The International Writers Magazine: Women's RIghts
OF THE WORLD UNITE
In a few months
time, the World Organization of Womens Associations, will
meet in this small forgotten seaport on the Northwestern peninsula
of Spain for their annual jamboree. Forty thousand ladies from all
walks of life and nationality will descend upon the city, taking
over bars, restaurants and hotels for a whole week.
will come from as far away places as Auckland and San Francisco or nearby
Lisbon to offer us residents the benefit of their investigations, statistics,
demands and pledges, all in the name of womens lib and equality.
They will be hosted by the our present Mayor, who happens to be a woman
and by the Womens Department of the Regional Government which
is a sort of Female Ministry with plenty of power. The male population,
no doubt will be too busy worrying about the local football team who
is at present going down the tubes in the National League. Theyll
probably migrate to the surrounding hills for peace and quiet.
The granddaughters of the suffragettes are presenting a very impressive
program. There will be conferences on the achievements so far in such
areas as education, employment and politics. They will open debates
on equality and freedom. A discussion forum on domestic violence, prostitution
and female abuse is very high on the agenda. The cherry on the cake
will be the climatic statement that the female species of the human
race has still a long way to go for total recognition. The schedule
of events includes marches through the city streets with chants, slogans
and banners against almost everything that is wrong with the world.
No doubt well see many a famous male figure being ostracised and
flaunted as symbols of female debauchment.
Yet if we look at the present day situation in our so-called modern
and progressive society, not only have women come a long way but they
have also taken over. Without going too far back in history, Britain
was governed for over a decade by one of the most powerful prime ministers
in modern history, Margaret Thatcher. The Royal Family has not been
unsuccessful either. Between Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II theyve
clocked up enough mileage to enter the Guinness Book of Records. I take
a look around the political arena of Europe and a great deal of women
are members of government, parliament, regional assemblies and town
councils, many in dominating positions.
Moving on to other areas, there is a noticeable trend of excellence
over men. In universities, for example they often overtake their male
counterparts in both numbers and academic results. Their say in the
media has more power than ever before. Female journalists are read,
viewed and admired the world over. In the field of academics and intellectuals
more books are being written as well as critiqued by women. Both exhibitors
and Directors of Art galleries are predominantly female. Gone are the
days of Van Gogh and Picasso, enter Tracy Emin and her friends. So why
are they still bitching?
Domestic violence is one reason. Their husbands or boyfriends in Spain
murdered nearly a hundred women in 2003. The numbers related to beatings
and serious bodily harm are even higher and have risen consistently
throughout Europe over the past decade. Although many are drug or alcohol
related, the criminal harm does not alter the statistics. Some psychologists
argue that the very freedom that the female population has achieved
in society is at the root of this particular scourge. Women equality
relates to sexual freedom, shared domestic responsibility and powers
of management in the workplace. Add a touch of Latin machismo
and you have the violent cocktail staring at you in the face. At least
so it seems among some circles of discussion.
Trafficking in female human flesh is another serious and disgusting
trade going on in the world. Young adolescents, snatched from poor countries
by ruthless criminals that end up in dinghy rat infested whorehouses
around Europes cities are never ending. If one wanders around
the red light district in my own town, the poor frostbitten-street-corner-sexual-peddlers
descend from anywhere but here. The young hookers come in all shapes,
colours and sizes both inside and outside their costumed framework.
The feminist movement certainly has a reasonable gripe about this specialist
shopping mall activity.
Then you have equality of employment and pay. This is no doubt a very
touchy subject, particularly in the developed world. Statistics demonstrate
that there are more female workers on the unemployment list and that
those who do happen to have a job are generally underpaid. There is
not much argument against this anomaly because each individual sector
of industry or government will deny it. In other words, not in
Trouble is that women have generous social security benefits,
particularly when it comes to their children, said a friend
of mine who runs a small furniture business. All they have
to do is get pregnant and Ive lost my accountant for a year!
This might seem an exaggeration but the bulk of maternity leave taken
by employees is always biased towards the female worker. Daddy just
doesnt want to know.
But there is one complaint that cries out for a solution. It is the
outright discrimination that is going on against women by certain religious
factions around the globe. The entire Western world seem to have given
a semi-blind eye how Islamis countries treat women. Over the past three
or four decades, and thanks to the mass media we are able to see how
a Muslim male treats his female counterpart. I do not need to go into
details but these range from having more than one wife, to imposing
severe dress codes that dehumanise 'their' women.
The banning of Muslim children in wearing the kippa, or headscarf in
France has turned into a political row throughout the European Union.
Yet the stoning to death of a women adulteress in Africa barely causes
ripples amongst our present governments. I ask only two questions. Why
didnt this gathering of the Women's Organisations arrange to meet
in Istanbul, Lahore or better still Riyadh? Women must not be hypocritical
in your fight for equality when you have total religious and career
inequality staring you in the face. If it is not addressed properly
in the future, it will eventually take over and rule you for centuries
And then it will turn into a mans world, once again!
© James Skinner. Feb 17th 2004.
Part One here
GLOBAL ECONOMY PART II
The weakest link
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