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WHO Anti-Male Sexism: letter to the World Health Organization

International Pro-Male Association 2006

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This is one of five letters written by the (now disbanded) International Pro-Male Association to international organisations. None of these letters was replied to or even acknowledged.

Dr. Margaret Chan,
Director-General Elect,
World Health Organization,
CH-1211 Geneva 27,
Switzerland

3 December 2006

Dear Dr. Chan,

We write to offer you our congratulations on your appointment as the next Director-General of the World Health Organisation.

Based on the page http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2006/pr66/en/index.html , however, we think there are grounds for strong misgivings with respect to your statement to the World Health Assembly that you wanted to be judged by the impact the WHO's work has on the people of Africa and on women across the globe. We would like to compare that statement with two of your other statements:

  1. “Our work must touch on the lives of everyone, everywhere. But we must focus our attention on the people in greatest need."

  2. "I will also accelerate human resource reform to build a work ethic within WHO that is based on competence, and pride in achieving results for health."

Your homeland, China, has made great progress in the area of sex equality, by being the first – or perhaps the only – country to ensure that men have equal reproductive rights with women (see the page: http://www.china.org.cn/english/24570.htm ). Yet you seem to be influenced more by anti-male sexism which is typical of Canada, the country where you obtained your medical degree. Saying that you you wanted to be judged by the impact the WHO's work has on the people of Africa and on women across the globe is, on its face, discriminatory, sexist, and negligent. It gives the appearance of being political payback for the fact that United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, an African, has highlighted women’s concerns during his term of office. Why play politics with the world’s health?

If you really want to focus on the people in greatest need, where is the evidence that the people of Africa and women across the globe are the people who are in greatest need? We are ready to be convinced that the health needs of Africa are greater than those of other continents, but what is your evidence that the health needs of women are greater than those of men? In every, or almost every country in the World, women live longer than men. The callousness of North American Feminists, such as yourself, in the face of this fact, has to be seen to be believed! For example, a few years ago, Hilary Clinton visited South Asia, where (in some countries) men still outlived women – and she actually complained about that fact! As another example, as reported on the page http://nzmera.orcon.net.nz/9unstats.html , Feminists at the United Nations replaced the Gender-related Development Index (GDI) with the so-called Gender Empowerment Measure (GEM), because the former was based on the Human Development Index (HDI), which included longevity as a factor. Since women outlived men, that factor was an embarrassment, in the context of the Feminists’ political determination to portray women as always and universally disadvantaged. Even the United Nations Feminists’ attempt to postulate an artificially lower “natural” life-expectancy for men was not sufficiently callous for them!

In view of the above considerations, we do not attach much credibility to your stated intention to build a work ethic within the WHO that is based on competence. In our view, your own competence and objectivity are extremely suspect. We confidently expect that the WHO, under your leadership, will develop a culture of incompetence, sexism, discrimination and womanly irrationality.

Yours sincerely,

 

Peter Zohrab
Secretary
International Pro-Male Association

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