Focus: Urgent gender equality action and rights of global women
As March heads into the final week of Women’s History Month, another sexual harassment complaint has been filed against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo; six Asian women were murdered Tuesday in Atlanta, Georgia; the WHO released a finding that violence against women is “devastatingly pervasive and starts alarmingly young”; US President Biden said on 17 March that “1 in 3 women are subjected to domestic violence” based on US studies; Sarah Everard’s murder-by-cop, brought out Metro London cops to put a beating on women, (Sisters United will never be defeated say endangered London women) at a vigil; Filipino women are being murdered for demonstrating for women’s safety, and thousands of women launched a demonstration in Sydney, Australia that shook that country.
March 2021, Women’s History month has been a horror show.
- The world is getting sick of America’s hatred. Sick of racism.
- Are distancing and lockdown mandates a violation of civil liberties?
- Now-Targeted Filipino Schoolgirls 10-11 told create FB Acct by school
- Sisters united will never be defeated say endangered London women.
- How do we stop this secondary pandemic of violence toward women?
- Will NY impeach Governor Cuomo now accused of Sex Crime?
- Seven women of Afghanistan awarded IWOC Awards Posthumously
- International Women’s Day is Monday but today… a commentary.
- Jalalabad Women Journos murder gets ISIS Syrian enclave killed
- Good governance is not enough, the kiss was assault, Cuomo. Editorial comment from a feminist.
- In Nigeria, March saw the kidnap and paid release of nearly 300 school girls.
- Seven women of Afghanistan murdered and awarded IWOC Awards Posthumously
“These alarming events and realities need to be discussed in detail at next week’s gender equality forum in Mexico city,” says Okeke Victor Ikechukwu, RINJ African Advocate and Lawyer for the foundation who was speaking about recent kidnappings of school girls in Nigeria.
The Mexican government, UN Women, France, in partnership with civil society including the RINJ Foundation global women’s group, plus youth organizations, will comprise the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City.
“Based on human rights principles,” say organizers of Generation Equality Forum “and through a data-driven process of consultation with international feminist groups (including The RINJ Foundation), grassroots activist organizations, governments and other partners, the selected themes of the Generation Equality Action Coalitions are:
- Gender-Based Violence
- Economic justice and rights
- Bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)
- Feminist action for climate justice
- Technology and innovation for Gender Equality
- Feminist movements and leadership
Polls suggest there is much work to be done globally to plant the seed of Gender Parity
A poll, conducted in Canada by Léger and the Association in concert with similar polls from 21 October to 15 December, 2020, claims over 26k respondents from 34 countries. (Read the poll in its entirety: WIN-Gender-Equality-2020
Released at the beginning of March the poll indicates equality between men and women has been eluded. Canadian female respondents were unequivocal. Canadian women were firmly at a 73 per cent response that said Canada has missed gender equality. Interestingly, 53 per cent of men agreed. That is significant.
Africa is not meeting goals says another poll
Meanwhile, “Africa has increased the number of women in parliament but still looks set to miss a global goal of gender parity in politics by 2030″, a European think tank said on Thursday. Read if you wish: Womens political participation Africa barometer-2021.