100 years since its launch, we are commemorating The Woman.
Considering this year’s post, I rather hoped to move towards the positive: a celebration, if you will, of what we have acheived.
And we have: women have campaigned, transcended and broken boundaries stupendously.
Have we changed the world to render it safe from the whims, urges and greed, be they violent or otherwise, of mankind?
We can celebrate, but it seems only for a moment: there is still so much to do: from wage inequality and the latest European measure to raise car insurance for women, but lower it for men, to the heinous crimes of rape, female circumcision, honor killings, human trafficking, domestic violence, corrective rape, expressing sexual orientation, female infanticide… the list goes on and inexorably, depressingly, on.
Thanks to the media the abrogation of human rights has become synonymous with certain regions and cultures: yet it is not so.
In a new move the United Kingdom is attempting to tone down the definition of domestic violence within the nascent European initiative, The Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence.
For Home Secretary, Theresa May (yes! A woman, no less!), it is a step too far that a man battering his wife should be considered “a violation of human rights.”
Rather, it “constitutes a serious obstacle for women’s enjoyment of human rights.”
That’s right: your rights are still intact, only you (and your children) may not enjoy them as much if four ribs are broken, your eyes are swollen shut and the bastard is banging down the bedroom door in a gin-fuelled frenzy.
[The UK] also wants to alter the document so that it applies only in peace time, and not during armed conflict — a surprising request, given the widespread international use of rape as a weapon of war. [Source]
Another stirling move: in peace time – according to May – you less likely to enjoy your rights, while in wartime – well, you’re screwed, literally and figuratively.
100 years after the inception of International Women’s Day we continue to be subjugated – only this time, women are implicit, too.