The United Nations’ Women Project has released a statement in supporting Kamala Harris after a number of outlets accused Mike Pence of interrupting her during the debate.
On Friday afternoon, the UN Woman's twitter account posted, “Let's interrupt the gender bias instead of the women who are speaking. We can all help stop the cycle of manterruption by recognizing it, calling it out, and stopping an interrupter in his (or her) tracks.”
Critics have pointed out that Kamala Harris would not be in her position if the system was biased against women, and highlighted the fact that Kamala would have to be dealing with world leaders from nations which do not hold women in high regard and restrict their social and political rights.
Commentators have made statements to the effect of if Kamala Harris isn’t comfortable being interrupted or corrected in a presidential debate, what hope does she have when conducting talks with aggressive foreign leaders. Some social media users also rolled their virtual eyes, asserting that the UN has more pressing issues to deal with.
One user replied to the UN Women tweet stating, “Do you remember when they used to deal with genital mutilation, forced marriage, child marriage, human trafficking, sexual slavery , lack of access to education, voting rights or even rights at all? Now they're inventing words, because its easier…”
This is not the first time UN Women have put out a statement in regard to how men communicate with women. On Sunday, the international women’s organization tweeted “advice” on how men can avoid being a “mansplainer.”