It took years to make the United Nations’ newest agency, UN Women, a reality, and then just one day to effectively kill it.
Death was effected by allowing onto its board a kingdom where women are not just infamously prohibited from driving but are also virtual minors who need a male guardian’s permission to travel and to have surgery — and must be covered from head to toe in public.
As one of two countries guaranteed seats as emerging donor nations, Saudi Arabia essentially bought its way onto the board of UN Women, which is dedicated to gender equality around the world.
See also Irshad Manji’s take on it.
Two sources of fabulous irritation for the price of one, all in the NY Times. And as a bonus, there’s repeated use of ‘blindness’ as a metaphor for lack of knowledge. Go add your voice to the comments! (I recommend comments 49 and 89.) Thanks, LA!
Lawyer Bennett Epstein requested a (possible) day off for his granchild’s bris, noting that if grandchild is a girl no such time will be needed, as Judaism does not call for any celebration of a girl’s birth. Judge Kimba Wood’s response:
Mr. Epstein will be permitted to attend the bris, in the joyous event that a son is born. But the Court would like to balance the scales. If a daughter is born, there will be a public celebration in Court, with readings from poetry celebrating girls and women.
Epstein thought the response was wonderful. And…
…on the topic of having to ask a noted female judge for time off to celebrate the birth of a boy, but not a girl, Epstein minced no words:
“Look, the Jewish religion is sexist. It just is. But I didn’t make the rules!”
For more, go here. (Thanks, anon!)