Belgian Coverage: U.N. Elects Saudi Arabia To Women’s Rights Commission

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Again, the United Nations has acted irrationally. By secret ballot recently, the U.N. Economic and Social Council’s 45-member U.N. Commission on the Status of Women elected Saudi Arabia to become a new member of that group. Can you believe that?

Here is a country where women can’t drive, where women are second-class citizens, where medical treatment has to be approved by a husband or other close male relative. The same holds true for enrolling in an institution of higher learning, where approval is needed to travel outside of the country.

This is a country where every woman has to have a “guardian” who controls her life. Saudi women have severe clothing restrictions. Saudi women are restricted from going to government buildings, restaurants, hotel lobbies, and even public transportation without a male chaperone. The women there are not allowed to open a bank account without permission.

Yes, this is the same country that was elected to represent women’s rights in the United Nations.

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This paves the way to roll back protections of these natural and cultural treasures and open them up to mining, logging and drilling. Trump prides himself on being unpredictable, but his scorched-earth assault on our environment has become predictable. His administration continues to repeal environmental regulations, and the Environmental Protection Agency is essentially gutted by the appointment of Scott Pruitt as director, and the slashing of its budget by more than one-third.

It’s not “the” environment; it’s “our” environment — the sum total of everything that we humans and all life in general must have, including air, water, sustenance, homes, habitat and recreation. Everything is interrelated and connected. God created the science undergirding the complex but fragile systems and relationships in place for millions of years, and we are the stewards.

Yet environmental health is viewed as an “unnecessary burden” on American workers. There is middle ground for both jobs and resource quality and sustainability; it need not be the binary choice it currently is. Our children and future generations will inherit the world we leave them. Will we Americans just sit on the sidelines until another Cuyahoga River catches on fire, or will we not allow our environment to be sacrificed on the altar?

Our voices need to be heard, or we all lose.

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Source : http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-letters-united-nations-welcome-saudis-to-commission-on-women-20170512-story.html

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