My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Misleading statistics at UNICEF,,,,

This is pretty common in the feminist world...
At first I assumed UNICEF director Ann Veneman had been terribly misquoted.

This was the statement the media attributed to her: "We know that women do about 66 percent of the work in the world. They produce 50 percent of the food, but earn 5 percent of the income and own 1 percent of the property." But then I checked, and that's what she said. It was right on the UNICEF website.

The implication of Veneman's comment was clear: Around the world, men are lazy dolts who lord over downtrodden women.

But I was a skeptical. So I called the UNICEF press office and asked for the source of those damning statistics. Press aide Kate Donovan cheerfully reassured me that Veneman is "very picky about her facts" and promised she'd get back to me. She never did.

Google to the rescue. Many mouse-clicks later I arrived at another U.N. webpage devoted to the Millenium Development Goals.

Ah ha! – right there on page 2 was the elusive quote, along with its source: Womankind Worldwide.

So then I contacted Womankind Worldwide, asking for the exact name of the source document. And here's the long-awaited response from a Julia Czastka: "I can tell you that the facts given in this quote are from the U.N."

Let's see … Group A relies on Group B, Group B bounces us over to Group C, and Group C sends us back to Group A. In my neck of the woods, that's called recycling the trash. Ms. Veneman, may we consider your statement a candidate for the Phony Statistics Hall of Fame?
If you want a lot more examples, just check out Christina Hoff Sommers book, "Who Stole Feminism?".


Anonymous Jeff said...

Even though most of the "world" in her quote is comprised of 3rd-world hellholes where women probably are exploited, I still say this quote is pretty ridiculous. This situation is definately not the case in the West, though the West is undoubtedly the place where her comments were targeted to induce change.
Typical feminist blathering aimed at elliciting more handouts.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This woman should start her own polling firm.

4:35 PM  
Blogger jw said...

Her data doesn't even make sense! To get 66% of planetary work done by females you must assign as work things like my wife knitting while watching TV and assign me helping my daughter with her computer problems as a hobby. It is DUMB!!

I believe UNICEF is now a danger to boys. You cannot have a matriarchist (the feminist term for the man haters) organization and not have harm to males, in this case boys.

5:42 AM  

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