Tuesday, 8 March 2011

The UN’s latest insult to women

On the eve of International Women’s Day, which celebrates its 100th anniversary on March 8, the United Nations has delivered a serious insult to women around the world: On March 4, the UN appointed Iran to its Commission for the Status of Women.

Iran has an abysmal record on women’s rights. Its police can arrest women for getting a suntan, wearing too much makeup, or dressing “immodestly.” One of its religious leaders made headlines around the world last year when he blamed women’s immodesty for causing a series of earthquakes. In 2003, Iranian state thugs raped, tortured and killed Iranian-Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi because she photographed a Tehran prison.

Even for the UN, which has a long record of exonerating dictatorships even as it obsessively attacks Israel, this display of insensitivity just a few days before an important anniversary represents a new low. The incident helps explain why intelligent people long ago stopped taking ther UN’s pronouncements seriously.


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