On Tuesday evening, East Timor, the tiny Asian country that declared its independence from Indonesian occupation in 2002, announced that it would run for a spot on the new UN Women\’s Board. The creation of the new board was announced in July: It blends four other existing — but arguably ineffective — UN institutions under a new bureaucracy, unified leadership, and a vastly increased budget. In July, women\’s rights groups applauded the new body, and the UN\’s renewed commitment to their cause. But they weren\’t applauding last month. The UN\’s Asian group announced that it was nominating Iran, a nation that threatened to stone Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani to death for adultery earlier this month, for a spot on the board. And until yesterday, that spot was uncontested.
via My Yahoo!7.