Iran loses bid for UN seat to promote equality for women

Iran lost its bid for a seat on the board of the new UN agency to promote equality for women to East Timor after strong opposition from the United States and human rights groups to Tehran’s treatment of women.

Iran had been among the 10 nations on an uncontested slate put forward by Asian nations for elections to the board of UN Women, until East Timor announced its candidacy.

In the election Wednesday by the 54-nation UN Economic and Social Council, Iran got the lowest number of votes of the 11 Asian nations vying for 10 seats on UN Women’s board. Iran received just 19 votes compared to 36 for East Timor.

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