UN Women Faces Backlash Over Delayed Condemnation of Hamas Violence

Outcry as UN Women Breaks Silence on Hamas Attacks After Two Months

Critics have lambasted UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, for its delayed response in condemning Hamas for reported rape and murder during the October 7 attacks.

The organization faced accusations of staying silent on gender-based violence perpetrated by the terrorist group, sparking ire from anti-Semitism groups, women’s rights advocates, and the Israeli ambassador to Britain, Tzipi Hotovely.

Controversy Surrounds UN Women’s Response to Hamas Atrocities

UN Women finally issued a statement on Friday, December, expressing alarm at the reports of gender-based atrocities and sexual violence during the October 7 attacks.

However, this belated response triggered criticism, with some questioning the organization’s 57-day delay in addressing the issue. Tzipi Hotovely, the Israeli ambassador, voiced concerns over the time taken and emphasized the importance of acknowledging Hamas’s use of sexual violence against women.

UN Women Criticized for Delayed Statement on Hamas Gender-Based Violence

The delayed condemnation led to a demonstration in Whitehall, where protesters held signs depicting women kidnapped by Hamas.

While UN Women emphasized its condemnation of the brutal attacks and called for investigations into gender-based violence, the prolonged silence drew frustration from various quarters. The organization faced accusations of a shameful abuse of its mandate and mission.

Delay in Condemning Hamas: UN Women Faces Sharp Criticism

International outrage grew as UN Women’s response was perceived as insufficient, prompting reactions from individuals and groups worldwide.

Legal expert Ruth Halperin-Kaddari condemned the delay, asserting that the statement issued this week should have been released two months ago.

The controversy underscored the challenges in addressing gender-based violence in conflict zones and the responsibilities of international organizations.

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