Iran and Women's Rights
Victoria Frances Taylor
All Rights Reserved
Iran is known as one of the worst perpetrators of human rights violations, especially against its female population. On March 8th -- on the International Women's Day -- the UN decided to name it on its Commission for the Status of Women's Rights. This video explained why they should have never been appointed on the Commission.
Below, an article by Victoria Taylor.
In 2010, one of worst discriminators of women’s rights attempted to join the new board to promote women’s rights at the United Nations (U.N.), the Women Executive Committee.
The Islamic Republic of Iran, where stoning is enshrined in law and lashings are required for women deemed to be “immodest”, was asked to protect women’s rights!?
This is the exact same regime that was declared by none other than the U.N. Human Rights Council in 2009-2010, as the highest ranking country of concern by states and NGO’s throughout the period.
Nonetheless, in lieu of a strong opposition voiced by international human rights activists, organizations and foreign media outlets, the U.N. rejected Iran’s seat on the new board for women’s rights.
What makes this next announcement not only absurd but also a brazen act of hypocrisy by the U.N. is their election of the Iranian regime to the 56th session of U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women, handing them four year tenure to conduct reviews of nations that violate women's rights, issuing reports detailing their failings, and monitoring success in improving women's equality.
Tell me this is all just a hoax by the U.N.!
This Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for misogynistic acts of violence and gender segregation such as the recent separation of women and men in Iranian universities, (February 2011, University World News).
Iran’s criminal code is lead by discriminatory legal provisions including the Family Bill which humiliates women by giving married or single men the rights to polygamy and temporary marriages.
In case that wasn’t enough, the Iranian constitution supports spousal rape and dictates the husbands’ right to control his wife’s freedom of movement and forbid his wife from accepting a job (UNHRC, Articles 1005, 1117).
This election is just another startling example of U.N.’s two-facedness and following this decision it is likely that the CSW will lose its credibility by allowing countries like Iran to attend their sessions even if Iran was "elected by acclamation," (not an open vote by member states).
When it comes setting gender equality and the advancement of women worldwide the Iranian regime has no place at the UN Commission on the Status of Women and we should insist for their immediate removal.