The report to the U.N. Human Rights Council focuses on "sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights" and ostensibly seeks to empower women and girls.
But the analysis largely ignores the legitimate concerns of females around the world seeking justice within society, the workplace and the family and instead emphasizes novel claims based on gender ideology and sexual orientation; it is heavy with "transgender" ideology and the notion of multiple, fluid "gender identities."
In promoting abortion and "LGBT rights," the U.N. report turns its focus away from other important issues.
Women and girls comprise 71% of the victims of human trafficking in western and southern Europe, but the report makes no mention of this or of the work that religious groups do to combat this plague. There is no official international right to abortion in any treaty or document, but the report claims that such a right exists.
It also suggests an expanded role for the state in matters of religious doctrine within a nation, if a religious institution has "harmful discriminatory gender norms." It criticizes religious believers in Africa who oppose introducing schoolbooks that promote homosexuality.
Austin Ruse, president of U.N. watchdog the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM), spoke to Church Militant about the author of the report, Victor Madrigal-Borloz of Costa Rica, as well as his LGBT activism for the United Nations.
Ruse said Madrigal is been touted as an "independent expert" on these matters and as the United Nation's special representative for sexual orientation and gender identity, is being used to ram through radical LGBT measures at the international level.
In 2019 his office released a report on "gender identity" that stated, "The notion that there is a gender norm, from which certain gender identities 'vary' or 'depart' is based on a series of preconceptions that must be challenged if all humankind is to enjoy human rights."
One misconception that has to go, his report said, is "that human nature is to be classified with reference to a male/female binary system on the basis of the sex assigned at birth." Madrigal believes "self-determined gender is a cornerstone of a person's identity."
In his annual report for 2019, Madrigal complained about a backlash from what he labeled "ultraconservative and ultranationalist groups reclaiming 'identities' at the expense of sexual and gender minorities ... ."
He went on to say, "in recent years, these [conservative and nationalist] groups have developed discourses that undermine rights relating to gender and sexuality and have built new strategic alliances and increased or [sic] advocacy efforts in international spaces in the hope that progress already made will be rolled back."
Ruse said that Madrigal was "likely complaining about pro-life and pro-family NGOs [non-governmental organizations] working at U.N. headquarters in New York and Geneva." He wants political leaders, along with the corporate world and the media, to punish those who disagree with his LGBT agenda, Ruse warned.
Opponents of the proposed annual report warned that the new office headed by Madrigal would go far beyond producing evidence of violence against homosexuals.
The fear is that "it would push to make 'sexual orientation and gender identity' new legal categories of non-discrimination," said Ruse, "and that religious opponents would be demonized."
These fears are being realized. Madrigal has called for governments to "adopt decisive action when religious authorities, leaders or agents infringe on the rights of LGBT persons through violence and discrimination, including hate speech. Hate speech would include anyone disagreeing with the agenda and organizing against it," he said.