WOMEN, RIGHTS, AND THE ECONOMIC REALITIES
UNITED NATIONS: Describing the subjugation of women as a threat to American security, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a passionate plea on Friday to give equal rights to women around the world.
Once again, I am faced with reality versus wishful thinking, and the reality bites. It is OK to dream, as in when you are sleeping, or may be on drugs, but when you are talking "real life" it is advisable not to be hallucinating.
Time, and time again, I have shown where our actions are not in coherence with our objectives. World wide our economic goals have been to produce at the cheapest cost, to purchase from the lowest bidder, and to pay nothing more than lip services to all else.Where ever the jobs have been transferred to women, the wages have dropped, as the labor pools expands (due to the inclusion of women in the worker pool). Also men become more and more economically dependent on the woman's earnings. True that an economically independent woman should be less threatened by the man abusing her in a relationship, but that has not been the case in the so called Western societies. On the other hand many a man has become dependent on the woman to be the provider and used and abused her financially and physically if she failed.
The true Islam itself provides for the economic freedom of the woman, it was first to grant a woman a share of inheritance from her parents, it allowed, even promoted woman's education in all subjects, allowed for women to be in business and trade, a woman was to receive a special present or a sum of money as part of her marriage vows, she was to receive a generous share of her husband's estate upon his death, and an alimony in case of a divorce. If women have been abused and made chattel of their families and husbands it is not the fault of Islam but the people not following the true Islamic tradition and yet calling themselves Muslims.
The country’s population growth rate is the key determinant of progress in achieving the goals envisaged in every sector of national life. With the population currently growing at a rate of 1.9 per cent per annum, the government is faced with the challenge of a huge backlog and higher targets in the provision of education, healthcare, housing and every other basic right while the economy remains under pressure.
“Corruption was widespread within the government and police forces, and the government made few attempts to combat the problem.”
Rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment, and abuse against women remained serious problems. Honour crimes and discriminatory legislation affected women and religious minorities respectively.
Religious freedom violations and inter-sectarian religious conflict continued. Widespread trafficking in persons, child labour, and exploitation of indentured and bonded children were ongoing problems.
Child abuse, commercial sexual exploitation of children, discrimination against persons with disabilities, and lack of respect for worker rights remained concerns.
LIFE IS A GAME OF CONNECT THE DOTS, IF YOU DON'T CONNECT ALL THE DOTS OR DON'T CONNECT THEM IN THE RIGHT ORDER YOU NEVER GET THE PICTURE