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Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, cultural, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment. A feminist advocates or supports the rights and equality of women.
"No society treats its women as well as its men." That's the conclusion from the United Nations Development Programme, as written in its 1997 Human Development Report [source: UNDP]. Almost 50 years earlier, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly had adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which specified that everyone, regardless of sex, was entitled to the same rights and freedoms. The 1997 Human Development Report, as well as every Human Development Report that followed, has highlighted that each country falls short of achieving that goal. The severity of the shortfall varies by country; Nordic countries such as Sweden, Norway and Iceland, for example, are routinely hailed as having the smallest gender gaps. In the developing world, however, women face unfairness that can be hard to fathom. In this article, we'll take a trip around the world to examine 10 examples of gender inequality.
originally posted by: Dark Ghost
a reply to: theabsolutetruth
It's cute you assume I am not educated on the topics of social issues such as feminism just because you disagree with my views. Sad, but cute nonetheless.
Of course you prefer the "opinion of international scholars, studies and statistics" that AGREE WITH YOU, but you are not so receptive to the ones that don't.
CEDAW: The International Bill of Rights for Women
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women defines the right of women to be free from discrimination and sets the core principles to protect this right. It establishes an agenda for national action to end discrimination, and provides the basis for achieving equality between men and women through ensuring women's equal access to, and equal opportunities in, political and public life as well as education, health and employment. CEDAW is the only human rights treaty that affirms the reproductive rights of women.
The Convention has been ratified by 180 states, making it one of the most ratified international treaties. State parties to the Convention must submit periodic reports on women’s status in their respective countries. CEDAW’s Optional Protocol establishes procedures for individual complaints on alleged violations of the Convention by State parties, as well as an inquiry procedure that allows the Committee to conduct inquiries into serious and systematic abuses of women's human rights in countries. So far the Protocol has been ratified by 71 States.
Anyone Can Stand Up for the Rights of Women
Any individual, non-governmental organization, group or network may submit communications (complaints/appeals/petitions) to the Commission on the Status of Women containing information relating to alleged violations of human rights that affect the status of women in any country in the world. The Commission on the Status of Women considers such communications as part of its annual programme of work in order to identify emerging trends and patterns of injustice and discriminatory practices against women for purposes of policy formulation and development of strategies for the promotion of gender equality.
It really breaks my heart to see so much anger and hatred between men and women here.
originally posted by: LesMisanthrope
There's no hatred between men and women in feminism.
Basing judgements on gender is completely irrational, like basing judgements on race or social standing. It just doesn't work that way.
originally posted by: theabsolutetruth
a reply to: Dark Ghost
I prefer the EDUCATED opinion of international scholars, studies and statistics, as well as my own experiences and that of others, to your opinion, thanks all the same.
Have you READ this thread??? There is plenty of hatred toward women - simply for being feminist - for wanting equality and struggling the best they know how in order to claim what's rightfully theirs.
originally posted by: Benevolent Heretic
a reply to: AfterInfinity
You have DECIDED that feminism is about women wanting equality when it's convenient for them and wanting "special treatment" when that's convenient.... In reality, that is not feminism at all and anyone who says it is, is just mistaken.
Feminism is about EQUAL treatment. In life, the military, in the home, the job, the post office, the grocery store.
Not all women get it right, but if you have to pick out stupid pictures of angry, militant women to make your point, then you don't get it either.