Another Women’s Day: Where Are We? 

Each year, we mark the international women’s day to remind us of the continuing struggles of women’s rights and to understand that we have a long way to go. Unfortunately, modernisation has done little to alleviate the saddened plights of women across the world, in particular, the displaced, migrant, elderly, and the disabled women. In some way, there appears to be a disguised continuum of patriarchal authority in both western, developing, and underdeveloped countries. 


There are so many issues that are still affecting women, worldwide. From the struggles of attaining women’s rights, birth rights, violence against women, deprived of quality education, honour killings, socioeconomic abuse, forced prostitution, modern-day slavery, forced migration, disabilities, sexual harassment, rape, sexism, and dozens more. The overall sums of these are the discourses on gender inequality. In the majority of workforces, women are not earning the exact benefits and salaries as their male counterparts. Most women do not hold the rights to voluntary abortion in their countries. Some are considered inferior in contrast to the men. 

Furthermore, this month is the international conference of the United Nations’ Women’s Committee on the Status of Women, in New York. Lamentably, many female activists from countries affected by the travel ban will not be attending. Even there are those women, who are not nationals of these six countries, but who are refused visas simply because they are MUSLIMS! Are they religious terrorists? Absolutely, not! Nonetheless, and Indirectly, they have been abused and their fundamental rights are taken away from them. 

We can venture that there is no more to do to stop the oppression of women. Alternatively, we can choose to speak out. We do not require any expensive instrument to get the messages across. Our voices are what we demand. We must not relent in speaking out. We must not be scared otherwise we will be inapt for achieving an enabling the values of women. 

Porn Culture And The Dehumanisation of Women 

“If 12 per cent of the Internet is pornography – that’s 4.2m websites, 28,000 people looking at porn per second- then that means that 12 per cent of the images of women on the internet are either of them on all fours, rammed into some highly unhygienic PVC, or being forced around out-sized male genitalia, as if their sundry openings were some manner of tube bandage.”

(Caitlin Moran: How To Be A Woman —pg. 34 chapter titled -I Start Bleeding!) 

Women’s position as of 2016

“What goes unsaid is that women might be more ambitious and focused because we’ve never had a choice. We’ve had to fight to vote, to work outside the home, to work in environments free of sexual harassment, to attend the universities of our choice, and we’ve also had to prove ourselves over and over to receive any modicum of consideration.” 

(Roxane Gay: How We All Lose in Bad Feminist-Essays) 

The Widow’s Dilemma 

Conference: CSW60 March 14-24

Date: 14/03/2016

Time: 10:30 – 12:00

Parallel event: “Widowhood: An Economic, Social, and Humanitarian Crisis ”

Moderator: Baroness Fiona HodgsonIMG_8468

 

Speakers:

Heathers Leathers (Global Fund for Widows)

Dr Joyce Akumaa Dongotey-Padi (Mama Zimbi Foundation, Ghana)

IMG_8469

 

Meera Khana (Guild of Service, India)

Dr Eleanor Nwadinobi (Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme, Nigeria)

Margaret Owen (Widows for Peace through Democracy)

Zarin Hainsworth (Widows Rights International)

 

Men tackling Prostitution 

Conference: CSW60 14-24 March 

Parallel event: Men and Youth Mobilise for the Abolition of Prostitution

Time: 16:30p.m — 18:00p.m

Date: 15/03/2016

   

  

  

  

Sex without consent is rape. 
Organisers: European Women’s Lobby, Equality Now, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women 

Responding to VAW and Strengthening Access to Justice in Fragile and Transitional States

Event: WILPF’s 100 Anniversary Conference

DATE: 29th April, 2015

LOCATION: World Forum, La Hague, Netherlands

Topic: Responding to VAW and Strengthening Access to Justice in Fragile and Transitional States

Organisations: 

ActionAid Australia

Network of Eritrean Women

Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice

Moderator:

A lady represented Rebecca Johnson, Director — Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy

Speakers: 

1) Brigid Inder, Executive Director — Women’s Initiative for Gender Justice

2) Caroline Angir, Senior Policy and Program Coordinator -Addressing VAW — ActionAid Australia

3) Evelyn—Survivor from Uganda

4) A lady represented Hellen Malinga Apila, National Women’s Rights and HIV/AIDS Coordinator — ActionAid Uganda

5) Khedijah Ali Mohammed-Nur, Founding Member and Coordinator — Network of Eritrean Women

6) A lady represented Olivia Omwenge, Local Right’s Programme Officer and Human Security Focal Person — ActionAid DRC

8) Sarah Ogbay Asfaha, Corordinator — Network of Eritrean Women UK