“Dozens of women have been denied visas to attend a major United Nations women’s conference in New York.
According to campaigners, women from African and Middle Eastern countries that fell under Donald Trump’s travel ban were disproportionately affected.
The US is obliged under a 70-year-old treaty to not restrict people or NGOs from attending the UN headquarters.
In protest, women’s rights campaigners are petitioning the US Mission to the UN to streamline visa procedures for those traveling to the UN.
The Commission on the Status of Women is an annual conference, running this year from March 11–22, where representatives from member states, NGO workers, and women’s rights activists gather to evaluate the global progress on gender and equality.
According to the petition, an “unprecedented” number of visa denials for women hoping to attend CSW has been witnessed.
The International Service for Human Rights, a UN-affiliated organization, said it was aware of at least 41 women who have been denied visas to attend the conference this year — but this figure is said to be only “the tip of the iceberg” and likely to increase.”
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