Ever since Jimmy Carter opened the door for the founding of the fundamentalist Islamic, Republic of Iran, the country has oppressed its female citizens. Within months of the Shah’s ouster, the Islamo-fascists began to force women to observe Islamic dress code; many public places were sex-segregated; the legal age of marriage for girls was reduced to 13 (the Prophet was also a pedophile), and married women were barred from attending regular schools. Segregation of the sexes is brutally enforced, any woman caught by revolutionary officials in a mixed-sex situation can be subject to virginity tests.

Adultery committed by women is punished by being buried up to your chest, so you cannot move and having rocks brutally thrown at you until you are dead. Iran’s Penal Code prescribes execution by stoning and dictates that the stones are to be large enough to cause pain, but not so large as to kill the victim immediately.

If a woman is an public and there is exposure of any part of her body (other than hands and face) she is subject to punishment of up to 70 lashes or 60 days imprisonment. And of course there is the latest madness, women are not allowed to have suntans:

Brig Hossien Sajedinia, Tehran’s police chief, said a national crackdown on opposition sympathisers would be extended to women who have been deemed to be violating the spirit of Islamic laws. He said: “The public expects us to act firmly and swiftly if we see any social misbehaviour by women, and men, who defy our Islamic values. In some areas of north Tehran we can see many suntanned women and young girls who look like walking mannequins.

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“We are not going to tolerate this situation and will first warn those found in this manner and then arrest and imprison them.”

Despite the horrible treatment of women in the thugocracy of Iran, the United Nations has chosen the country to have a leadership role on the U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women?

Anne Bayefsky of UN Watch points out the idiocy of such a move

The United Nations Economic and Social Council yesterday elected Iran to serve a four-year term — beginning in 2011 — on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The U.N. calls the Commission “the principal global policy-making body” on women’s rights and claims it is “dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women.” Yet Iran was elected by acclamation. It was one of only two candidates for two slots allocated to the Asian regional bloc – in other words, a fixed slate and a done deal. 

…The 2009 U.S. State Department report on Iran outlines other highlights of Iran’s women’s rights credentials. For instance, “spousal rape is not illegal” and when it comes to any other kind of rape “most rape victims did not report the crime to authorities because they feared…punishment for having been raped…Four male witnesses or three men and two women are required for conviction. A woman or man found making a false accusation of rape is subject to 80 lashes.” 

Other features of Iran’s legal system, according to the State Department, include: “a man may escape punishment for killing a wife caught in the act of adultery if he is certain she was a consenting partner….[I]n 2008, 50 honor killings were reported during a seven-month period…” In general, “the testimony of two women is equal to that of one man.” Moreover, “a woman has the right to divorce only if her husband signs a contract granting that right, cannot provide for his family, or is a drug addict, insane, or impotent. A husband was not required to cite a reason for divorcing his wife.” 

The UN’s Commission on the Status of Women doesn’t really give a damn about the treatment of women in Iran, or anywhere else in the world. It acts as another arm of the United Nations’ effort to deligitimize Israel. You may remember it was the UN’s World Conference of the International Women’s Year in 1975 that first passed the “Zionism is Racism” slander.  The UN’s efforts to “protect women” has not improved in the intervening 35 years.

For years the CSW has only ever adopted one resolution naming any country for violating women’s rights — you guessed it – Palestinian women’s rights allegedly violated by Israel. The Commission is “gravely concerned” about Israeli violations of Palestinian rights. The right to life of Palestinian women and girls subject to honor killings, coerced into becoming suicide bombers or child soldiers at the hands of non-Israelis somehow has never made it on to their radar screen. And the same is true of the rights of women and girls violated by any other specific state on earth but Israel.

This is another example of just one more U.N. body following an Orwellian strategy of stating their purpose as doing one thing, but actually doing the opposite. And the most fun part of it all is that almost a quarter of the UN’s funding comes out of the pockets of American Taxpayers. Now that is a spending cut our government should make right away.