In order to include geographic areas that are dominated by religious support of vicious gender violence the UN Women’s Rights Resolution has allowed religion to support inequality. They say they are going forward but they went a step back at the same time.
A UN General Assembly committee has agreed a landmark first resolution on women’s rights defenders such as Malala Yousafzai, despite a hard fought campaign by an alliance including the Vatican to weaken the measure.
A Norwegian-led coalition, which has prepared the resolution for months, had to delete language that condemned “all forms of violence against women” to get the text passed by consensus late Wednesday.
African nations, the Vatican, Iran, Russia, China and conservative Muslim states had sought to weaken the resolution passed by the assembly’s human rights committee, diplomats and activists said.
The excluded text was:
”strongly condemn all forms of violence against women and women human rights defenders and refrain from invoking any customs, traditions or religious consideration to avoid their obligations.”
Good old pope has created a commission to investigate child abuse but have you noticed while the pope visits the sick, poor, and infirm he has never visited an abuse victim? Nor will the Vatican or Pope support this resolution that religion should not get a pass in its violence and inequalities to women. Same old pope, new name. I liked that Rush Limbaugh called him Marxist but as Forbes noted he’s a Peronist revealing his Argentine legacy where focusing on the poor is legerdemain for avoiding equality issues.
The Vatican led opponents to references in the draft to the risks faced by those working on sexual and reproductive health and gender rights, activists who monitored the talks said.
Bruce Gorton gets it right that religious freedoms used as an excuse form oppression. Free to oppress you and me.
Now the thing about this, is that when you get right down to it the defence of human rights is generally something that happens in a bid to change customs, traditions and religious considerations that are not worthy of respect.
In fact all protests as always in conflict with one or more of those categories, as all protests are based upon bringing about some sort of change. Even a labour strike essentially challenges corporate culture and the traditional dominance of the boss.
If under a given religious teaching a husband has the right to beat his wife, then frankly those religious teachings should not be tolerated. The state should be neutral on religion, but that does not translate into the state being neutral on wife beating.
Gorton also gets it right that separating genders whether side-by-side or front-rear, as happened at a recent UK university, is still inequality.
In its guidelines for how to deal with the invitation of controversial external speakers, Universities UK said this:
“Assuming the side-by-side segregated seating arrangement is adopted, there does not appear to be any discrimination on gender grounds merely by imposing segregated seating. Both men and women are being treated equally, as they are both being segregated in the same way”.
Now the reason for that is religious and cultural sensitivity – the problem with it is illustrated by history.
In 1937 Poland legalised “Ghetto benches” in its universities, benches specifically for Jewish students, where Jewish students had to sit. This was introduced due to the ‘cultural sensitivities’ of bigots.
The benches essentially meant that anti-Semitic professors could ignore those benches set up for Jewish students, while answering questions from the rest of the class.
It is not that the same thing might happen with gender segregation in the UK’s universities, it is that it inevitably will.
Separate but equal never works, because the point to separating people is to make keeping them unequal easier.
Let me be really clear here, separate but equal never works! This statement is a red flag that what will follow will be certainly most unequal.
If one is to allow people to invoke religious considerations for treating other people unequally, one allows one of the major sources of unequal treatment to go unchallenged.
Someone send Gorton a Happy Holidays card! In this time where we walk on egg shells to accommodate religious oppression, uhhh freedom, we need to step up to the plate and prevent abuse whether beating, genital mutilation, rape, or anti blasphemy. Even if a sky daddy says it’s necessary or you’ve always done it that way.
Jim Newman, bright and well