I think it’s a bad idea, given that neither country had made demonstrable commitments to women’s and human rights.
Yes, Saudi Arabia has signed onto CEDAW, but how has it improved things for women in the country? And how could a place on the committee be anything more than fake feminist cred for Iran? It’d be like handing them a “get out of women’s rights jail free” card.
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