The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

17 March 2006

Up against the graft ceiling

Now why didn't I think of this?

In the 60 years since the United Nations was founded, no woman has served as secretary general. And despite the body's stated goal of achieving gender parity within the system by the year 2000, women remain grossly underrepresented. The numbers are embarrassing: Only 16 percent of undersecretaries general are women.

Eleanor Roosevelt, who played a critical role in the early years of the United Nations, reminded us that universal human rights begin in small places, close to home, in this case the halls of the United Nations. She said, "Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere."

Women's unequal access to positions of power in the United Nations hinders progress toward all the organization's goals, including equality, development and peace. The Security Council should take Mrs. Roosevelt's wise words "close to home" in choosing the next secretary general. It's time for a woman.

Quickly, now: What "universal human rights" actually originated in the halls of the United Nations? Anyone? Bueller?

In other news, divers conducting research on the wreck of the Titanic have discovered evidence that the deck chairs were rearranged shortly before the ship sank.

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