As if any further evidence is needed, a new statement from the corrupt United Nations should prove the international body is beyond redemption. The U.N.'s Commission on the Status of Women has singled out only one nation to cite for "violating women's rights."
The Commission claims "the Israeli occupation remains the major obstacle for Palestinian women with regard to their advancement, self-reliance and integration in the development of their society…"
Let's look at which nations serve on the Commission. One nation is Iran.
Yet Amnesty International is reporting that Iran itself is cracking down harshly on women's independence.
"One draft law, outlawing voluntary sterilization and restricting access to information about contraception, was passed by parliament in August 2014 and is now being considered by the Guardian Council, which must approve all laws, Amnesty said," according to Reuters. "Proclamations by Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, that men and women are treated equally are ‘far from the truth,' Amnesty said. In Iranian courts, a woman's testimony is worth half of a man's, while rape within marriage and domestic violence are not recognized as criminal offenses, the report said."
Iran is currently serving as a vice-chair of the Commission.
Sudan is also on the Commission.
As Fox News points out, in Sudan, "domestic violence is not prohibited. ... There is no minimum age for ‘consensual' sex. The legal age of marriage for girls is 10. ... 88 percent of women under 50 have undergone female genital mutilation. And women are denied equal rights in marriage, inheritance and divorce."
China's on the Commission — though women in China are still subject to forced abortion and sterilization.
Saudi Arabia isn't on the Commission — though it didn't merit a condemnation in the report. In Saudi Arabia, Fox notes, "women are physically punished if not wearing compulsory clothing, are almost entirely excluded from political life, cannot drive, cannot travel without a male relative, receive half the inheritance of their brothers, and where their testimony counts for half that of a man's."
Syria wasn't mentioned, although in Syria, "government forces routinely employ rape and other sexual violence and torture against women as a tactic of war… Where in 2014 the Assad regime starved, tortured and killed at least 24,000 civilians, and three million people — mostly women and children — are refugees."
The real point here is that the United Nations has lost all credibility. That's not a new development.
"The U.N.'s failures, from its inability to stop ethnic cleansing in Rwanda, Bosnia, and Sudan to widespread abuses by U.N. peacekeepers across Africa, are legion," historian Nile Gardiner wrote in 2014. "Inaction, incompetence, and even abject inhumanity have all too often been the hallmarks of U.N. operations, which have frequently demonstrated a callous indifference to human suffering."
The truth about status of women is that the more democratic a society becomes, the more empowered its women become. In the Middle East — indeed, throughout the world — Israel is a beacon for women's rights and empowerment.
The problem isn't Israel. The problem is the U.N.