The UN’s 45-member Commission on the Status of Women, meeting in its 2017 annual session, singled out Israel as the only country in the world subjected to a condemnatory resolution on women’s rights. Britain changed its vote from an abstention last year to a No vote this year.
On Friday, the @UN women's rights commission (@UN_CSW):
1. Condemned 1 country in the world as a a violator of women's rights: #Israel
2. Welcomed #SaudiArabia as new member, joining #Iranhttps://t.co/McKEcmRGIP
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) March 25, 2018
The Jewish state was harshly and repeatedly condemned in the resolution for allegedly being the “major obstacle” for Palestinian women “with regard to their advancement, self-reliance and integration in the development of their society.”
The resolution made no mention of how Palestinian women’s rights are impacted by Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, or their patriarchal society, nor were Palestinian victims of honor killings mentioned.
The UN commission ended the session by ignoring the world’s major abusers of women’s rights, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, and many others.
Worse, Saudi Arabia officially joined the CSW later that afternoon, joining Iran as a member.
Here is the resolution adopted by the Commission on the Status of Women on March 23, 2018. The vote was 30 in favour and 4 against (UK, Canada, Guatemala, Israel), with 11 abstentions. The U.S. is not a member of the CSW.