Janice Shaw Crouse

As if we didn’t have enough trouble already at the United Nations (U.N.) from feminists pushing a radical agenda on the world, they are now trying to “reform” the whole “gender architecture” of the U.N. A coalition of 157 representatives from Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) are using the 51st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) –– holding its annual two-week session in New York at U.N. headquarters from February 26 through March 9) –– as a platform to urge Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to accept a proposal for the creation of a new U.N. women’s agency, put it on a fast track for implementation and fund the agency “ambitiously.”

The High-Level Panel of U.N. System-Wide Coherence (don’t you just love the titles of U.N. entities?) prompted the “gender equity” proposal for the new agency. The panel is composed of 15 members who are heads of government, former world political leaders and senior government and U.N. officials. They stated that their recommendation for a new women’s agency should be considered a “mandate of the entire U.N. system” and that the new “dynamic entity focused on gender equality and women’s empowerment” should be “ambitiously” funded. Such a strongly worded recommendation is clear indication of the already-existing power and influence of so-called “women’s rights” groups at the U.N.. For instance, the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) is demanding that the U.N. consult with “women’s rights groups” as the new agency is developed so that their “perspectives” will be integral in its operations.

The U.N. currently funds over $65 million for its various women’s programs, but the leftist NGOs argue that much more money is needed; African women leaders are saying at least a billion dollars is the minimum necessary “to make up for lost time and to turn rhetoric into reality.” To put the money “in its right perspective,” argues a joint statement by African leaders, including Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia, and Graca Machel, President of the Foundation for Community Development in Mozambique, "Surely, ameliorating the lives of half the global population is worth one billion dollars a year -- for a start." In asking for more money for “women’s work,” others at the CSW point out that UNFPA (the U.N. Population Fund) is funded at $450 million and UNICEF, the children’s agency, has a $2 billion budget.

Janice Shaw Crouse

Janice Shaw Crouse is a former speechwriter for George H. W. Bush and now political commentator for the Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee.
TOWNHALL DAILY: Be the first to read Janice Shaw Crouse's column. Sign up today and receive Townhall.com daily lineup delivered each morning to your inbox.