International Women's Day And Human Rights Issues
Before we tackle the most import human rights issues of the modern era we need a framework. The framework I choose is a hierarchy. What are the worst things you can do to a human being versus what are least bad things you can do? For me, the worst thing you can do to a human being is to kill them. The reason this is the worst is that there is no coming back from it. You cannot fix it. You cannot compensate them. You cannot make it all better. You cannot make them whole.
Given some of the ridiculous things that make the news these days I am actually going to have at the bottom of the list of the worst things you can do to a person something I will call the “least worst”. The reason why I am going to include mention of least worst here is some whiners insist on taking up valuable outrage space with petty whining. If all we did was hurt your feelings, that is the least worse. Hurt feelings might count for something in kindergarten and even in the work place but in the context of a serious human rights discussion they have no place.
The Very Worst
We could scatter ourselves thin and run about looking for the worst human rights violations being performed on human beings but I think this is counterproductive. The low hanging fruit, the most bang for the buck is if we can identify a class of people who are the most abused in the world. For anyone who is either honest or rational that group is obvious. That group is third world women.
Consider that third world women suffer from having bombs strapped to their bodies, honor killing, female genital mutilation, being forced into slavery, being forced in to sex slavery, being shot, tortured, imprisoned, raped, or beaten just for wanting to learn, just for wearing certain clothes, just for walking while female, just for being a woman alone in public or just for being female while driving a car.
There needs to be an outcry that begins where women have a loud clear voice--women of the west. And that outcry must be echoed by the women of the third world—even though it will be dangerous for them to do so. Men in the west and in the third world must take up that outcry as well.
Feminism which does not have the plight of third world woman as a priority cannot be taken seriously. If feminists do not take the murder and maiming of third world women seriously who will?
Not every culture is compatible with western culture. When people are seeking to enter the United States, especially those from countries where practices like honor killing or female genital mutilation are common, they have to be told that these practices are not only not acceptable in the United States but they are illegal and could get the practitioners jailed and deported.
When women’s issues are discussed in venues such as the United Nations, the speakers need to make plain that it is the official US position that practices such as female genital mutilation and honor killing are violations of human rights and are intolerable everywhere in the world.
Women are the key to reforming, educating and improving the third world. For this reason, an additional worldwide emphasis must be the education of girls and women.
Feminism and Islam
Failure to control population and poverty go hand in hand. Women around the world must have the right to access birth control and the information on how to use it. No mother wants to bring up her child in poverty. No mother wants her child to starve to death. When women are in control over the number of children they have it is far more likely that they and their families will make certain that resources are in place before the child is born.
The moment feminists and the world at large get serious about women's issues they will begin working on this this:
1) Female genital mutilation
2) Punishing rape victims
3) Honor killing
4) Strapping bombs to children
5) Sexually enslaving women
6) Punishing homosexuals
7) Murdering homosexuals
8) Child marriage, Child Brides, and Forced Marriage
9) Domestic Violence
10) Disciplining or Punishing Wives
11) Beating Wives
12) Violence Against Women
13) Sharia law
14) Women being beaten or raped for wearing "inappropriate clothing"
15) Women being beaten or raped for leaving the house without a male relative as a chaperon
16) Women and men beating beaten and sometimes killed for expressing inappropriate thoughts in a blog.
17) Women and men being beaten and sometimes killed for being accused of disrespecting the religion of peace and tolerance.
Also, the belief that flogging, stoning, beheading are appropriate punishments for adultery, apostasy, witchcraft and blasphemy.