Do Not Shut Out Pro-Life Women at the United Nations
I am asking you to allow the voices of pro-life and pro-family women to be heard at the 67th Commission on the Status of Women. Pro-life and pro-family women are representative of many different religions, cultures, and nations around the world. It is disrespectful and discriminatory to silence their perspectives.
Even now, the gatekeeper responsible for Parallel Events (NGO/CSW NY) is demanding all applicants sign a controversial attestation which appears to be designed to exclude pro-life and pro-family women.
This attestation requires the applicant to acknowledge that “sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism, transphobia, global North domination and other institutionalized forms of oppression exist.” Many of these terms are not defined or are highly debatable. They should not be employed to screen out applicants with varying perspectives.
This attestation requires the applicant to “work actively not to replicate white patriarchal structures.” The term “patriarchal structures” is how some people refer to traditional cultures that uphold distinct roles for men and women. Those who honour and celebrate those roles may not be able to sign this attestation.
As well, this attestation states that “offensive comments related to… gender identity and expression” and “sexual orientation” will not be tolerated. While one should generally avoid offending others, it is impossible to promise to be inoffensive, especially when addressing subjects that are not agreed upon in international policy and law, namely transgenderism and homosexuality. Those who speak on behalf of traditional cultures are inherently offensive to those promoting transgender and homosexual rights, and so this attestation unjustly excludes their voices.
In light of these concerns, and in the hope that you will want to include and welcome women of all religions, cultures, and backgrounds, I ask that you instruct NGO/CSW NY to remove its attestation requirement and permit the inclusion of pro-life and pro-family women in Parallel Events at the 67th Commission on the Status of Women.