I have often written about the United Nations as being Useless and Neutered.
I now know I was wrong. I have found a use for the UN and it definitely precludes neutering.
From Rebecca Ratcliffe’s article in London’s Daily Guardian:
The United Nations has allowed sexual harassment and assault to flourish in its offices around the world, with accusers ignored and perpetrators free to act with impunity, the Guardian has been told.
Dozens of current and former UN employees described a culture of silence across the organisation and a flawed grievance system that is stacked against victims.
Of the employees interviewed, 15 said they had experienced or reported sexual harassment or assault within the past five years. The alleged offences ranged from verbal harassment to rape.
Seven of the women had formally reported what happened, a route that campaigners say is rarely pursued by victims for fear of losing their job, or in the belief that no action will be taken.
“If you report it, your career is pretty much over, especially if you’re a consultant,” said one consultant, who alleged she was harassed by her supervisor while working for the World Food Programme. “It’s like an unsaid thing.”
The UN conceded that under-reporting is a concern but said the organisation’s secretary general, António Guterres, has “prioritised addressing sexual harassment and upholding the zero tolerance policy”.
Well, there you go.
That puts the to any claim that the United Nations doesn’t accomplish anything. Serial sexual abuse proves this claim to be false.
And don’t you love that last paragraph? Yeah, we under-reported it. But we’ve prioritized this issue and upholding zero tolerance policy….the same policy we ignored and couldn’t have cared less about until this article came out and we were shamed into finally having to do something.
The United Nations is a sewer. And a USA-hating, Israel-hating sewer at that.
I don’t demand we leave the UN or that we tell it to move its world headquarters to somewhere it is more appreciated (Zimbabwe would probably be up for the move). But if we did, I would not lose any sleep over it.