Most twisted news I
have heard in a while in the
women’s affairs sphere
So the UN are compiling a secret vote as to whether to allow Saudi Arabia onto a body which discusses and deals with women’s rights. You have got to be joking. The only reason I heard of it was that over the last couple of days, our Minister for Foreign Affairs has refused to reveal whether he said yes or no to it. The secret part of it is that Saudi Arabia won’t know who voted for or against them or who voted at all. So yeah I guess they’d find out if it was all over the media but people have a right to know what their government is getting up to internationally. So who cares if they find out. Surely we don’t need their business that much? They don’t deserve our beef! It’s the UN who need their head testing even considering it though I suppose they might think they will be helping women in Saudi Arabia, or they can keep an eye on Saudi Arabia. Rather naive I think as Saudi Arabia has so far got away with murder, literally, at home and abroad, and knows it can because people depend on it for oil.
Anyway, our Foreign Affairs minister says he’s not telling anyone, even people in the government cabinet (which I find hard to believe) and our Prime Minister is looking insincere, which he is in my opinion, for not being clear on whether he brought it (women’s issues) up with the Saudis on a previous trade mission trip in 2014. I can’t imagine he did bring it up specifically, the kowtowing groveller that he is. Too interested in getting business from that place. Though he is meant to be stepping down soon (leave already!), I can’t see his replacement being any better. I’m talking about this here because Japan’s PM seems very fond of Saudi Arabia also (and well he is PM of a country where women have had to fight to keep their own name after getting married for flip sake), and often seems to be kowtowing in the most obsequious manner (to use the onomatopoeia ぺこぺこ). These two PMs are not the only ones almost afraid of bringing Saudi Arabia to task on this very important issue and making them change their backward attitude to women and give them legal rights to carry out things that are normal in most civilised countries but they’re the ones who interest me most obviously. An extreme example of too much money (made from their oil which sadly many countries want) and no sense. Leaders of countries including mine are afraid they might lose business. Pathetic. They should make them improve before inviting them on any such bodies, if they absolutely have to do that. Some proof of improvement, I think, would be the introduction of laws to allow women certain rights which the rest of the world would then see. And abolishing certain existing laws of course. Politicians in many countries have deplorable, sad attitudes to women, including their female counterparts in parliament, and women under the yoke of the Catholic Church here and elsewhere had it hard for a long time also – so it’s not just there that religion affects laws and/or attitudes. Saudi Arabia and other countries nearby still, however, choose to remain a world apart. Of course, some men have had it hard there too like the blogger who was flogged for revealing information about the country through his blog. But for women it is a whole lot worse.
No, I have not been there and I have no interest in going in the next lifetime. I wouldn’t put my time or money into the tourism industry of a country, Saudi Arabia or neighbouring countries with similar attitudes, that treats women like that. Hell, I don’t even like the idea of visiting the US on holiday, which I otherwise would like to do, while the orange clown is in charge, nor France should Le Pen win this weekend (and I don’t think Macron is a great choice either but she’s awful, not as bad as her old dinosaur father but just as harmful to France’s future as he would have been).