WALL, NJ - Assemblywoman Angelini has introduced legislation which expresses New Jersey’s opposition to Iran's election to the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women.
The Commission on the Status of Women is dedicated exclusively to gender equality and the advancement of women. The mission of the commission, which gathers annually at United Nations Headquarters in New York, is to set global standards and create concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide.
“It defies logic to give a nation that treats women as second class citizens the task of furthering gender equality,” said Angelini. “Clearly, it would be a grave injustice to have Iran sit on this council as they would surely hinder the goal of advancing women’s rights.”
The Islamic Republic's government, in contrast to the commission's stated mission, has taken steps to deter women's progress. Currently in Iran, a woman is unable to choose her husband, cannot work without her husband's consent, has no right to divorce or to the legal guardianship of her children, and has no protection from violent treatment in public places.
Assembly Resolution 94 urges every member of New Jersey's Congressional delegation to voice its opposition to the United Nation's decision to seat Iran on a commission whose stated mission is to promote the rights of women throughout the world.
“I strongly urge New Jersey’s Congressional delegation to oppose this action and to elect a more appropriate member to the commission,” said Angelini. “The United Nations should select a country that would help to make a difference for women around the world.”
The bill has been referred to the Assembly Human Services Committee and is now waiting to be posted for a vote.