Like many other people I was really taken aback by a report that appeared in this mornings papers of remarks made by some non-entity from the United Nations who is reported as saying in The Times that:
Sexism is more pervasive and "in your face" according to the United Nations investigator into violence against women.
What planet does she live on?
Britain's far from perfect, as is her own quite dangerous country South Africa. But from reports into the position of women around the world the UK is no way the worst. In fact as Sarah AB points out at Harry's Place:
According to one recent survey the UK was the 18th best place to be a woman, and Manjoo’s report, her observations about the areas for improvement, would have been more credible if she hadn’t magnified the country’s failings in such a perverse way. She has apparently visited India – which is one of the very worst countries to be a woman – and Jordan, where a woman’s testimony was recently deemed invalid because she wasn’t veiled.
So here are a couple of videos about women in Saudi Arabia the home of Wahhabism, an extreme and violent form of Islam which enforces APARTHEID against women.
Surely someone from South Africa should be a little concerned about the position of women in the oppressive Saudi state.
Here are two videos that illustrate the very real oppression of women in Saudi Arabia.
And Ms Manjoo, talking of violence against women.
Here's a misogynist cleric justifying the beating of women in Islam: