From the United Nations come horrifying statistics: Victims of female genital mutilation – a ritual to remove a young girl’s clitoris to ensure her fidelity – number 130 million. Some 60 million girls become “child brides,” forced to marry, sometimes after being kidnapped and raped. Six hundred million women live in countries where domestic violence is not considered a crime. Every year as many as 5,000 women perish in ‘honor killings’ or punitive murder. Girls as young as 12 years old may be beaten, strangled, stoned or buried alive, for choosing what to wear or whom to marry, fleeing an abusive husband, even because their marriage dowries are considered insufficient.
Women’s rights are the fundamental human rights that were enshrined by the United Nations for every human being on the planet nearly 70 years ago. These rights include the right to live free from violence, slavery, and discrimination; to be educated; to own property; to vote; and to earn a fair and equal wage.
As the now-famous saying goes, “women’s rights are human rights.” That is to say, women are entitled to all of these rights. Yet almost everywhere around the world, women and girls are still denied them, often simply because of their gender.
Winning rights for women is about more than giving opportunities to any individual woman or girl; it is also about changing how countries and communities work. It involves changing laws and policies, winning hearts and minds, and investing in strong women’s organizations and movements.
Am Anfang der Frauenbewegung von 1968 standen drei Tomaten: Als einzige Frau durfte die Berlinerin Helke Sander auf der Delegiertenkonferenz des Sozialistischen Deutschen Studentenbundes eine Rede halten. Die Genossen reagierten mit Ignoranz – und plötzlich trafen Tomaten den Cheftheoretiker Hans-Jürgen Krahl.0
Als die Berlinerin Helke Sander durfte als einzige Frau auf der Delegiertenkonferenz des Sozialistischen Deutschen Studentenbundes (SDS) am 13. September 1968 in Frankfurt am Main ihre Rede hielt, war das Thema die “Gleichberechtigung der Geschlechter”. Erbost über die Ignoranz und Arroganz, mit der die SDS-Genossen auf Sanders Rede reagierten, warf die Studentin Sigrid Rüger drei Tomaten und traf auf dem Podium Cheftheoretiker Hans-Jürgen Krahl.
Wie ergeht es den Frauen im Abendland? Dass sie für Gleichberechtigung kämpfen, ist ein wichtiger Teil der europäischen Geschichte. Von der Antike über Hildegard von Bingen zum Frauenwahlrecht.6
Dass es mit der Unterdrückung der Frauen im Abendland nicht ganz so einfach werden würde, zeigte sich schon früh. Aristophanes, bei dem sich die Abendland-Exegetinnen nicht einig sind, ob sie ihn als Feministen avant la lettre oder eher als hämischen Frühverwitzler der weiblichen Emanzipation behandeln sollen, schrieb zwei Stücke: Um 411 vor Christus kam „Lysistrata“ auf die Bühne und 392 vor Christus sein Stück „Die Weibervolksversammlung“.
AP NEWS / BERNARD CONDON and JIM MUSTIANDecember 1, 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — At the end of another long day trying to sign up new clients accusing the Roman Catholic Church of sexual abuse, lawyer Adam Slater gazes out the window of his high-rise Manhattan office at one of the great symbols of the church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Synod hears apologies must be followed by concrete action as it backs compensating survivor
The Church of England could face a multimillion-pound bill after its ruling body voted in favour of compensating survivors of sexual abuse.
In a debate on the church’s response to recommendations made by the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA), the General Synod was told by the bishop of Huddersfield, Jonathan Gibbs, that words of apology must be followed by “concrete actions”.
Pope yet to implement crucial reforms to canon law one year on from summit
The Vatican has done little to seriously address the problem of clerical sexual abuse one year on from an unprecedented summit at which bishops and cardinals heard the testimony of victims, activists have said.
Francis’s refusal to allow the ordination of married men has highlighted divisions in the church
When the cardinals of the Roman Catholic church gathered for their conclave in the Sistine Chapel in 2013 and elected the Argentinian Jorge Bergoglio as the next pope, he joked that they had gone to the ends of the Earth to find him. It turned out that this was more than a joke: it was a warning of what was to come. The man who chose the name Francis, for the saint of Assisi who dedicated himself to the poor, has ever since been trying to shape the whole of the Catholic church to be more like the one found in Latin America.
On the seventh anniversary of the forced resignation from his office of Pope Benedict, Joseph Ratzinger, Kevin Annett of the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS) discloses new information on the deposing of this criminal, and the role of the present, equally criminal “pope” and the Spanish government in the event. See www.murderbydecree.com under ITCCS Archives for more information and write to firstname.lastname@example.org . Posted February 11, 2020.
The Rev Richard Bucci made comment after barring 44 pro-choice lawmakers from communion last week
A Rhode Island priest who sought to ban pro-choice lawmakers from receiving communion has suggested abortion is worse than child abuse.
“We are not talking about any other moral issue, where some may make it a comparison between pedophilia and abortion,” the Rev Richard Bucci told local TV station WJAR. “Pedophilia doesn’t kill anyone and this does.”