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  • The Real War on Women: Abusing Basic Human Rights

    Liberals have declared that there is a “war on women” in the United States but is that really true? A little bit of international perspective on women’s rights goes a long way.  The truth is this: there is a war on women in the world – and here’s what it looks like:

    Last week in Morocco, 16-year old Amina’s al-Filali committed suicide after being forced to marry her rapist. After charges were filed against the rapist by al-Filali’s parents, a local judge determined the best route to be marriage — in order to “resolve” the impurity of sexual violation against her. For Amina, it was too much.

    In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Honorata Kizende was kidnapped and raped by armed militias, then forced to be a sex slave for a year. After being released, her family rejected her due to the stigma of rape. In a place where violent rape is rampant, many women live without the support and comfort of family due to the shame cast on rape victims.

    A recent Oscar-winning Hollywood documentary, “Saving Face,” documents the horrifying trend of acid attacks on females in Pakistan. Simply disrespecting or divorcing their husbands is the usual justification for such action. Most abusers go unpunished.

    Last year in Afghanistan, the Taliban forced a woman to abort her baby – then shot her dead, for alleged adultery. Chinese women are routinely forced to abort their babies due to the country’s reprehensible one-child policy.

    In Saudi Arabia, women are still fighting for the right to drive, to be seen in public alone, to be educated and to play sports.

    So is there a war against women? You bet. And the United States has an opportunity to address the horrific injustices against the world’s women by promoting freedom through our foreign policy and encouraging the respect and care of women throughout the world.

    As Heritage’s Grace Melton wrote, “The U.S. should work conscientiously to identify and address the real needs of women around the world, such as advancing maternal health, preventing and treating disease, securing legal rights, and seeking greater economic empowerment.”

    It’s time liberals recognize that the real fight for women’s basic human rights is happening in places like Morocco, Saudi Arabia & Afghanistan – where women are treated like second class citizens and worse. The women in that war need all they help they can get.

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    19 Responses to The Real War on Women: Abusing Basic Human Rights

    1. Pragmatic says:

      Here's the equivalent of what you're saying, "people are making a big deal about unemployment in this country, but they need to realize that unemployment is worse in other countries, for example 48% in Senegal, 77% in Burkina Faso, and 85% in Liberia. It's time for republicans to realize that the real fight against unemployment is happening in places like Senegal, Burkina Faso, and Liberia."

      Just because there are gross injustices in the rest of the world doesn't mean that people should tolerate the relatively minor injustices at home.

    2. Kathy Sloane says:

      Huh, paying for your birth control is now an injustice…..

      • Just a Woman says:

        Yes, because it is also used for health reasons. You do realize you pay for insurance for viagra, don't you?

    3. Oh please! As if conservatives care about women in other countries. They start wars where women are also raped and murdered, deny AIDS funding, etc. You only want to use foreign parallels when it suits your purposes to subvert the dialogue around how women are treated as second class citizens in the U.S. Do women have quality maternal care, disease prevention, etc here? Nope, because conservatives cut the social safety nets for women and poor families, and whine about the national health care. Have women achieved economic parity? Nope. In fact, conservatives sponsor anti-affirmative action policies to further treat women as second class citizens. It's true that women are treated horribly in other countries, but they are also here too.

      • Bobbie says:

        if you had a life of your own you wouldn't be putting false assumptions on conservatives. We want women around the world to have the ability to take control of their own matters and to rise above the services of a controlled government ideology being forced on them. There's no reason women shouldn't have access and ability to work to provide their own "safety net" within their own control. Government controlled safety nets don't provide anything of quality and as complimentary as it is on it's face, amounts to nothing good or productive in what's behind it. I believe in affirmative action for girls/women alone, without further description. So, you're right. Conservatives do like making their own decisions, handling their own affairs, living up to personal responsibilities, establishing personal resources through family friends and charities without any ties to government or depending on outside government. We do believe the women of the world could self govern under proper, respectful leadership to be without authoritative, controlled government. You seem uncomfortable with women not depending or not expecting to depend on controlled government? If you're a woman I'll pray for you. If you're a man, thank you for sharing your common mindset of foreign men and their intimidation of women.

      • Women are not treated horribly here. Go to one of these other countries, see how those women live. Then come back home to the United States and be grateful that you live in the wonderful country that you do.

        • Pragmatic says:

          Good point Felicia, here's one, see if you agree with it, "People are not treated horribly here under the Obama administration. Go to one of these countries (Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, etc), see how those people live. Then come back home to the United States and be grateful that you live in the wonderful country that you do."

          Given the almost perfectly parallel of logic here, I'll just assume that you agree.

        • Just a Woman says:

          1 in 3 women have been raped in the United States. So we should ignore it because other women have it worse? I am not sure how that makes sense.

    4. Ari says:

      You're absolutely right, we do need to stand up for Women's rights everywhere.
      There's a country where Women are being prevented from speaking about their health to the government. They are then called sluts for wanting to speak their mind. Where male senators force women to go through unnecessary procedures out of a claimed sense of moral right. We should really help them out, as they are certainly treating women like second class citizens or worse.

      • Bobbie says:

        speaking of health is one thing. suggesting free personal contraception be accommodated to personal choices in behavior is another. Help people learn to help themselves to carry out their own personal responsibilities at their own expense to their personal health and choices. Government involvement in personal matters is dangerous. People need to learn America isn't here for people to be burdens on society. America's freedom is self reliance. personal responsibilities carried out by the person without looking for or to government as a resource. There are plenty of countries that don't have freedom where government does it all for you. Why destroy one country's greatness people in the world are welcome to by supporting this unconstitutional government socialist take over? In America, exposure alone to a womans' desperation looking to government for refuge to personal expenses is condescending women worse than 2nd class citizens. And a 30 year old college student? How did she figure it out before now?

    5. Jeffrey Imm says:

      A struggle against misogyny and for women's human rights – is not limited to any borders, any politics, any nationality, any race, and any religion. Women's human rights belong to ALL women, without exception.

    6. seebs says:

      This is surreal. How does "it's worse elsewhere" matter? If your child dies, does the fact that children are more likely to die somewhere else console you? I would think not. So if someone I know is mandated by law to have some guy shove something into her genitals, does that suddenly stop being a problem just because it happens more often somewhere else?

      Yes, it's really truth. The things going on here are absolutely insane, and I cannot seriously believe that people think that comparing women to farm animals is not some kind of problem.

      Yes, problems are worse elsewhere. But the difference is, in most of the world, things are getting better; here, it's getting worse.

      • Kahr50 says:

        Then move to one of the special places where things are getting better.

        We will not miss you/

    7. Roger Baxter says:

      Unfortunately, you failed to tie it together, and place the blame where it really belongs. What do all of the countries that routinely violate women's rights have in common? Islam. You need to start calling it like it is.

    8. geof says:

      the article ends saying the US should get involved . i dis-agree . the US should stay out of other peoples business

    9. savedaughters19 says:

      Beginning of December, a program aired on ABC 20/20 about India’s deadly secret. It was about 40 million girls who have vanished. All aborted before they could take their first breath. Their crime was that they were girls. As you know the gender ratios is India are terribly skewed about 914 girls per 1,000 boys. In Punjab it is about 833 girls per1,000 boys. Unfortunately this happens amongst the privileged and the educated also. The only woman who has brought cases against her in-laws and husband is Dr Mitu Khurana. Please watch her story and sign her petition for justice. Please give those 40 million girls silenced forever, a voice. Please forward this to as many friends as possible.

      After you sign the petition, there will be a request from the site for a donation. This donation is totally discretionary and does not in any way or form affect or benefit Dr Mitu Khurana. All she is asking for is your support (signing this petition) so that pressure can be put on the Indian authorities that the whole world is watching them in total disbelief as they make a young mother run around in vain for four years in search of justice.

    10. Dave says:

      Where is Hilary Clinton, now. This a problem she should be involved in not gun control with the UN!

    11. Wrong says:

      I can play this illogical little game too!

      Shut up about gun control, in other countries you can't even have a gun.
      Shut up about not having the 10 commandments in the courtroom, in other countries you're put to death for being a Christian.
      Shut up about expensive doctor bills, in other countries you get malaria and die.
      Shut up about your mortgage, in other countries you live in a shack.

      America has really gone to crap if people have to point out how much better it is than a third world country. Isn't it supposed to be the best country in the world?

      • HHKrentz says:

        The point was, Wrong, that there are actual terrible things being done to women that make the idea that because they don't get contraceptives for free being sort of "war" just ridiculous. (PUH-leeze!)

        Meanwhile, Obamacare requirements limit future breast cancer and PAP screenings. Where's your hype there, Wrong? Where's your outrage?

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