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Female Cops In Kuwait Upset Some Folk

The issue as to whether a woman should be allowed to arrest a man in chauvinistic Kuwait has aroused anger among those who believe a woman should be hiding behind the veil, not whipping out a gun. Conservative members of society are angry and MP Hayef has threatened to grill the interior minister about allowing women into the police force. He charges it is “an abuse to the female identity, a violation of Islamic ethics and vvalues and a blind imitation of western and Westernized” civilizations. The controversy once again got into the media when the Ministry of Interior said it was considering allowing female officers to patrol the streets along with male officers. Alaa Al-Ajmi, points out she came from a conservative family and somehow convinced them to allow her to play soccer, now that is her profession. She believes once females are on the streets and working as police officers fears will disappear.

Those concerned about female rights believe it important to have women in the police because it allows women being abused to openly discuss their situation. Allowing women to be police officers is the first step in protecting the rights of all women–and men!

Copenhagen Violates Female Rights!

The city of Copenhagen refused to take action to end blatant discrimination against females. Copenhagen will not install gender-equal crosswalk signals on grounds that this significant blow for equality is not worth the effort. The city government refuses to install crosswalk signals showing a dress-clad female figure. “It’s not that we’re against the idea per se, but we’d rather try to do m ore concrete things to promote equality between the sexes.” Yeh, they want to do things like getting women into higher level executive positions or extending paternity leave, but how could those minor examples of equality compare to having a female figure being displayed every day in the cause of safety?

This just goes to show how man continue to focus on the wrong things when it comes to female equality. We need female figures on those traffic signals. It will inspire young girls not only to walk safely, but to feel pride that women are directing traffic, not men!!

Afghan Women Activist Killed

Eight years ago as American forces swept through Afghanistan, President Bush hailed the defeat of the Taliban as an opportunity for women in that forlorn nation to secure their rights. However, during the ensuing time, females have witnessed a constant deterioration of their rights to equality. Sitara Achakzai, has been fighting for female rights for years, but in modern Afghanistan to have such views is an invitation to death. She was getting out of her car in Kandahar when four men riding motorcycles opened fire and killed the activist just as she was ready to enter her home. A Taliban spokesperson, Qari Yousef Ahmedi, proudly announced his group was responsible for her death.

As a fellow Afghan noted: “She is about people, she was a leader. We are very proud of what she tried to do, and the whole family misses her so much.” She was also a citizen of Germany and could have lived there in security but chose to stand and deliver for her fellow Afghans. Even as she died, President Karzai was signing new legislation that reduced the rights of women in the country. I assume former President Bush does not regard Afghan female rights as Mission Accomplished.

Church Of England Holy Wars Heat Up

The Church of England, like many other long standing European religions, is confronting declining church attendance and increasing evidence young people are not as much into attending churches as their parents. But, the main issues confronting the Church of England general synod this summer will revolve around issues of women and gay rights. William Fittall, general secretary of the synod, admitted “there is no doubt we are at an unsettled moment in the Church of England.” Last week, the Bishop of London ordered an investigation into the so called “marriage” between two gay priests who exchanged rings and vows at St.Bartholomew church. Fittall believes the issue of women being ordained as bishops in the church and gay priests will dominate the summer meeting.

There are those who strongly oppose these changes and have threatened to take action if they occur. Stephen Parkinson, director of Forward in Faith, is concerned the feelings of those who are against these changes is not heard. “We do not want to leave but the church is not dong enough to accomodate us.”

A decade ago the religious wars revolved around ways to attract more people to enter church but today the issues revolve around those who currently are in the church. Ironically, as institutions such as the Church of England divide over these issues, other religions are growing in strength.

Clinton Train Chugs Along And Won’t Stop!

The Hillary Clinton train, like the proverbial little train in the children’s story, simply will not cease moving in her relentless desire to become the party’s nominee for president. She won a smashing victory in Kentucky while Obama readily gained a victory in Oregon resulting in his possession of at least a majority of delegates who have been elected in primary contests. Exit polls revealed a significant number of Clinton voters openly expressed their desire to vote for a white person and indicated they would not vote for a black candidate. This marks a hardening of belief by those who support Hillary Clinton and who will not vote for any other Democratic candidate.

There is little question Hillary Clinton by prolonging the primary season has either deliberately or inadvertently made racism an important factor in the presidential race. She has engendered among many female supporters a belief that somehow the contest is one in which males are trying to prevent women from gaining high public office. For some reason, logical minded women now insist voting for Senator John McCain is a blow for women’s rights even though he opposes abortion and has never done anything to further the cause of women.

The Clinton train will not reach its destination but may run smack into the opposing Obama train which would result in a train wreck that will destroy attempts for America to take a new destination that is free of war and in which human rights prevail. Ironically, the woman who is supposedly leading the fight for female gender equity might well seriously damage this cause by allowing John McCain to gain victory and then appoint conservative judges to the Supreme Court who will end a woman’s right to abortion or to equity in pay and jobs.

Nepal’s Revolution Leaves Female Abuse Untouched!

The Maoist movement has gained electoral power in Nepal and will, most probably, force the King to exit the stage of power. But, lost in the revolutionary developments within Nepal is the story of a society in which some estimates believe about 95% of women are victims of political, economic and domestic violence. Among the most oppressed female groups are the women who belong to the Dalit minority. Some studies indicate less than 10% are literate and the drop out rate in school for girls is extremely high. They continue to be caught in caste roles of being submissive and prevented from entering many occupations.

The Maoist revolution offers Nepal woman an interestng opportunity to assert their rights and to demand equal treatment in all aspects of society ranging from jobs to places in school. There is need for new legislation to ensure women can not be physically abused, and that slots in business and schooling be set aside for women. It might also be necessary to set aside seats in parliament for female candidates in order to break the historic cycle of female submission and powerlessness.

Kuwait Female Civil Rights An Issue

Kuwait University Professor Dr. Khalifa Alhamida told a reporter, “Sometimes discrimination is needed in society.” He justified qotas aHt Kuwait Unversity which require hgher GPAs for women than men since women now constitute two-thirds of university enrollment. It is common for many Kuwait men to travel abroad in search of education while few women take advantage of that opportunity. Some advocates of female quotas argue their society needs more male leadership so imposing higher standards for women essentially helps the entire nation.

The Kuwait legislature has been debating, but not taking action on, a Woman’s lw which would grant extensive rights to women such as allowing them to pass on Kuwait citizenship to children, and monetary support for those remaining home caring for children

Saudi Arabia Enters The 17th Century With Female Hotel

The Saudi Arabian government is determined to hold back the clock of time and maintain its outdated ideas about the role of women in modern life. The kingdom has opened it’s first hotel exclusively for women and it will be women owned and operated. The Luthan Hotel’s execuive director, Lorraine Coutinho, exclaimed: “Inside this physical structure, we are all women. We even have bell-women. We are women-owned, women-managed and women-run from our IT engineer to our electrical engineer. This is meeting a very big demand. There are women’s hotels all over the world from Berlin to the United States.” The hotel and spa is owned by a group of Suadi princesses and businesswomen but it was left to seven princes headed by Sultan bin Salman to officially inaugarate the hotel.

The few female journalists who attended the opening were struck by the reality it was men who dominated the opening ceremonies and one whispered the comment: “You know what they’re saying about this place, that it’s the hotel for lesbians.”

Yes, there are female only hotels and spas in many nations, but women in those countries can drive cars and gain access to all occpuations. The reason for such an hotel is to further separation of women from the mainstream of male dominated society, not to assist the fight fo women rights.

Japanese Women Key To Demographic Crunch

During a EU-Japan journalist conference held in Kyoto by the Delegation of European Commission to Japan, dozens of journalists explored ways to dealing with Japan’s demographic issues which are leading the nation towards a future in which by 2050 there will only be 50 million people in the nation instead of its current 127 million. European speakers noted the EU has been much more successful in utilizing women than Japan. Its employment rate goals for women is that at least 70% should be in the workforce by 2010 and that Finland, Denmark and France which have higher birth rates than other EU nations have achieved a “work-life balance” by increasing flelxibility in the way workers take time off and by improving child-care services.

Despite the presence of highly educated women in Japan they continual encountering work prejudice and their advancement is blocked by male prejudice. Another factor is refusal on the part of Japanese men to assist in child rearing or house work. Most figures suggest the typical Japanese male devotes only 48 minutes a day helping with housework or child care. Japan presently ranks 54th out of 93 nations in its gender empowerement measure index according to UN figures.

A Japanese journalist at the conference noted his newspaper attempted to hire more female reporters only to encounter a storm of protest from men. A central issue is that women are being asked to choose between work and family resulting in millions opting for work at the expense of the birth rate. If Japan refuses to make changes to assist women at work with their child-rearing issues, its birth rate will continue declining and eventually only a handful of people will be left on the island. One can only assume at that point, Japanese reporters will only be too glad to have female associates.

New Turkish Program To Curb Domestic Violence Against Women

Nimet Cubukcu, Turkey’s Minister in charge of women’s affairs, says domestic violence is a key issue in her nation. Since October, half of the 1,244 women who requested safe haven at the Mor Cati Women Shelter Association were fleeing from domestic violence issues. Ms. Cubukcu believes an important problem is the misuse of religion and culture to justify abusing women on grounds of “honor” which invariably means men’s feelings being angered. Besir Atalay, Minister of the Interior and Ms. Cubukcu are initiating a new program to train about 40,000 Turkish police in strategies of dealing with domestic violence.

As Ms. Cubukcu correctly points out, domestic violence is not a “Muslim issue,” it is one found in virtually all religions in the world. There are men who will justify violent behavior on religious or cultural grounds in just about any religion.