If you needed any further proof that the UN is most definitely dysfunctional, prone to pandering to dictatorial regimes, and generally just so tone deaf to matters of common sense that they can’t be trusted to give you the time of day correctly then their election of Iran to their Commission on the Status of Women should be all you need. Anyone who thinks the leadership of a country that has laws in place to punish women for being raped, stoned for committing adultery (when little happens to the man in question) and publicly lashing women deemed “immodest” can be trusted to have a say on a human-rights commission specifically dedicated to oversight of womens’ rights is either nuts or willfully negligent.
Buried 2,000 words deep in a U.N. press release distributed Wednesday on the filling of “vacancies in subsidiary bodies,” was the stark announcement: Iran, along with representatives from 10 other nations, was “elected by acclamation,” meaning that no open vote was requested or required by any member states — including the United States.
The U.S. currently holds one of the 45 seats on the body, a position set to expire in 2012. The U.S. Mission to the U.N. did not return requests for comment on whether it actively opposed elevating Iran to the women’s commission.
Iran’s election comes just a week after one of its senior clerics declared that women who wear revealing clothing are to blame for earthquakes, a statement that created an international uproar — but little affected their bid to become an international arbiter of women’s rights.
I’m guessing that the election was no more transparent than the press release which obviously did its best to avoid actually notifying anyone of Iran’s election. Whether the US knew about it or not remains to be seen. No one’s talking about it now, which leads me to believe it was a surprise to the US Ambassador’s staff.
Seriously, though, any organization that would permit a nation so clearly against equality for women to hold such a seat isn’t really a group we need to be involved with.