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About Time? Enforcing UN declarations of Women Rights, and Everywhere?

Posted on: September 27, 2013

About Time? Enforcing UN declarations of Women Rights, and Everywhere?

Victims of cruelty, torture, and murder… women’s rights to safe treatment as men are not enforced by the UN World community when these infamies are being subjected to women and young girls.

The inalienable ethical doctrine of human rights shouldn’t discriminate against genders, race or religious belief…

The custom was to focus on male’s benefits when drafting conventions and drawing up lists of rights.

For centuries, even in modern history, the declarations defined woman’s rights as relative to man’s rights…

In modern warfare and civil wars, 90% of the casualties are civilians, and 75% of these are women and children.

Women constitute 80% of all refugees and displaced persons, fleeing the atrocities of wars, preemptive wars, ethnic cleansing wars…

Rape and sexual violence routinely target women.  These cruelties are adopted as strategic tools of war and instruments of genocide

And yet, women are vastly under-represented in the process of ending conflicts.

In the last 25 years, only one woman in 40 peace treaty signatories was female.

Although the 4th Geneva Convention in 1949 finally came around to prohibit wartime rape and prostitution, it didn’t become crimes against humanity until 2001.

In many countries, women do not enjoy sufficient education and access to forms of publication. Consequently, few women exercise their rights to free expression.

It is troubling that that so few women feature on lists of prisoners in troubled countries, although they form the majority of demonstrators: Women are not counted as serious offenders to mention them as prisoners of free opinion…

A discussion paper prepared for UNICEF points out that early forced sex of married under-aged girls has not been recognized by the western nations as a form of sexual abuse,,, except where warlords and traffickers have recruited girls as sex-slaves…

Rapists, domestic abuses, “honor crimes” have consciously dehumanized the women victims in order to exercise “full control” over their lives…

Declaration of specific rights achieves two target:

1. They establish values, which the signatories agreed to defend

2. They challenge the impunity that was enjoyed by torturers and murderers for centuries.

You may read the declaration of rights of women

Note: Extracted from “The Public Woman” by Joan Smith

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