Women’s Day | My thoughts: Not just one day a year

I don’t get caught up in the feminist discussion nor do I condone the ill-treatment of men. What I do believe in is fairness. I believe that each human being, regardless of gender, colour, creed, class, nationality, society or religion ought to have the same basic rights. I am well aware that this does not hold true for all states and their citizens.

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The Universal Declaration on Human Rights of 1948 lists a number of rights, inter alia-

  • the right to life, liberty and security of person
  • the right to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal
  • the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution
  • the right to marry and to found a family
  • the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association
  • the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment
  • the right to education
  • the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits

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Unfortunately, there are women and girls who exercise too few of the rights of the UDHR. Despite international efforts by women’s organizations, women and girls are still trafficked, abused, forced to marry and start families. They are not permitted to make decisions which might impact their personal lives nor do they have opportunities to thoroughly explore avenues to contribute in their communities. Those who are bold enough to step outside of societal demarcations in order to seek a better life for themselves and their children are met with resistance from those who have conformed, violence or even death.  Continue reading “Women’s Day | My thoughts: Not just one day a year”

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