ICBPS- On April 19, 2021, the Islamic Republic of Iran was elected [selected] to the UN’s Commission on Status of Women, an organization that acts as the global champion for alleged gender equality.
The Sharia-ruled regime has been appointed to the UN Commission on Status of Women for a four-year term along with China, Japan, Lebanon, and Pakistan (three appointees are Muslim countries, another is ruled by a communist party).
Among the 15 EU and Western group democracies at the UN’s Economic and Social Council, at least four voted to elect the misogynistic regime to the Commission on the Status of Women, according to the independent non-governmental organization UN Watch.
The decision adopted by the UN’s Economic and Social Council, reported first by UN Watch, sparked outrage among Iranian citizens.
People have been asking the question: ”to what purpose have all funds and money been spent?”.
This is the exact question that the citizens throughout the globe should ask their governments.
The taxpayers should know on what their tax money are being spent as the contributions received by the United Nations Regular [annual] Budget, because a regime with a history of oppressing women’s rights has been elected to the UN Commission on Status of Women for a four-year term.
The taxpayers should hold their governments accountable on how they voted in favor of a suppressive regime.
Is this the consequences of the Do-Nothing Iranian activists inefficiency? The so-called activists must be blamed for this, not the “United Nothing”, also known as United Nations. Annually, hundreds of thousands of dollars are given to the so-called activists for nothing!
So far, their activism has not yielded any results, so at least, the fundraising must be stopped to avoid wasting taxpayers’ dollars, which can be used for more important and vital issues such as helping Africans, Asians, South Americans from poverty, famine, water shortage, and help them to face difficulties.
The so-called voting was secret, the fact that Tehran’s regime won 43 votes means that only 11 ECOSOC members did not vote for Ayatollahs.
Previously, in 2017, when an ignominious secret ballot for the same UN women’s Rights Commission elected Saudi Arabia, supported by 47 countries, including at least three European nations, it was another human rights catastrophe that happened.
Such elections are an affront to the mission of UN Commission on Status of Women and a rebuke to women in the undeveloped-developing countries.
The misogynistic regime’s and repressive states’ seats on the commission will never encourage them to standing with their women seeking to empower themselves.
Women in such countries are chafed for years under the oppressive Islamic guardianship system which forbids them from obtaining a passport, marrying, or traveling abroad without the approval of a male guardian, usually a husband, or father, as Kaveh Taheri and Laleh Moazen mentioned in their 2017 essay on HuffPost.
Women are banned from leaving the country without first receiving permission from their husbands; single Iranian women (up to age 40) may need their father’s permission to travel abroad. Husbands can ban their wives from leaving the country at any time.
The Islamic Consultative Assembly in Iran has opposed granting citizenship to children born of the marriage of Iranian women with foreign non Muslim men.
Gender inequality and discrimination pervade Iranian society under Sharia law.
In Iran, the testimony of a man is given twice the weight of a woman’s according to the Constitution. Moreover, the testimony of a woman is not accepted for certain types of offenses specially sexual assault.
Women undergo various forms of harassment, abuse, and discrimination by the Islamic regime in Iran on a daily basis for not observing “proper” hijab. “Those women that appear in the streets and public places without the Islamic hijab shall be sentenced to prison or fined as a punishment to pay some money to superior authorities,” according to the Islamic Penal Code.
The guardianship of children is granted to the father and or the paternal grandfather and not to the mother.
The husband can end his marriage without any grounds in accordance with Sharia law. “A man can divorce his wife whenever he wishes to do so.”
At the core of the marriage contract is ”tamkin”, or the wife’s submission, defined as an unhampered sexual availability that is regarded as a man’s right and as a woman’s duty.
The president must be elected from among religious and political men, according to Article 114 and 115 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Thus, the constitution rules out half of Iran’s population and systematically bars women from running for president.
Equal rights to inheritance is also not established under Iran’s Islamic Sharia law—when a father dies, his son is entitled to twice as much as his daughter, according to Islamic Code.
This is the regime that was elected to the UN Commission on Status of Women for alleged women’s empowerment.
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