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 continue trying to “reform” the whole “gender architecture” of the U.N.  A coalition of 82 organizations in over 35 countries are using the 52nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) — holding its annual two-week session in New York at U.N. headquarters from February 25 through March 7 — as a platform to urge member states of the U.N. 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.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is already backing this effort.  His message on November 25, 2007 for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women included this quote, “I believe we could significantly advance our cause by replacing several current structures with one dynamic U.N. entity.  Such a new body should be able to call on all of the U.N. system’s resources in the work to empower women and realize gender equality worldwide.”

The new global campaign is called Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR).  In order to achieve women’s empowerment and equality through this new entity for women, the feminists state, “It must be funded initially at a minimum level of $500 million to $1 billion USD with increases over time.” [emphasis added] That certainly is an ambitious funding goal.

The High-Level Panel of U.N. System-Wide Coherence (don’t you just love the titles of U.N. entities?) prompted the “gender equality” proposal for the new agency in 2006.  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 a 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) demanded 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.


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.
 
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