“Many women who do not dress modestly lead young men astray and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes,” Mr. Sediqi, one of the main Friday prayer leaders in Tehran, told viewers in his televised sermon in April.
While the international community was laughing about Iran’s absurd earthquake theories, it turns out the joke was on them. Only a few days after the regime’s misogynist statements, Iran won a seat on the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women. Not a single member state—including the United States, Canada, Australia and 10 European countries—objected to Iran’s promotion. It is a particularly disturbing development in light of the Islamic regime’s brutality against women, which includes stoning adulterers on the flimsiest of evidence.
More than 200 Iranian women activists had warned in an open letter that the Islamic Republic’s membership would be a “serious threat” to the goals and mission of the U.N. commission. But their voices—to the U.N’s eternal shame—were ignored.