Thursday, April 16, 2009

Still in the Stone Age

For the past few days I've been reading the news reports from Afghanistan about the new laws being established.

It's now illegal for a woman to refuse sex with her husband.

It was long an acceptable argument even in America that a woman's place was to serve her husband. This went so far as being essentially owned by her husband, unable to own property, inherit, vote, or make any decision contrary to her spouse's wishes. She had no control over her future, her body, her children, or her life.

This is what is being written into law today, in the year 2009, in other parts of the world.

I hope that you will join me in supporting the emancipation of women everywhere, through actions such as joining and supporting the organisations listed at the right with your time, money, and efforts. Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the ACLU (which leads several international initiatives) are all working toward a more just world.
It's important!


Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

BRAVO for this post!!! Bravo, bravo, bravo........what an awesome cause.
I hope to see you and your town in "Friday Shoot-Outs" tomorrow morning.
Take good care and.......

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Si's blog said...

One of the troubles with Iraq and so many of the troubled parts of the world is trying to impose democracy and equal rights in places where fuedalism and virtual stone age civilization has been in place for millenia. They will have to be drug kicking and screaming into the 19th Century.

sciencegirl said...

I do often wonder whether it is 'right' to try to spread democratic ideals to other cultures. There's no one model or morality. But then, if so many participants in a society are so clearly against the rules of their society (as Afghan women are showing us now), we really must act, and not let those voices be extinguished.

EastwoodDC said...

It is difficult to change a culture, and trying to force the change from the top down does not seem to work very well. I think that practices such as microcredit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microcredit) offer a chance to empower women, and enable a change from the bottom up.

Also, I can't believe I just spend 10 minutes playing with the virtual cat! :-)