Is the UN Commission on Women a Farce?
Among its members are Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan
According to its website, the “Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women”. The member states, it says, “agree on further actions to accelerate progress and promote women’s enjoyment of their rights in political, economic, and social fields”.
The organization includes 45 member states on all continents. Among them are Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Mauritania, Pakistan, Nigeria, Somalia, Senegal, and Turkey. Yes, Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Mauritania, Pakistan, Nigeria, Somalia, Senegal and Turkey have been chosen by the UN panel to be part of the Commission on Women.
In its 2020 human rights index, the Cato Institute ranked Iran 158th among the world’s freest countries, out of a list of 162 countries. Pakistan was ranked 140th. Then in its 2020 annual report, Amnesty International noted that “domestic violence, marital rape, forced or early marriage and other forms of violence […] against women and girls [ …] remained widespread” in Iran.
Now, on CEO World magazine’s list of The World’s Best Countries For Women, 2021, Somalia is ranked 155th (out of 156 countries), Afghanistan 149th, Pakistan 145th, Mauritania 143rd, Senegal 142nd, Iran 134th, Nigeria 130th, Egypt 124th, and Turkey 60th. On the Women’s Workplace Equality Index of the Council of Foreign Relations, Iran is ranked 185th (out of 189 countries), Mauritania 184th, Afghanistan 168th, Pakistan 164th, Senegal 155th, Egypt 148th, Nigeria 87th, and Turkey 80th. Somalia is not in the data set.
According to UN Watch, a non-governmental organization that monitors the United Nations, “at least four of the 15 EU and Western Group democracies on [UN’s Economic and Social Council] — which include Australia, Austria, Finland, France, Latvia, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States—voted” to bring Iran into the commission last year.
Let’s ask the question: is the UN in general, the UN Commission on Women in particular, a farce?