Friday, August 26, 2005

Bush has spent billions of $$ and tens of thousands have been killed, to bring WHAT to WHOM????

while he vacays, on Women's Equality Day....

The Heretik has a heartwrending post on a young 16 year old girl, who was an example of Islamic justice in Iran.

And of course, our friends the Kurds, who are also forerunners in the rights of women.... have about a 90% rate of Female Genital Mutilation, to this day
excerpt.. "The child, completely naked, is made to sit on a low stool. Several women take hold of her and open her legs wide. After separating her outer and inner lips, the operator, usually a woman experienced in this procedure, sits down facing the child. With her kitchen knife the operator first pierces and slices open the hood of the clitoris. Then she begins to cut it out......"

On Women's Equality Day in the U.S., NOW Advocates for Iraqi Women's Rights
Statement of National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy
August 26, 2005
On August 26, we celebrate Women's Equality Day in honor of the 85th anniversary of women's suffrage. From 1776 to 1920, it took nearly 150 years for the women of the United States to win the right to vote — a right that was originally denied to us by the "founding fathers" of our nation. And women's equality still is not guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.
An even greater injustice is about to be imposed on our sisters in Iraq, and with the support of the Bush administration.

The current draft of the new Iraqi constitution states that "Islam is the official religion of the state and is a basic source of legislation" and that "No law can be passed that contradicts the undisputed rules of Islam." This is likely to result in religious rule over women's rights in areas of marriage, divorce, custody and inheritance rights. If that is the case, the women of Iraq will be taking a giant step backward.

The Bush administration, in a shameful move, has endorsed this draft constitution. Their earlier commitment to pressing for women's guaranteed constitutional rights appears to be forgotten, or worse, purposely set aside.

Perhaps American Enterprise Institute's Reuel Marc Gerecht let the cat out of the bag when he said on Meet the Press last Sunday: "I think it's important to remember that in the year 1900, for example, in the United States, it was a democracy then. In 1900, women did not have the right to vote. If Iraqis could develop a democracy that resembled America in the 1900s, I think we'd all be thrilled. I mean, women's social rights are not critical to the evolution of democracy." (medbh---may he come back next lifetime as Atefeh Rahabi)

Contrary to Gerecht's assertions, a guarantee of women's rights is absolutely essential to democracy in Iraq. The women of Iraq must explicitly be guaranteed equality in the new constitution — not as afterthoughts in a bill of rights that may or may not be written at some point in the future. Without a clear statement in this document now, women's human rights will continue to be bargained away.

Eighty-five years ago, the decades of blood, sweat and tears of our feminist foremothers finally came to fruition when they won the vote for all women in this country. As we honor this victory, we call on the Bush administration to support Constitutional equality for U.S. women and to withdraw its support from any Iraq constitution that erodes rather than expands Iraqi women's rights and freedoms.

thanks for the democracy, george.........


Blogger Karl said...

Thanks for bringing forth this information. I for one was not aware of the Kurds history of this barbaric activity.

10:45 PM  
Blogger Medbh said...

The actual report about the high incidence of FMG among the Kurds came out about a year ago. I posted on it awhile ago. It is in the news now because of the "proof" that was obtained. The poor little girl picture may be part of the proof. Barabric is right. The African nations were making progress in eliminating FMG, ut this hateful practice to glorify a man's sexuality, dominance and control continues..

8:45 PM  
Anonymous ThomH said...

FGM, as you know better than I, is very dangerous to women. Even if the clitoridecthomy goes well--no major infections or scarring, there's often complications later pertaining to childbirth, general urilogical functions, etc. {Spelling?}

It's also--as you rightly suggest--a completely unnecessary surgery for any health or medical purposes.

Likewise, though FGM intends to make the girl in question less sexually responsive, and hence presumably less promiscuous, it's practiced in cultures in which women do not have strong choice in their marriage or sexual partners--abuse, mistreatment, polygamy and prostitution typically prevalent.

But I have to point one very ugly aspect of this. I do agree with you that this is about control and dominance--and that of men over women.

But FGM is usually performed by women, and typically the victim is a relative. The belief that if she does not have her clitoris removed, she won't be able to find a husband.

So if you talk to the parties involved, they might insist this is good or desirable.

It's not just stopping a barbaric practice -- it's changing part of the culture that permits that practice. But people fighting this on the ground should know some of the resistance you receive will be from women.

So we have two horrors here, if you would.

1. The practice itself of FGM.

2. The beliefs and values that allow FGM to seem desirable or even necessary.

Sadly, the struggle here isn't limited to just dealing w/ men.

1:47 AM  

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