Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Equality Now

This morning I got sucked into a broadsheet post about Joss Whedon's rant on Whedonesque about misogyny. It's worth reading.

If the story of Dua Khalil isn't enough to move you to action, visit

Human rights violations against women have historically been denied the attention and concern of international organizations, national governments, traditional human rights groups and the media. Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of girls and women around the globe continue to endure debilitating and often fatal human rights abuses.

India: A 10-year-old girl is rescued by a flight attendant who notices her crying. Her father has sold her to the 60-year-old Saudi Arabian man sitting next to her for the equivalent of US$240.

Kenya: At a boarding school, 300 boys attack the girls' dormitory. Seventy-one girls are raped. Nineteen are trampled to death in the stampede to escape. The school's vice principal remarks, "The boys never meant any harm against the girls. They just wanted to rape."

Brazil: A man who confessed to stabbing his wife and her lover to death is for the second time acquitted of murder by an all-male jury. The acquittal is based on the argument that he acted in legitimate defense of his wronged honor.

Ireland: A 14-year-old girl, raped by the father of her best friend, learns she is pregnant. She is prohibited from travelling to England where abortion is legal. Only when she indicates she will commit suicide if forced to carry the pregnancy to term does the Supreme Court allow her to proceed.

United States: A 51-year-old woman is stabbed 19 times and killed by her former boyfriend as she waits inside a courthouse to extend an order of protection. Twice before he had been charged with harassment. Both times the charges were dropped.

These are only a few instances of abuses which occur every single day. Human rights violations against women must be documented, publicized--and stopped. We need Equality Now.


Blogger Paso said...

I am going to you to explain the case of Spain and the laws that are estan approving so that the equality is certain. As my english is very bad, long time costs to me. Perhaps tomorrow it has time to write up it.

July 05, 2007 3:31 AM  
Blogger Paso said...

This is the summary of one of the two laws, approved in Spain, for the equality and proteccion of the women.
--Statutory law of measures of integral protection against the sort violence:
OBJECT OF THE LAW: The law act against the violence that, like manifestation of the discrimination, the situation of inequality and the relations of being able of the men on the women.
EDUCATION: The law insists on the formation in the respect to the equality between men and women. The Administration will have to review the materials and text books to guarantee the absence of concepts or references that can foment the inequality.
PUBLICITY: The association of the feminine body with a concrete product will be considered illicit.
SUPPORT TO THE VICTIMS: The new law will allow to the creation of services of attention and immediate information that they guarantee a first legal and psychological advising, centers of emergency to attend the women and their children and integral equipment recovery centers, the specialized and gratuitous legal attendance, as well as economic aids.
LEGAL AND PENAL MEASURES: Familiar Courts of Equality and Subjects will be created. These judges will be able to adopt different measures from protection, according to the gravity of the cases: from the exit of the aggressor of the address, the distance and the suspension of the communications, to the deprivation of the mother country power and safekeeping of minors or the suspension of the regime of visits. Also the pains against the aggressors will be reinforced: the slight threats will be able to be sanctioned with prison of six months to a year and the judge will be able to disqualify to the ancestor for the exercise of the mother country power or the trusteeship of the children up to five years. In case of injuries, the pain of two to five years worsens when the victim is the wife or sentimental companion, although has not had coexistence.

The other law is: Statutory law for the effective Equality of women and men. I leave it for another day. Measures as these are pioneering in Europe. Spain also is pioneering in admitting the homosexual marriage. ¡¡¡ Finally we entered Century XXI ¡¡¡. Although in the subject of Telecommunications we are in the Average Age…

July 06, 2007 1:32 AM  

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