To remind the world why they are becoming more and more irrelevant, the United Nations has elected Saudi Arabia to the Women’s Rights Commission. Yes, you read that right: Saudi Arabia.
The non-profit organization U.N. Watch reported that the international organization has decided to allow Saudi Arabia to become a part of the Women’s Rights Commission. Hillel Neuer, the founder of U.N. Watch, said: “Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief.” So why would the U.N. select a country like Saudi Arabia to a council whose purpose is to safeguard the rights of women? Perhaps it is because of the nation’s stellar record on women’s rights. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Saudi women are not allowed to leave their homes uncovered. They are required to wear a burka that covers everything except their hands and eyes. Religious police patrol the streets and beat these women if they allow any other part of their body to be seen. How liberating!
The women of Saudi Arabia are prohibited from meeting with men who are not family members. They are required to have a male chaperone if they leave home.
Women are also forbidden to operate motor vehicles. This rule is in place because driving a car may require a woman to interact with a man who is not a member of her family. It may also cause them to become uncovered, which is also against the law. While there has been a movement to do away with this law, it remains intact.
Females are also not allowed to travel, conduct business, or even open a bank account without obtaining permissions from a male guardian. Saudi women are forced to be entirely reliant upon men in their society.
Regrettably, this action on the part of the United Nations is not surprising. The organization has continually acted in a way that flagrantly contradicts its stated purpose. The U.N. Human Rights Council is intended to protect people from oppression. It spends most of its time criticizing Israel for building settlements in disputed territories while ignoring actual abuses by regimes that routinely violate the rights of its citizens. The United Nations has also placed the Israeli Defense Force on its Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflicts even though the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas has consistently used children as human shields.
It is no wonder that many Americans question the United States’ involvement with the U.N. President Donald Trump has expressed his desire to limit the amount of funding we send to the international organization. The reason for this is clear: The United Nations’ values no longer align with ours. Instead of working to address the real issues people are facing worldwide, they have chosen to use their power to bolster regimes who regularly act against the ideals they claim to embrace. If the U.N. no longer shares our goals, perhaps we should look again at just why we continue to support them.