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Facing Grim Reality on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women


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Facing Grim Reality on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Lakshmi Puri

Each year on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is commemorated. A commemoration in essence is an opportunity to reflect on the challenges, prove that progress can be made and celebrate victories. It is also a reminder of the obligations and the responsibility we all must own at both the private and the public level to ensure that every woman, every girl, in all corners of the world lives in a world free of violence and fear. They must be enabled to enjoy their most fundamental right to physical integrity and security.


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What is hinted at but not stated is that the root of the problem is the patriarchal derived capitalism. The way the 1% has maintained rule since the days of the pharaohs is to divide the 99%. Patriarchy divides the 99% neatly. Patriarchy is not only bad for women but also bad for most men. In the Judeo-Islamo-Christian tradition King Solomon provides the perfect example. He had 700 wives and 300 concubines. That means that 1000 men had no intimate partner and probably many more because it required many more slaves to support.
The really sad part is that much of that oppression is supported by mothers. They inflict the FGM and other forms of oppression to try and ensure that their daughters will not become social outcasts.
Even in "enlightened" Western societies mothers closely monitor and control their daughters natural sexuality to try and protect them from the judgement of society. To change that situation will take a long time but is doable through education and love. Mothers and fathers must also teach their boys to respect women and girls and not fall for the idea that oppressing someone else provides assurance of ones worth.


#3

Yup - no comments here. All this is "identity politics".


#4

Over HALF of humanity are female--kinda goes beyond your dismissive "identity politics".


#5

When you finally realize how costly to you your cavalier attitude really is, you'll come around and show some sense.