UN’s António Guterres Needs to Make Sweeping Changes to Reform Scandal-Ridden Body

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DAVIA has decided to open the New Year by mounting a campaign against UN Women as a body whose arrogance has been widely demonstrated over recent years, which wields enormous power and influence within the UN and to our knowledge has never been brought to heel by the Secretary General.

Regular readers will know that two years ago DAVIA wrote to UN Women calling for a single day in November for the Elimination of Violence against men, women and children to replace Nov 25. This did not merit a response from UN Women. In 2022/3 UN Women received funding of $1.2 billion some of it contributed by member countries such as Ireland.

The campaign will feature a number of press releases, the first two of which are condensed in this post.

January 4, 2024 – The United Nations has been beset by numerous scandals in recent years. December witnessed more scandals at the international body. As a result, a growing number of persons have issued calls to reform, or even defund the United Nations.

The UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms the “dignity and worth of the human person” and the “equal rights of men and women.” (1) But UN agencies have ignored this principle in order to embrace Marxist concepts of “oppressors” and “the oppressed.”

Since late November UN Women issued thousands of tweets making the claim that violence against women and girls “remains the most widespread and pervasive human rights violation worldwide.” (2)

In truth, women commit domestic violence as often as men (3), and twice as many males as females are killed by injuries and violence (4).

The United Nations has expressed concerns about the problem of disinformation (5). But inexplicably, the UN General Assembly remained silent in the face of these repeated instances of disinformation by UN Women.

A range of other ethical, scientific, and human rights violations have been committed by UN agencies, as well:

  • Human Rights Council (6)
  • UNICEF (7)
  • UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (8)
  • World Health Organization (9)

Last month, U.S. senator Mike Lee introduced a bill to defund the United Nations (10) Days later, Israeli UN ambassador Gilad Erdan called for the defunding of key UN agencies (11). And several U.S. senators have called on UN Women to fire Sarah Douglas.

If the UN Secretary-General wants to counter the growing concerns with his organization, he needs to implement changes to stop treating Israel as an international pariah and assure equal programmatic attention is paid to  both men and women.


  1. https://www.un.org/en/about-us/universal-declaration-of-human-rights
  2. https://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/unite

3. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/261543769_References_Examining_Assaults_by_Women_on_Their_Spouses_or_Male_Partners_An_Updated_Annotated_Bibliography

  1. https://iris.who.int/bitstream/handle/10665/149798/9789241508018_eng.pdf?sequence=1
  2. https://www.un.org/en/countering-disinformation
  3. https://endtodv.org/pr/why-did-human-rights-day-ignore-the-massive-human-rights-violations-against-boys-and-men/
  4. https://c-fam.org/wp-content/uploads/UNICEF.pdf
  5. https://unwatch.org/tag/unrwa/
  6. https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/05/27/who-health-china-coronavirus-tedros/
  7. https://www.lee.senate.gov/2023/12/senator-lee-introduces-act-to-defund-and-depart-un
  8. https://www.aol.com/israeli-ambassador-un-calls-defunding-174355291.html
  9. https://unwatch.org/u-s-senators-urge-un-women-to-fire-anti-israel-deputy-chief-after-un-admits-she-violated-code-of-conduct/



5 Scandals in 3 Months at UN Women

January 8, 2024 – UN Women, leader of the global feminist movement, has been beset by a series of scandals in the past three months. These scandals reflect poorly on the credibility of UN Women, and by extension on female leaders around the world.

Concerns began to be voiced last July when former University of Ottawa professor Janice Fiamengo issued an eye-opening warning. Fiamengo revealed (1):

“Whatever the issue, whether it’s AIDS, climate change, or COVID-19, UN Women always starts from the assumption that women are hardest hit and must receive special assistance …Nowhere in the UN Women documents is there any emphasis on strengthening cooperation or mutual reliance between men and women… Quite the opposite: the emphasis is on separating women from men, making women aware of themselves as a subjugated group, and making women less reliant on men (and more reliant on government and global aid programs).”

Female Leaders Need to Speak Out

Following are the five UN Women scandals:

Rape Silence: During the October 7 invasion by Hamas, hundreds of Israeli women were raped in brutal manner. But the October 13 UN Women statement on the Situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory completely whitewashed the rapes (2). In response, hundreds of Jewish women gathered to hold a protest at the UN headquarters in New York (3).

Violence Against Women: In December, UN Women issued thousands of tweets during its annual #16 Days campaign making the false claim that violence against women and girls “remains the most widespread and pervasive human rights violation worldwide” (4). In truth, twice as many males as females are killed by injuries and violence, according to the World Health Organization (6), and women commit domestic violence as often as men (5).

Sarah Douglas: UN Women Deputy Chief Sarah Douglas endorsed 153 tweets accusing Israel of “genocide” and other crimes. Douglas addressed a UN meeting via webcam with a large “Palestine” poster in the background. These actions represent a breach of UN staffers’ obligation to be neutral and impartial (7).

Climate Change: UN Women released a video that made the startling claim that women are “14 times higher at risk of dying due to climate change” (8). But analyses of deaths from lightning, cold- or heat-related events (9) and famines (10) reach the exact opposite conclusion – that men face a higher mortality risk. The assertion that women are 14 times more likely to die in a climate catastrophe has been dismissed as a “Zombie statistic.” (11)

Munroe Bergdorf: In December, Munroe Bergdorf was selected as the first “champion” for UN Women UK. Bergdorf is a biological male who underwent major breast augmentation surgery (12).  In response, 17 women’s rights groups wrote a letter charging the credibility of UN Women “is in tatters” (13). The selection of Bergdorf was widely ridiculed in the media (14).

These scandals reflect poorly on women around the world, especially those who hold positions of responsibility and trust. DAVIA encourages female lawmakers to contact UN Women to express their disappointment and dismay: janine.kandel@unwomen.org

The Domestic Abuse and Violence International Alliance – DAVIA — consists of 120 member organizations from 34 countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. DAVIA seeks to ensure that domestic violence and abuse polices are science-based, family-affirming, and sex-inclusive. http://endtodv.org/davia/


  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLLRibsjAdA
  2. https://www.unwomen.org/en/news-stories/statement/2023/10/un-women-statement-on-the-situation-in-israel-and-the-occupied-palestinian-territory
  3. https://www.cbsnews.com/newyork/news/protest-u-n-headquarters-sex-assaults-women-oct-7-hamas-attack-israel/
  4. https://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/unite
  5. https://iris.who.int/bitstream/handle/10665/149798/9789241508018_eng.pdf?sequence=1
  6. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/261543769_References_Examining_Assaults_by_Women_on_Their_Spouses_or_Male_Partners_An_Updated_Annotated_Bibliography
  7. https://unwatch.org/exposed-un-women-deputy-chief-endorsed-153-tweets-attacking-israel-zionism/
  8. https://twitter.com/UN_Women/status/1740493331820400982
  9. https://www.weather.gov/hazstat/
  10. https://sites.tufts.edu/wpf/files/2021/12/Genderfamine-and-mortality-2021120634.pdf
  11. https://vk.com/@egalitarian_masculism-mif-feministok-zhenschiny-gibnut-v-14-raz-chasche-muzhchin-v
  12. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12920977/Row-UNs-womens-charity-picks-transgender-model-represent-British-women-UK-champion.html
  13. https://fairplayforwomen.com/a-letter-to-un-women-this-male-does-not-represent-us/
  14. https://www.skynews.com.au/opinion/controversy-after-trans-model-appointed-uk-champion-for-un-women/video/2742c0ee03d5304f8f9a3b34448e9171


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