The UN’s 45-member Commission on the Status of Women singled out Israel as the world’s only violator of women’s rights, by a vote of 27 to 2, with 13 abstentions. 

The UN summary is below.

“Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women”

116.  At the 17th meeting, on 19 March [2015], the observer for South Africa, on behalf of the States Members of the United Nations that are members of the Group of 77 and China, introduced a draft resolution entitled “Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women” (E/CN.6/2015/L.2).

117.  At the 19th meeting, on 20 March, the Commission was informed that the draft resolution contained no programme budget implications.

118.  At the same meeting, Turkey joined in sponsoring the draft resolution.

119.  Also at the same meeting, the observer for the State of Palestine made a statement to request that the “State of Palestine” be deleted from the list of co‑sponsors of the draft resolution.

120.  Also at the 19th meeting, the Secretary of the Commission stated that in view of the request, the State of Palestine was no longer a co-sponsor of the draft resolution.

121.  At the 19th meeting, the Commission adopted the draft resolution by a recorded vote of 27 to 2, with 13 abstentions, and recommended it to the Economic and Social Council for its adoption (see chap. I, sect. A, draft resolution I). The voting was as follows:

In favour:  Bangladesh, Belarus, Brazil, China, Congo, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Niger, Pakistan, Russia, Sudan, Thailand, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Zimbabwe.

AgainstIsrael, United States of America.

Abstaining: Belgium, Burkina Faso, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Jamaica, Japan, Netherlands, Paraguay, Republic of Korea, Spain, Switzerland.

  1. Before the vote, statements were made by the representatives of Israel and the Netherlands (also on behalf of the States Members of the United Nations that are members of the European Union).
  2. After the vote, statements in explanation of vote were made by the representatives of the United States of America and Japan.
  3. After the vote, a statement was also made by the observer for the State of Palestine.

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