Saudi Arabia was elected to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. This UN agency is exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Saudi Arabia was elected by a secret ballot last week of the UN’s 54 – nation Economic and Social Council.
Saudi Arabia is the world’s most gender segregated nation with the world’s most misogynistic regime. All women in Saudi Arabia must have a legal male guardian who will make all critical decisions on behalf of her. Saudi Arabian women are forbidden from obtaining a passport, marrying or accessing higher education if a man does not approve.
Hillel Neuer, the executive director of UN Watch, a non-governmental body that monitors the United Nations, has said, “Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town chief”.
Saudi Arabia is also in the UN Human Rights Council.