U.N. Elects Saudi Arabia to Women’s Rights Commission

Saudi Arabia was today elected to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women for a four-year term  beginning in March 2023, at the first meeting of the body’s 68th session,  and expiring in March 2027, at the close of its 71st session.

“Electing Saudi Arabia to a women’s rights commission is like making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the independent non-governmental organization UN Watch, based in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Commission on the Status of Women, according to its website, is the “principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.”

The Commission describes itself as “instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.”

 

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