Monday, March 08, 2010

Blogging for International Women's Day 2010

What does "Equal Rights For All" mean to you?

It means that everyone has worth. That little girls are valued as much as little boys.  It means that everyone has the freedom to make choices for their own lives. The choice to marry who they want, or to not marry.  It means that each person has control of their own body, of their own lives.  It means equal pay for equal work. It means safe and accessible health care for all.  It means education for all. It means freedom from exploitation. 

It means an end to this: Little girls don't need to get divorces.

It means that pregnant women are not jailed for falling down stairs:
Pregnant? Don't Fall Down The Stairs

It means no one should die because they are denied an abortion: Mother Denied Cancer Treatment Because of Abortion Ban

It means that a church would show outrage against a rapist, not the victim and those who tried to help her: Nine-Year-Old's Abortion Outrages Brazil's Catholic Church

It means more of this: Gay Couples Line Up For Licenses To Wed

And more of this: Saving the World's Women

And a lot more of this: Midwives in Afghanistan Try To Rebuild Women's Healthcare System

I'm realistic enough to know that bigotry, sexism and misogyny will always exist. But I hope that someday society will force people with those views into the minority and out of control. I hope that lawmakers and world leaders will fight for the rights of those who have no voice.  I have already read how access to health care, education and micro-loans have changed the lives of women in developing countries.  I know it is possible.

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