For crying out loud, women can’t drive there!
Unfortunately, I am not kidding when I say that the UN elected Saudi Arabia to the Women’s Rights Commission. It reminds me of when the UN elected Iran to the human rights council. Remember that?
Saudi Arabia received its spot when the Economic and Social Council voted on new members for the women’s rights commission, which wants to help promote equality for females. The commission’s website states that females “suffer violence and discrimination” and remain “under-represented in political and economic decision-making processes.” Females around the world also “lack decent access to basic education and face occupational segregation and gender wage gaps.” Too many countries still deny females “access to basic education and health care.”
Gee, what country falls into most of these categories? Saudi Arabia!
UN Watch, a Geneva-based human rights group, criticized this decision:
“Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. “It’s absurd.”
“Every Saudi woman,” said Neuer, “must have a male guardian who makes all critical decisions on her behalf, controlling a woman’s life from her birth until death. Saudi Arabia also bans women from driving cars.”
(Before I continue does anyone else find it ironic that somebody had to form a UN human rights watchdog group?)
In January, when those “progressive” females, which included a convicted terrorist and supporter of Sharia law, held that stupid Women’s March over supposed “female oppression” in America, I lost my mind. I blogged about actual female oppression in other countries and take a wild guess which country I hit first. SAUDI ARABIA.
Let’s take a look at some of the issues this Women’s Rights Commission wants to weed out from the world and why the board should look at its newest member….Saudi Arabia. Remember, a female must have a male guardian her entire life in Saudi Arabia.
This came after a member of the Council of Senior Scholars issued a “fatwa” (edict) prohibiting women from visiting male doctors without having male guardians present.
“Islamic law does not permit women to visit their doctors without male guardians,” said Qais Al-Mubarak, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars. “Women are prohibited from exposing body parts to male doctors in Islamic law, especially during childbirth. This does not include medical emergencies. Islamic jurisprudence makes exceptions,” he added.
Male guardians can only be the next of kin in Islam. They are sons, grandsons, husbands, brothers, fathers or uncles.
Violence and Discrimination
Females cannot leave their houses without a male guardian. She must receive his permission to travel or conduct official business.
In most of Saudi Arabia, females must cover their entire bodies except for the hands and feet. A few areas allow females to leave their faces uncovered. But that’s it. I noted how those female marchers in January couldn’t wear their beloved pussy hats in Saudi Arabia.
If someone caught a female speaking to a non-relative male, authorities can charge that female with adultery or prostitution.
The country has even urged females not to use public transportation because she might converse with non-related males. No public transportation? Too bad:
Females in Saudi Arabia basically cannot drive. There are no laws, but restrictions basically make it impossible for females to enjoy driving a car. The governments force these citizens to receive a local license to drive and the places do not issue them to females. Rural areas allow a little flexibility.
Due to male guardianship, females do not receive much protection from domestic abuse. According to Kristine Beckerle, researcher for Human Rights Watch:
Despite a 2013 law that criminalized domestic abuse, “the law itself is deeply problematic in that it still maintains the rights of guardians to have some authority over their female dependents,” says Beckerle. In some cases, family reconciliation is given priority over a woman’s safety, according to the report; often, the male guardian is the abuser a woman has tried to escape.
“You can do all these little steps to try and respond to domestic violence, but until guardianship is eliminated there’s going to be this incredible tool in men’s hands to both abuse and exploit women,” she says.
Education, Occupational Segregation, Wage Gaps
The kingdom has segregated the schools by sex. But again, the female must receive permission from her male guardian in order to study. However, even with an education, her job will probably not pay her equally to her male counterpart. Yes, an actual gender wage gap. Throughout the years, Saudi Arabia has ended up towards the bottom of the list on gender wage gaps. From Forbes this January:
In Saudi Arabia, the nation tied for the second-largest gap in expectations and where women can’t legally drive, only 21% of women work or are seeking work.
Well, if you can’t drive, why bother?
Saudi Arabia even has laws that force OCCUPATIONAL SEGREGATION except in hospitals. But Saudi Arabia has attempted to “fix” this by establishing a new city for only female workers. So to comply with sex segregation complaints in the workplace, the kingdom decided to expand it. Okay…I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around this because the kingdom’s reaction makes no sense.
The UN is a joke and will always be a joke if the organization keeps allowing countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran to sit on these councils.DONATE
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