There have been far too many assaults against women from the days of executing women suspected of being witches in the 1500s in Europe to the modern day Female Genital Cutting or forced female circumcision (FGC). Not to mention the blatant disrespect of women in many of today’s popular music.
FGC is predominantly practiced in Northeast Africa and parts of the Near East and Southeast Asia, although it has also been reported to occur in individual tribes in South America and Australia. In the past several decades, there have been many concerted efforts by the World Health Organization (WHO) to end the practice of FGC. The United Nations has also declared February 6 as "International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation."
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is a UN-sponsored awareness day that is an effort to make the world aware of female genital cutting (also called female genital mutilation or FGM) and to promote it’s eradication. I salute the United Nations for taking a stand against this atrocity and appeal to men that claim to love women that they should also take a national stand.
First, on February 6, 2003, Stella Obasanjo, the First Lady of Nigeria, made the official declaration on "Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation" in Africa.
Then the UN Sub-Commission on Human Rights adopted this day as an international awareness day.
Currently as I write, hundreds of women are raped and/or gang raped in Libya as a weapon of war by Moammar Gadhafi forces. Many people worldwide are protesting against this lawlessness. In the Bible, there’s a scripture (James 2:26) that says “Faith without Deeds is dead.” Deeds are how you show your love for women and not just with flowers, candy, and goodnight kisses. Men must keep in mind that a girl or woman is sexually assaulted every couple of minutes or so in the U.S. as well.
The number of seriously battered wives and girlfriends is far beyond the ability of any agency to count.
We're all implicated in this carnage because the relentless violence against women and girls is linked at its core to the wider society's casual willingness to dehumanize women and girls, to see them first and foremost as sexual vessels - objects - and never, ever as the equals of men. This too must change!
Just last week, May 8-14, was National Women's Health Week, which is a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health. Men who claim to love women should step up to the plate and support women’s health issues and rail against the suffering and/or humiliation of women worldwide. Especially within their own communities. To learn what you can do to improve the plight of women email me at: richardojones1@ verizon.net
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