UN Elects Yemen, Worst on Gender Equality, as VP at UN’s Gender Equality Agency

Feb 21, 2018
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UN Elects Yemen, Worst on Gender Equality, as VP at UN’s Gender Equality Agency

A human rights watchdog organization today condemned the UN’s election of Yemen, the worst-ranking country in the world on gender equality, to be vice-president of the Executive Board of UN Women, which is the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women.


“Electing Yemen to protect women’s rights is like making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva-based non-governmental human rights group.


“We’re calling on UN chief Antonio Guterres and high commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet to speak out against this absurd and morally repugnant decision, which sends absolutely the wrong message from the very organization that is supposed to be protecting women from discrimination.”


Yemen was ranked 149th out of 149 in last year’s Global Gender Gap Report, produced by the World Economic Forum.


“How could the UN choose Yemen, a country that tolerates female genital mutilation, denies women hospital treatment without the permission of a male relative, and counts a woman’s testimony as worth half that of a man?” asked Neuer.


“We remind the UN that women in Yemen cannot marry without permission of their male guardians, and face deeply entrenched discrimination in both law and practice, in all aspects of their lives, including employment, education and housing.”


“The election of Yemen as vice-president at UN Women is an insult to women’s rights activists worldwide who struggle against the persecution exemplified by Yemen’s misogynistic laws and practices,” added Neuer.


Executive Board members who joined the vote by acclamation yesterday to elect Yemen include Ireland, Norway and Sweden.


Beyond the symbolic significance, Yemen now acquires some influence in shaping discussions at the global women’s rights agency.


According to UN Women, Yemen, as a member of the bureau, will work closely with the secretariat of the Executive Board to implement its primary functions, including the organization of meetings and facilitating decision-making. The work of the bureau that now includes Yemen is considered by the UN to be “indispensable to the smooth and efficient functioning of the Board.”


Glad to be elected as vice-president of @UN_Women Executive Board for Asia-Pacific Group for 2019 https://t.co/guYMfal97q
— Marwan Ali Noman (@Marwandobhany) January 8, 2019




“Glad to be elected,” tweeted Yemeni deputy ambassador Mr. Marwan Ali Noman. “Warmest congrats Marwan, all the best mate!!” replied Mr. Murad Hussein Issa, a Yemeni delegate to the UN Human Rights Council.


No joke: @UN_Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, just elected #Yemen — ranked as the worst country in the world on gender inequality (149th out of 149) — to be Vice-President of its Executive Board. pic.twitter.com/sW3x9KofSt
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) January 9, 2019
This is not an article from the Onion. This farce is real. I wonder where are all the feminists on this one?
 
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The fact that their gender equality entity is called UN Women speaks volumes. I know that these positions are rotated but the pool of countries should only include those that have shown themselves to be competent in the scope of the entity. In this instance women are seen as little more than property by the country in question. Further proof that the UN is a joke that should not be taken seriously.
 
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Whether nation-state A or B is given a position in one of the UN's select committees or workgroups has nothing to do with that particular nation-state's performance or position vis-à-vis the issue at hand. The Saudis have been elected members of the UNHRC (human rights council) many times - right now Bahrain sits on the committee. This is how intergovernmental organizations and diplomacy work, and that has always been the case. In a number of years, a new set of countries will be elected and we'll be having this discussion again.
 
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Whether nation-state A or B is given a position in one of the UN's select committees or workgroups has nothing to do with that particular nation-state's performance or position vis-à-vis the issue at hand. The Saudis have been elected members of the UNHRC (human rights council) many times - right now Bahrain sits on the committee. This is how intergovernmental organizations and diplomacy work, and that has always been the case. In a number of years, a new set of countries will be elected and we'll be having this discussion again.
Yeah, we know that. It doesn't make it any less ironic or sad.
 
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I say bring it on. The faster this twisted bullshit happens, the faster the regressive left will see the natural outcomes of their ideas. Muslims remain the great paradoxical blindspot in the Social Justice agenda. Enemies of white classical liberalism, yet responsible for an amount of harm that is impossible to quantify everywhere their fundamentalists take root.
 
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No. I am concerned that the UN is trying at best to teach by inclusion and at worst letting the wolf run the roost house. Fuck these types of committee appointments. Make a stand and then enforce it by exclusion. The UN is the one concerned with optics.
I'm pretty sure that they have a rational explanation.
 
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Many of these threads about the UN, are dependent on how you view the organization. The UN was not established to be an “immaculate” organization but to have people of power around the world engage in diplomatic relations, and in that sense it has had some success, and it’s hard to say where the world would be without it.