U.N. elects Saudi Arabia to Women’s Rights body for the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women

The UN Council elected by secret ballot 13 members to four-year terms of the Commission on the Status of Women:  Algeria, Comoros, Congo, Ghana and Kenya (African States); Iraq, Japan, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia and Turkmenistan (Asia-Pacific States); and Ecuador, Haiti and Nicaragua (Latin American and Caribbean States).

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. A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it was established by Council resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946.

“Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, an UN Watch is a Geneva-based human rights organization. “It’s absurd — and morally reprehensible.” “This is a black day for women’s rights, and for all human rights,” said Neuer.