22 November 2017
Saudi Arabia is a country where women were banned from driving until just a few months ago.
It is a country where women cannot go into public without covering their body from head to toe.
It is a country where women cannot get married or divorced, travel, be educated or employed, open a bank account or undergo surgery without the permission of a male guardian.
It is a country which ranks 141 out of 144 in the world for gender equality.
And yet, it is a country which has been elected onto the UN women’s rights commission.
Yes, you read that correctly. Women’s rights.
A commission whose goals are, according to the UN:
“Promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.”
Putting Saudi Arabia on the UN council for female empowerment and gender equality is like putting a handbag maker in charge of a crocodile sanctuary.
The highest form of hypocrisy.