The key importance of women’s rights

Today (November 6th) is Presidential Election Day in the U.S.A. By the time that this post has become one day old the result of that election will be known and either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney will be the President of the United States for the next four years.

One issue that may not take centre stage in the election will still be a major factor in the life of the U.S.A. when all the excitement fades and life returns to some sort of normalcy (whatever that is). That issue is the rights of women. Indeed the rights of just over half of the population of this planet is a major factor in the life of any country anywhere.

I was looking at a post by a relative on Facebook yesterday and it featured the following video:

The notes on YouTube are as follows:

“Women constitute more than half of the population. In 2008, 60% of voters were women. It is estimated that 10 million more women than men will vote in this election. Despite this, women make up only 16% of Congress. Women earn only 70 cents to each dollar men make. Women of color and undocumented women make less than white citizens.Mitt Romney and the Republican Party are determined to overturn Roe V. Wade. Romney has not supported equal pay for women (The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act). Romney has vowed to defund Planned Parenthood. Romney has vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Romney doesn’t want health care to cover birth control.”

Throughout the world, women are treated unequally in respect of men. There are horrible examples of where they are forced into early marriage, have children too young and eventually have to sell their bodies in order to survive. Many of them get Aids and untold numbers suffer from physical problems relating to childbirth or rape.

In an earlier post I pointed out the need to support girls’ education as a key to helping to solve some of the world’s great and pressing problems. It has been proven that girls who are educated are less  likely to have too many children, that they do not contact sexual diseases, that they contribute to the economic development of their communities.

But even in the United States, as we can see above, women are still fighting to be treated as equal to men.If Romney does win the election then this struggle will continue as he tries to put his ideas into practice.

It has been a long hard road for women to get the vote, for them to get the right to birth control, to get them the right to have an abortion if they feel they need it, to get some sort of catching up on the pitiful amount of money that many of them earned  for a long hard days work.

Whatever happens today (the 6th) the fight will go on. Men don’t own women and many do not realise just how much they contribute to our society (and always have done). Women’s Rights are of key importance not just in this particular election but in all elections anywhere throughout the world.

 

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