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UN Group Distances Itself from Female Terrorist Ad Campaign

The United Nations Population Fund has distanced itself from the Arab organization that featured a female terrorist in its pro-women’s-rights ad campaign.

The Arab Producers Union for TV used the UNPF’s logo on its website for the campaign supporting women’s issues in the Arab world, suggesting that the United Nations was involved in producing the clip. One of the female role models reportedly highlighted in the video was a terrorist renowned for murdering 37 civilians during an attack on Israel in 1978.

Now the UNPF is declaring that it played no part in funding the ad or choosing the women who were singled out as role models. It has asked for its logo to be removed from the site:

In a statement released to the press Thursday evening, UNFPA said it ” no involvement in the selection of women profiled in the “White Hands Campaign” of the Arab Producers’ Union for TV (APUTV), and has asked for its logo to be removed from the site.”

The press release states that in 2008, UNFPA “agreed to provide the campaign with information and data on reproductive health and youth issues. It provided no funding.” More importantly, it continues, “UNFPA was neither consulted nor involved in the selection of Arab women to be featured by the initiative, and it condemns any acts of violence that take the lives of innocent people. The Fund therefore disassociates itself from campaign activities not related to its mandate.”

The AJC, which criticized the UNPF in a press release yesterday, said it welcomed the group’s disavowal of the campaign.

“We are pleased the UN Population Fund has clarified its role by publicly disassociating from the TV ad campaign, and condemning violence,” AJC executive director David Harris said in a press release this morning. “Clearly, this campaign contravenes the fund’s noble mission of empowering women.”

It’s a good sign that the UNPF has renounced the video, but it should also refrain from future involvement with the organization that produced it.

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