On Tuesday, the United Nations voted to elect China and Iran to the Commission on the Status of Women, which is “exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.”
Iran is one of the most oppressive countries to women on Earth. According to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report, Iran ranks 140 out of 144 countries in terms of gender parity. The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security Index ranked Iran 116 out of 153 countries because of their legal discrimination against women.
The Index explains, “legal discrimination is a significant barrier to gender equality in Iran and is among the factors pulling the index rank down to 116. According to the World Bank, there are 23 restrictions against married women in Iranian law, including in applying for a passport, traveling outside the home, choosing where to live, and being head of the household.”
In April 2019, Iran sentenced a human-rights lawyer to 148 lashes and 38 years in prison for defending women’s rights. That same year, three women were sentenced by Iran to a total of 55 years and 6 months in prison for “disrespecting compulsory hijab.”
China, who was also elected to the commission, control the number of children a woman is allowed to have, allowing two children since 2015 after only allowing one child since 1979. China also forcefully sterilizes certain ethnic and racial groups of women to suppress their population.
China, which currently is executing a genocide against Christians and Uygur Muslims, is also a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, which has the responsibility to take action against genocide and other crimes against humanity.