A Thoughtful Discussion About Women’s Rights

“Imagine, you are not from this earth. Now tell me, what do you think about the race called human” – Anonymous

Have you ever thought that if an outsider (like an alien from another planet) saw the way that women are treated worldwide, instead of paying us a compliment, they would be appalled? I have thought about it.

Here is a quote I stumbled upon several years ago that surprised me. The quote did not surprise me. It’s the person who is credited with having made the statement. The person in question is Mao Tse-Tung, the founder of Communist China. He is believed to have said, “Let all women, who are fit to work, work and receive equal pay for equal work.”

Well, as an American, I never thought, a Communist like Mao Tse-Tung championed equality for women.

WomenWatch is United Nations Internet Gateway for global gender equality issues. It states:

“Human rights issues are not only for the rights of women and children but are matters of universal concern. But women and children are particularly vulnerable, as they are most often disadvantaged and downtrodden. Let us keep their plight in the forefront of our hearts and minds. If presented with an opportunity and we have the power or the ability to do good, to show kindness and mercy, to make a change for the better, in this respect, then embrace it.”

United Nations Development Group

The United Nations Development Group (UNDG) has a membership of 32 funds, programs, agencies, and offices, plus five observers that play a role in internationally agreed-upon development goals. One of the members of the UNDG is the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI). In the UN’s organizational structure, the UNDPI is under the Secretariat. The Secretariat carries out a range of duties including surveying economic and social trends and organizing international conferences on issues of worldwide concern. The UNDPI’s organizational unit has 3 divisions:
– Strategic Communications Division;
– News and Media Division; and
– Outreach Division.

The Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women was organized in 1995, in Beijing, China. Twelve (12) critical areas of concern were identified and presented under the umbrella “The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action”. The Declaration is aimed at achieving greater equality and opportunity for women, i.e. female equality and empowerment, worldwide. The three previous World Conferences were held in Mexico City (1975), Copenhagen (1980) and Nairobi (1985).

The official website for the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE), aka “WomenWatch”, serves as an Internet Gateway to resources and information regarding gender equality and empowerment of women.

In March 2010, at its fifty-fourth session, the Commission on the Status of Women reviewed the implementation of the Declaration. In an effort to accomplish certain strategic goals for “Women and the Media” (outlined in Section J of the Beijing Platform for Action), interested parties not able to attend the Commission on the Status of Women were invited to participate in online discussions.

The UN and various other UN organizations not only discuss “Women and the Media” but also several topics of grave importance. The following is a listing of several discussions that were moderated by numerous UN organizations. These discussions have been taking place since November 2009.

– United Nations Population Fund: Violence Against Women

– World Bank: Women and the Economy

– World Health Organization: Women and Health

– United Nations Children’s Fund: Girl Child

– United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations: Armed conflict

– United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization: Gender Equality, Education and Training

– United Nations Development Program and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Women and Poverty

– United Nations Development Fund for Women: Women in Power and Decision-Making

– United Nations Environment Programme, with United Nations Human Settlements Programme: Women and the Environment

– Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: Women and Human Rights

I am repeating the quote because it bears repeating.

“Let all women, who are fit to work, work and receive equal pay for equal work.”

These are the words of Mao Tse-Tung but surely his thought is not an original thought. No doubt there were many who came before him and many who trailed behind him who all understood and saw the need for the application of this simple, fair and equitable principle. Well, from what we have discussed above, inequality in payment is not the only wrongs committed against women, there are numerous issues. What is my conclusion?


And you can quote me on that!

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