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When the Sisterhood Rules the World: The Sad Tale of UNICEF
December 21, 2004 | Carey Roberts

Posted on 12/21/2004 3:07:23 PM PST by CareyRoberts

Women often swap jokes that start with the line, “What if women ruled the world?” Here’s one of my favorites: “If women ruled the world, men would learn phrases like, ‘You’re beautiful,’ ‘I’m sorry,’ and ‘Of course you don’t look fat in that outfit.’”

So let’s ask the more serious question, What if the Gender Warriors ruled the world?

I could take numerous cases where that scenario has already happened, where the Sisterhood has swept into power and recast entire organizations. Examples that spring to mind are the New York Times, National Public Radio, the American Psychological Association, Amnesty International, the National Institutes of Health, and others.

But let’s take one example where feminists have been around long enough to really leave their mark: UNICEF.

When I was a kid, people knew there was inefficiency and waste at the United Nations. But everyone would still look to UNICEF as the one agency that was really making a difference, helping children to stay healthy and get a grade-school education.

That was true until the day Jim Grant, visionary UNICEF leader, died.

So in 1995, President Bill Clinton – no doubt at the urging of Hillary -- nominated Carol Bellamy as Grant’s replacement. Bellamy is as doctrinaire a feminist as you will find. While serving as a state senator in New York, Bellamy had voted against a bill that would have granted legal rights to an infant who managed to survive a botched abortion.

Once she settled into her tony digs on New York’s Upper East Side, Bellamy quickly became bored with UNICEF’s mundane programs that doled out measles vaccines and oral rehydration tablets. She wanted to launch UNICEF into the uncharted realm of gender ideology and social engineering.

Feminist dogma teaches that correct ideology should prevail over good science. Take the breastfeeding issue, for instance.

Breastfeeding is known to be healthier and safer than bottle feeding, especially in low-income areas of the world where sanitation is poor. But the feminists charged the UNICEF breastfeeding program portrayed women “as the human equivalent of milking cows.” So no more of “breast is best.”

Bellamy advocated favoring girls over boys, a practice the United Nations euphemistically refers to as “positive discrimination.” She pushed through her pet Go Girls! program, which ignored the fact that in some parts of the world, the schooling of boys lags behind girls.

At an April 3, 2003 press conference, a hyper-inflated Carol Bellamy issued this chauvinistic claim: “Women are the lifeline of these southern African communities. They put food on the table, and they’re the ones that keep families going during such crises.”

But four months later, Bellamy had her comeuppance [].

In August 2003 the Catholic Family and Human Rights Group (C-FAM) issued its explosive report, “Women or Children First?” The expose’ documented how UNICEF had become involved in back-door support for abortion programs around the world. The account concluded that under Carol Bellamy, “Radical feminism has come to define the current UNICEF, even to the possible detriment of UNICEF’s original mandate to help children” [].

The Americans weren’t the only ones disturbed with UNICEF’s new direction.

Earlier this month the leading British medical journal Lancet landed another direct hit. The editorial highlighted UNICEF’s failure to develop a coherent strategy for child survival, and how this shortcoming was contributing to the 10 million child deaths each year [].

Taking aim at UNICEF’s new-found obsession with promoting girls’ and women’s rights, Lancet leveled this blistering critique: “The most fundamental right of all is the right to survive. Child survival must sit at the core of UNICEF’s advocacy and country work. Currently, and shamefully, it does not.”

Thankfully, Carol Bellamy’s term of office will expire in 2005.

The fact of the matter is, we will never know how many children around the world became the collateral damage of radical feminism. And there is no doubt it will take many years to restore the luster to UNICEF’s once-lofty reputation.

Radical feminists argue that men have run the show for too long, and now it’s their turn to rule the roost.

But they would be well-advised to not showcase Carol Bellamy’s UNICEF, where the feminist dream turned into a children’s nightmare.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; genderwars; unicef

1 posted on 12/21/2004 3:07:23 PM PST by CareyRoberts
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To: CareyRoberts

I used to do Trick-or-Treat-for-Unicef. Lately, I've read one shocking thing after another about the agency, and I couldn't figure out what had happened . . . til I read this very informative article. Thanks for the information!

2 posted on 12/21/2004 3:10:49 PM PST by madprof98
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To: CareyRoberts


Paging Hanity, Coulter, Rush (especially Rush), Malkin, and every conservative with a mike, computer, or pen.

3 posted on 12/21/2004 3:11:58 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: CareyRoberts


4 posted on 12/21/2004 3:12:52 PM PST by VOA
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To: CareyRoberts

If women ruled the world...

There'd be a war every 28 days.

The language of diplomacy would be replaced with screams of "Bitch!" and hair-pulling.

They still would be lousy drivers.

There'd still be ugly women you still couldn't drink pretty.

You could reduce world leaders to tears by pointing out that they have a zit.

Heather Locklear would still be hot.

And lesbians would still mostly be women who are so mean and ugly no man would want to screw them anyhow.

5 posted on 12/21/2004 3:16:00 PM PST by PeterFinn (Liberals are a greater threat to the USA than are Islamofascists.)
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To: pbrown

I thought that you might find this article interesting because of the conversation that we had earlier today about a similar subject.

6 posted on 12/21/2004 3:16:35 PM PST by SilentServiceCPOWife (In the smiling twilight of the new political morning, the unwashed told their betters to shove it.)
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To: madprof98

I do little for any organzed charity except my local church and the Scotish Rite Hosptal for this reason (OK, Boy Scouts, March of Dimes, the local Make-A-Wish get a fair amount, and we do donations of "stuff" and change to the Salvation Army.)

I chased the local United Way out of our offices.

7 posted on 12/21/2004 3:17:59 PM PST by MeanWestTexan
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To: MeanWestTexan

"I chased the local United Way out of our offices."

You really DO need a charity scorecard these days. I give at my church and the Salvation Army. That's all I really trust with my $$. I do make it a point NOT to donate to any charity with UN in the name.

8 posted on 12/21/2004 3:30:46 PM PST by Owl558 (Don't tread on me!)
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To: CareyRoberts

About 5 years ago I stayed at a Westin hotel in Singapore. When I checked out I noticed an itsy bitsy notice at the bottom of my receipt saying that they had added $1 a day to my bill as a voluntary donation to Unicef. I told the clerk to redo the bill without the donation. He was quite shocked but complied. When I got home a letter went off to Westin's corporate marketing group. Wishy washy answer.

9 posted on 12/21/2004 3:38:01 PM PST by NewHampshireDuo
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To: CareyRoberts

The question is: "What if the Gender Warriors ruled the world?"

The answer is: "a children’s nightmare."

10 posted on 12/21/2004 3:38:57 PM PST by Noachian (A Democrat, by definition, is a Socialist.)
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To: CareyRoberts

Jim Grant may have been a visionary leader, but I believe UNICEF started getting into the family planning business before Carol Bellamy came along. It just got a whole lot worse after she took over.

Basically, hardly any foreign aid helps people in the poorer countries any more with things that they need. Most of them focus on condoms, condoms, condoms, and more condoms, with vasectomies and sterilizations and abortions thrown in for good measure.

Regretably, USAID is part of the problem, although things have improved a little under Bush.

11 posted on 12/21/2004 4:00:00 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: CareyRoberts
What would happen if women ruled? In a word...WAR.

M. Thatcher...war with Argentina
I. Gandi...war with Pakistan
G. Meier...war with arab nations
I'll let others come up with some more since I don't have time to research this one.

12 posted on 12/21/2004 4:25:14 PM PST by AlaskaErik
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To: CareyRoberts
Examples that spring to mind are the New York Times, National Public Radio, the American Psychological Association, Amnesty International, the National Institutes of Health...

Interesting group of folks, isn't it? The American Psychological Association in particular seems to have assumed low earth orbit the last couple of years - they're the folks who came out with reports concluding (1) that children did better without fathers, and (2) that no particular damage was caused by sex with children under 12. This explains a lot about that.

13 posted on 12/21/2004 4:39:29 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: AlaskaErik

Shaka Zulu's mother *LOL*

14 posted on 12/21/2004 4:39:59 PM PST by cyborg (
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To: CareyRoberts
My wife and I recently had a major family fight break out over UNICEF. One of her brothers' only Christmas wish was a donation made in his name to UNICEF. Being weary of all things UN, I spent all of about 5 minutes looking into the depraved feminazi agenda that UNICEF carries, and we politely, but firmly, declined such a donation. That set off quite a political firestorm between her very liberal parents and us, but after reading this article, I'm even more glad we didn't cave.

We have since donated to "Operation Iraqi Children" in his name, and, while he deemed it acceptable, the ridiculous amount of kavetching over this "controversy" still continues.

Ain't liberals grand?

15 posted on 12/21/2004 4:50:18 PM PST by Future Snake Eater ("Stupid grandma leaver-outers!"--Tom Servo)
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To: AlaskaErik
>>>>>What would happen if women ruled? In a word...WAR<<<<

You have fogrotten Mad Albright who bombed Serbia on behalf of Al Qaeda ally.

/caught on film smooching with terrorist/

16 posted on 12/21/2004 9:06:57 PM PST by DTA (proud pajamista)
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To: CareyRoberts

Sadly, it is not just UNICEF which has this problem of ideology over science and common sense. AIDS pc has hampered efforts to combat the disease in developing nations as well. As well, the pro-Choice lobby employs cultural imperialism whcih hampers efforts to get good quality basic healthcare and other programs to women (targeting in particular countries where abortion is culturally offensive to women themselves).

17 posted on 12/28/2004 5:49:04 PM PST by Lorianne
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