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The need for an equitable society

Nov 27,2017 - Last updated at Nov 27,2017

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, marked on November 25, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres issued a message that both deplores violations of women’s rights and calls for “collective action to end violence against women and girls for good”.

More than 1 in 3 women in the world have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lives; 750 million women were married before age 18 and over 250 million have undergone female genital mutilation, said Guterres who also stressed that violence against women, including harassment and harmful practices, is a major barrier “to the fulfilment of human rights, and a direct challenge to women’s inclusion and participation in sustaining peace”, a challenge that, if left unaddressed, will impede the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, starting on November 25, this year has “Leave no one behind” as a theme, which means defending all those affected by gender-based violence.

Or, as poignantly put by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, “paying attention to ... the missing adolescent trafficked as a sex slave; the little girl who moves tents in an IDP camp, after being married to an older man, old enough to be her father or grandfather; the baby girl cut with a razor in an FGM ceremony; the woman beaten by her partner behind closed doors; the women’s human rights defender silenced and brutally murdered; the teenager in her bedroom reading bullying messages on her mobile phone; the working women who are harassed and humiliated by bosses and colleagues; the woman tormented because of her sexual orientation”.

According to the UN, violence against girls and women is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations and the most extreme form of discrimination.

The list of discriminatory practices against women and girls is long and includes, crucially, unequal access to education and to employment commensurate with the level of education.

Besides crippling human beings who could otherwise develop to reach their full potential and contribute to the development of their societies, mistreatment of women also hinders countries’ progress.

Blamed for gender inequality, which is not exclusive to developing countries, are often patriarchal attitudes and related social norms.

Which means that in many developing countries, reaching gender equality and ending discrimination is going to be a long battle.

The one day a year that reminds the world of the plight of girls and women should serve as a catalyst that spurs countries into action to combat violence against and oppression of women everywhere.

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EXCELLENT EDITORIAL ALTHOUGH I SEE NO SOLUTION OR ANY END IN SIGHT. BEFORE ANY ONE CAN RE-SET THE MINDS OF LOTS OF MEN IN THIS MEN DOMINATED WORLD, IT WILL NEED A CHANGE OF MIND AND METAL STATUS OF THIS GENERATION. WE CAN USE THE SLOGAN " LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND " AS MUCH AS WE WANT BUT THE FACT IS THAT THE OPPOSITE IS THE CASE. HOW CAN THE WORLD ELIMINATE ALL FORMS OF GENDER DISCRIMINATION WHEN GOVERNMENTS ESPECIALLY IN THE ARAB WORLD USE BOTH THEIR DRACONION MIS-INTERPRETATIONS OF LAW AND CONSTITUTIONS TO SHACKLE WOMEN IN THE KITCHEN OF CONTRL AND INSULT TO DE-HUMILIATE WOMEN AND IN SOME CASES WITH VIOLENCE. FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE ARAB WORLD, EVERY WOMAN AND GIRL IS OWNED BY A MALE CUSTODIAN. CHILD MARRIAGE IS SEX SLAVERY BUT STILL REMAINS THE ORDER OF THE DAY. ANY MARRIAGES OUTSIDE JORDAN BY A JORDANIAN WOMEN IS AN AUTOMATIC EXILE WHILE MEN, THEIR WIFES AND CONCUBINES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD OWNS JORDAN AND ITS RESOURCES SO WHERE DO YOU START FROM?. SEXUAL ASSULTS IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY EVEN IN MY OWN COUNTRY NEVER MIND IN JORDAN WHERE HONOR AND/OR DIS-HONOR KILLINGS REMAINS AS STATUS QUO AND MISGUIDED BY RELIGION AND FAITH. WHEN AND WHERE DID GOD INDICATES THAT KILLING ANY WOMAN FOR DOING EXACTLY WHAT MEN DO AS HOBBY ON DAILY BASIS A CRIME PUNISHABLE BY DEATH? WHO OWNS JORDAN AND BY THIS I MEAN TO ASK WHO IS ENTITLED TO CITIZENSHIPS IN JORDAN?. IF WOMEN ARE USELESS, WHY DO JORDAN SEND WOMEN AMBASSADORS TO REPRESENT THEIR COUNTRY THAT NEITHER VALUE OR WANT THEM EXCEEPT FOR PLEASURE? A SHOW OF HYPOCRISY OR WHAT???. IRONICALLY, WHEN AND WHERE EVER THIS IS THE CASE, THESE WOMEN ARE RATED VERY VERY HIGH AS TOP DIPLOMATS THAT HAS SERVED THE KINGDOM MORE THAN VERY WELL SO " WHERE IS THE BEEF? ". THE FACT IS THAT IN JORDAN, WOMEN ARE REGARDED AND HANDLED AS EGGS SHELL. WHY IS THAT?. ECONOMIC DEPRIVATION OF WOMEN IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY AND IT IS BOTH INTENTIONALLY AND UN-INTENTIONALLY PRACTICED IN THE KINGDOM THROUGH THE REJECTION OF THEIR GRAND CHILDREN AND IN-LAWS WHEN THE INLAW SAID INLAW IS A NON JORDANIAN MAN WHILE SIMULTENOUSLY, THEY ENGAGE IN FAKE MARRIAGES TO BECOME US CITIZENS SO WHERE DO WE START FROM TO DRAIN THIS SWAMP? MY ONLY ANSWER IS THAT NO MORE FOREIGN AIDS WITHOUT EVIDENCE OF GENDER NEUTRALITY.

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