The United Nations is facing growing scrutiny in the wake of Iran’s election to a top committee on women’s rights within the organization.
“We consider the election of the extremely misogynistic regime of Iran as an insult to all Iranian women, the main victims of this regime during the last four decades,” the Association of Iranian Women in France said in a statement released with their counterparts in Italy and Sweden.
“We call on governments, institutions and associations to condemn this decision,” the statement continued.
“A regime that does not allow women to make decisions for their own bodies has been elected to a body to monitor the condition of women around the world,” Masih Alinejad, a US-based women’s activist, said in testimony before the Swedish parliament.
Alinejad initially called the news “surreal” in a tweet last week.
Women sit by a fountain in the courtyard of the Emamzadeh Saleh shrine in Tehran, Iran. ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images