Sunday, 12 January 2014

The Everyday Of Women's Rights


It is the second week of  January and all the media year-end wrap-ups are history.  I noticed that a number of the best-of, worst-of lists that were offered up by news outlets covered the year for women. Moments in 2013 that showed either advances for women or moments that indicated a black-slide in equality for women. The things that were listed tended to be about  legislation or  political gaffs or celebrity admissions and proclamations.  But what about the day-to-day gains or losses of everyday women?  Misogyny and sexism still exist in many, if not most, cultures. It is openly acknowledged by many that “women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights,” as Hillary Clinton famously said at  the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995.  And many laws have been passed since then to help change conditions for women. But daily injustices still need to be addressed; women everywhere are battling them on personal levels each and every day.

Liza Donnelly’s new book is called Women On Men, and is available from Narrative Magazine Books.

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