NGO Expectations Exalt Women Above Common Sense

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“Gender equality is all a cover for matriarchy,” remarked an observer at this week’s United Nations (U.N.) Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The desire to transfer power to oneself is as old as Eve. Today’s “Eves” band together in organizations that latch onto the U.N., demanding international recognition, authority and funding for women – not based on merit, but on God’s gift of X chromosomes.

Created as a forum for governments to dialogue, debate and work out agreements, the United Nations tempts those seeking worldwide compliance to their ideology. Over the past two decades, nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and academics have become more active in the U.N. system. Unlike democracies, however, these unelected and unaccountable NGO representatives demand, more and more, to have near-equal authority to governments.

NGOs gather in parallel meetings to the United Nations, simulating the procedures and producing documents to be presented to delegates as language to incorporate into U.N. documents.

This year’s NGO expectations for the Commission on the Status of Women include:

  • “We recommend a change in language for programs emphasizing prevention for maternal-to-child-transmission to emphasize parental-to-child-transmission language. This language transformation would help to take the blame away from women. This should not however, take support away from programs specifically addressing the needs of women in regard to maternal transmission and post-natal/HIV/AIDS care.” [Euphemisms may alleviate hurting women’s feelings, but disguise the true nature of innocent forms of HIV/AIDS transmission that can only occur through women-childbirth and breastfeeding.]
  • Requiring faith-based groups to create comprehensive education targeting “young people at as early an age as possible … that stress the sexual responsibility of men and boys.” [No mention is made of the sexual responsibility of women and girls, or of respect for faith-based groups’ own beliefs.]
  • To address HIV/AIDS, “change male sexual behavior to not use coercion, violence, or exchange of money to obtain sexual services.” [This neglects the primary problem of multiple sex partners.]
  • Calls for balancing power by moving “beyond binary understanding of gender to include transgender.”
  • Calls for funding to “advance the Convention on the Rights of the Child to also achieve a family-friendly society.” [Pro-family advocates have deep concerns over the Convention on the Rights of the Child’s treatment of children as autonomous decision-makers and lack of respect for parents, the providers and nurturers of healthy families.]
  • Requires quotas from 40 to 50% of women in (1) all decision-making processes in (2) post-conflict settings as special representatives to the Secretary General, and (3) in peace negotiations and agreements, “or the U.N. should not participate.” [While none of these settings can endure unqualified participants, the last puts gender ideology above peace. It does not consider the years of utter turmoil and upheaval some countries have undergone prior to negotiations, resulting in some cases in a lack of qualified women to fill a 50% quota. The struggling nation would be disqualified from receiving help at a time it is most desperate.]

This year’s CSW theme acknowledges the role men and boys can play in improving women’s lives and implies a respect that men have value. But a closer look at the NGOs expectations reveals a view that men are mere instruments to hand over power to women.

Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse and Wendy Wright are non-government organization (NGO) representatives to the United Nations from Concerned Women for America. Dr. Crouse is Senior Fellow of the Beverly LaHaye Institute. Miss Wright is Senior Policy Director responsible for international and life issues. They are in New York attending the 2004 sessions of the Commission on the Status of Women.

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