By Neil Dallimore
Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore
Hillary Clinton is often lauded as a champion of women’s rights, a constant warrior fighting to bring equality in pay, working conditions, to improve childcare provision and to ensure reproductive rights are in the hands of women and not the government. Clinton has a 100% approval rating from Planned Parenthood and they endorsed her over Bernie Sanders. The record behind her is impeccable, in the United States of America at least. But is that all that matters?
Clinton’s Record On Saudi Arabia
Clinton has admitted in a 2013 speech, not meant for public consumption, that Saudi Arabia “the Saudis have exported more extreme ideology than any other place on earth over the course of the last 30 years.” Yet her foundation has accepted millions of dollars from them and as far as her future relations, there is no sign that Clinton will be cutting ties. Why should she?
Saudi Arabia’s Record on Women’s Equality
According to Human Rights Watch, Saudi Arabia’s record on women’s equality is less than exemplary, noting that women are forbidden from “obtaining a passport, marrying, travelling or accessing higher education without the approval of a male guardian, usually a husband, father, brother or son.” Add to that, in Saudi Arabia, if you’re gay then there are no protections from discrimination, conversion therapy and you are banned from donating blood and adopting.
Clinton’s Record on Israel and Palestine
Clinton holds a very pro-Israel position and has little to say in way of women’s rights within Palestine. Clinton has vowed to fight the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, which is there to help champion the rights of Palestinians. Add to this she has pledged to champion Israel on the world stage.
Israel/Palestine and Women’s Rights
Palestine alone has a very sever problem with how it treats women. It’s record mirrors that of Saudi Arabia, with the added problem of poor laws to protect women, who are regularly beat and the victims of Honour Killings.
Israel’s treatment of its own female citizens is excellent and has always had a strong contingent of campaigners for women’s rights. However it’s treatment of Palestine and therefore Palestinian women is less than favourable. Aside from regular bombings (with 3 minute warnings before an area is shelled), a paucity of clean drinking water and severely limited travel within the region, Israel has measured out exactly how many calories a human being needs to live; women’s diet in Palestine is fully controlled by the Israeli government.