UN Delegates Shocked And Appalled After Visit To The United States (VIDEO)

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Religious extremism is taking a huge toll on women living in the United States, a team of delegates from the United Nations concluded, following a ten day tour of the country.

The delegates found that United States women are systemically deprived of equal representation in government.

The United States is falling further and further behind other civilized nations when it comes to gender equality and women’s rights. The team found disturbing trends of gender inequality and religious oppression during the recent tour, some of which they described as “shocking.”

The delegates found that United States women are systemically deprived of equal representation in government. The country now has fewer women in government than Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan or Iraq, in spite of the persistent false belief that US women are much better off than women living in predominantly Muslim countries.

On a global scale, when it comes to female representation in government, the United States ranks in the bottom half of the 140 countries assessed by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, 72nd in the world.

As Huffington Post reports, delegates said:

“recommendations for the U.S. include passing campaign finance reform that would allow more women to be elected into office, because the networks that raise money for political candidates are mostly dominated by men.”

Women in the United States are being economically oppressed.

Delegates found a wide range of laws and government policies that negatively impact women living in the United States.

The gender wage gap in the United States stands at 23 percent, putting US women below women in countries like South Africa and the Philippines, when it comes to pay equality. On the other hand, “evil” Socialists countries such as Finland, Iceland, Denmark and Sweden have nearly eliminated the gender pay gap altogether.

In order to improve economic conditions for women in the United States, the UN recommends raising the federal minimum wage, saying that the country’s low wage disproportionately affects women.

“The lack of accommodation in the workplace to women’s pregnancy, birth and post-natal needs is shocking.”

The United States is one of just two countries in the world that does not mandate paid maternity leave. As of 2014, the only other country on earth that does not provide paid maternal leave is Papua New Guinea.

While a wealth of research has been conducted that shows paid maternal leave has a positive impact on the health and well-being of both women and infants, republican “family values” politicians in the US have consistently blocked any effort to provide for new mothers or the not-so-precious delivered fetus.

Because paid parental leave has been shown to reduce both the infant and maternal death rate, as well as reduce postpartum and post-natal healthcare costs, and to improve the bond between parents and children, the United Nations recommends a minimum of 14 weeks paid parental leave.

“The lack of accommodation in the workplace to women’s pregnancy, birth and post-natal needs is shocking,” one of the UN delegates told the Huffington Post. “Unthinkable in any society, and certainly one of the richest societies in the world.”

The maternal death rate is skyrocketing in the US, but declining everywhere else.

The lack of parental leave in the United States is just one of many factors that is contributing to the United States now having thehighest maternal death rate in the civilized world.

While most of the world’s nations are reducing the number of women who die as a result of pregnancy or childbirth related complications, the United States is one of only four countries in the world that is moving backward, instead of forward. Only the nations of Afghanistan, El Salvador, South Sudan and the United States of America saw an increase in the number of maternal deaths last year. Since 20o7, the maternal death rate in the United States has nearly doubled, rising from 14.5 deaths per 100,000 to 28 deaths per 100,000 in that time period.

As Addicting Info reported here, a woman giving birth in the United States is now twice as likely to die as a result of pregnancy or childbirth than her mother was, and that is in spite of major advances in medicine and healthcare technology. US women are seven times more likely to die in childbirth than women living in Austria, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden, all nation’s which have a maternal mortality rate of just 4 deaths per 100,000.

“It’s a kind of terrorism… To us it was shocking.”

The severe consequences of religious oppression on the health and well-being of women in the United States were all too clear to United Nations observers during their recent visit.

As the Huffington Post reports, delegates said the “most telling moment” of the visit was when they attempted to visit an abortion clinic in the state of Alabama.

“We were harassed. There were two vigilante men waiting to insult us,” said Frances Raday, the delegate from the U.K. The men repeatedly shouted, “You’re murdering children!” at them as soon as they neared the clinic, even though Raday said they are clearly past childbearing age.

“It’s a kind of terrorism,” added Eleonora Zielinska, the delegate from Poland. “To us, it was shocking.”

Zielinska explained that “in most European countries abortions are performed at general doctors’ offices and hospitals that offer all kinds of other health services, so there aren’t protesters waiting to heckle the women who enter.”

“Religious freedom does not justify discrimination against women…”

UN observers noted that religious oppression of women is a growing concern in the US. As right-wing extremists in government work to cut off access to women’s reproductive choices, including access to birth control and access to abortion services, the maternal death rate continues to climb.

“Religious freedom does not justify discrimination against women, nor does it justify depriving women of their rights to the highest standard of health care,” Raday said.

Current policies pushed by right-wing political leaders are harming women in a number of other ways, the delegates found. For example, a woman living in the US is 11 times more likely to be killed by a gun than a woman living in any other civilized nation.

Delegates baffled by the myth that US women are better off than women in other countries.

While the NRA and right-wing politicians tell us that more guns will equal less gun violence, when we compare the amount of gun violence in the US to that of countries that strictly regulate access to guns, we can see that America’s “more guns” policies lead to more deaths, not less.

The US also lags behind other nations when it comes to providing affordable childcare, as well as in its treatment of female migrants in detention centers.

The Huffington Post reports:

While the delegates were shocked by many things they saw in the U.S., perhaps the biggest surprise of their trip, they said, was learning that women in the country don’t seem to know what they’re missing.

“So many people really believe that U.S. women are way better off with respect to rights than any woman in the world,” Raday said. “They would say, ‘Prove it! What do you mean other people have paid maternity leave?’”

Watch this overview on the state of women’s rights in the US, courtesy of Now This on Facebook.

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info