The world has turned against women. When it comes to protection, education, dignity and self-worth, the United Nations has legally and institutionally said no to women’s rights. While you may not find any UN proclamation that denies the rights of women or supports their exploitation, actions speak louder than words.
On April 30, 2010, the nations of the world promoted Iran – a country where young girls and women live in a state of constant terror - to a high level commission designed to protect the status of women around the world. On this day world leaders sat on their hands, the US President was AWOL, and US Representatives to the United Nations were silent.
Iran's selection to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women is nothing more than a grotesque joke. Making matters worse, the major media web sites, including ABC, NBC, and CBS, did not cover the Iran appointment. Only Foxnews.com covered the Iran debacle.
Iran was voted in by acclamation, with no opposition. A campaign by women's rights champions inside and outside Iran calling on the UN not to take this step fell on deaf ears.
Iran will now join other enthusiastic human rights advocates such as China and the Congo, along with the other 59 Arab countries in the UN to support women. Clearly, the women of the world are at risk.
SWIVL believes it’s time for the United States to support the rights of girls and women everywhere and to use its political and economic muscle to end the horrific treatment of women, particularly throughout the Middle East. The first step is for President Obama to address the UN General Assembly and demand the expulsion of Iran under the threat that the US will remove all financial support. This action needs no debate, discussion, or task force. It only requires that we put our money where our ideals are. In other words, it’s time to take action.
Iran was voted in by acclamation, with no opposition. A campaign by women's rights champions inside and outside Iran calling on the UN not to take this step fell on deaf ears. Click here for a close look at Iranian legal practices.
The US Contribution to the UN - The United States has the maximum assessed contribution to the UN regular budget -- 22%. In 2009 the assessed amount is $598,292,101. The minimum assessed contribution is 0.001%. The scale of assessments for each UN member for the required contributions to the regular budget is determined every 3 years on the basis of Gross National Product (GNP).
Only nine countries (starting with the largest contributor: United States, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Canada, Spain, China) contribute 75% of the entire regular budget. Cuba contributes .043% of the regular budget. Oil-rich Saudi Arabia contributes .713%.