit next to unrelated men in public places;
That is only a partial list for the new Saudi Commissioner and it does not even require going outside of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.