August 18, 2004

More On "Priorities"

After responding to the comments here, it occurred to me that it should be a post.

I can't remember exactly when I realized, that as a girl, I was very lucky to be living in the western world. By the time I was a teenager, the plight of women and girls in other parts of the world was something I was very passionate about. Like my commenter though, I found very little interest in discussing, or even acknowledging, the subject. Twenty odd years later, I'm still finding it frustrating.

Whether it's infanticide of girls in China and India, genital mutilation in Africa and using rape as a tool of terror (as referenced in the article linked here), the total lack of rights and abuse of women in some Islamic countries, the sex slave trade, or what was happening under the Taliban, there seems to be little will to try and do anything about it. As much as I loath organizations like NOW, they still have a powerful platform to shine light on the plight of women around the world. But it's something they seem to have no interest in doing.

We in the western world had no problem imposing sanctions on South Africa for apartheid. Why aren't we imposing sanctions on countries that practice gender apartheid? We aren't even willing to make a symbolic stand by banning those countries from competing in the Olympics. Yes, I'm aware that there are some aspects that are being addressed. I know the Bush administration is taking steps, and many Christian groups are working to stop the sex slave trade, but few people are aware they are, or even that such things exist.

Is there a solution? I don't know. I just know that I'm thankful every day for the life I'm blessed to lead here in this country. I can only hope that in the future, more and more women will be able to feel that sense of thankfulness in countries where they now are brutalized.

Posted by Ithildin at August 18, 2004 9:52 AM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

I totally agree with you. I am not a female, but the way that Muslim countries treat women is totally abhorrid.

Hopefully in Iraq and Afghanistan, women will have more rights and not have to endure the Islamic laws that make women second class citizens.

Posted by: Stix at August 18, 2004 10:38 AM

I'm in complete agreement with you. The US has imposed many sanctions because of human rights issues. So the impression is that if only women are affected its okay.

Also, like you, I am extremely grateful to have been raised where I'm allowed to make decisions concerning my life and to disagree on occasion. But only on occasion... ;-D

Posted by: Cindy at August 18, 2004 1:36 PM

Good points. I am the father of three teenage girls. With four females in my life, you bet I am concerned about women's issues. But I loathe groups like NOW that denigrate my wife for choosing to be a mother first and an employee second. Not to mention there promotion of lesbian and other morally depraved ideas. I want my girls to have all the opportunities they can to excel at whatever they desire. NOW doesn't represent all women, despite their claims.

Posted by: wanderer at August 18, 2004 7:15 PM