Women Deliver. How About Men?
May 24th, 2013
Next week in Kuala Lumpur thousands of people from around the world will gather for the third global Women Deliver conference (May 28-30). The participants will include government leaders, policymakers, healthcare professionals, reporters, and nonprofit leaders. Their goal, which is as urgent as it is worthy, is to promote the health, rights, and empowerment of girls and women.
Most of the participants will be women. That’s not surprising: Who else knows more about the crucial importance of empowering girls and women than women? But it is disappointing. And it is also a reflection of how far we still have to go in achieving full gender equality.
Around the world women are delivering…in every conceivable way. In addition to delivering children, girls and women are doing more than their fair share to make the world a better place. And they ‘deliver’ in many cases despite physical abuse and impossible odds.
What many, if not most, girls and women in the world do not have is a fair chance to succeed, and until they are better protected from sexual violence and coercion, they will never have that fair chance.
This week in Malaysia, where the conference is being held, a 40-year old man, who was recently charged with raping a 13-year old girl, told the court this week that he is now married to the girl. The Malaysian Attorney General and Malaysian Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development are urging that the man still be convicted of statutory rape. It is unclear though whether the prosecutors will proceed with the case.
To read the full article, please click here: http://blog.populationinstitute.org/2013/05/24/women-deliver-how-about-men/
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