Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Women's Rights - Are We Doing Enough Globally?

Women's Rights - Are We Doing Enough Globally?

By Lance Winslow

It is important for those of us in the US, the only nation in the world that can legitimately be called a super power, to understand the culture of other nations and not impede on their need for self-governance. That's the right way to play it. After all, no country wants another telling it how to live, what to believe in, or how to carry out its affairs, not the US or any nation. Obviously, you can see that point right? Still, where do we draw the line on human rights?

And in case you've previously considered all this from an intellectual standpoint, that is to say that the term and concept of human rights was merely made up one day, and in reality does not exist, still, I'd like you to consider the challenges of women's rights in some nations, or the lack thereof. Not long ago, I was discussing all this with in a diplomatic connotation with an acquaintance of mine.

Now then, with regards to women's rights, and their bodies, well, when I see the enslavement of women around the world, I just can't see why that should be allowed to continue on planet earth. Of course, in the Middle East women have been put into that situation for so long, they actually know no other way, and would fight against you to free them. Scary thought. But with education it could be done, perhaps why their male counter parts in those regions don't want them to become educated.

Religions around the world have been a challenge, and when it comes to fundamentalism in any religion, well it often causes bizarre behaviors, and is more often than not used as a mechanism for control. In the US we value the freedom of religion, and yet, when it goes against what we consider to be human rights, or women's rights, those are two very different concepts to try to marry and negotiate. Where do we draw that line? We must not tell other nations who to carry out their own affairs, and yet, when we see cruelty or rules against freedom, surely every American cringes at the thought.

So, let me as the question which is also the title of this article once again; "Are we doing enough globally when it comes to the rights of women?" Indeed, I'd say the answer is no, no we aren't and yet, I also worry about the repercussions of forcing our culture and will onto others, even if we are doing it for the right reasons. Well, I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank.

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