It’s International Women’s Day

Not that you’d notice reading  major US or British newspapers, at least not the ones I just checked.

Still, Huffington post has a short column from the NATO secretary-general, who points out that instability and the disenfranchisement of women go hand-in-hand.  This theme is also picked up by this clip from NATO:

Democracy Now has a depressing piece on the USA’s record in failing to ratify the UN’s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.  Of course, the fact that the treaty requires that countries allow reproductive freedom is a huge political stumbling block here.  From this perspective, the USA’s isolationism looks more entrenched than many of us were hoping.  Well, thanks, you-know-who, for solidifying our turn against the UN.  (Hint:  last name begins with “B”.)

(Corrected; thanks to Matt.)

6 thoughts on “It’s International Women’s Day

  1. In Chile, they celebrate International Woman’s Day, but it has degenerated from a day of marches and protests into a day where one is supposed to give a rose to one’s secretary.

  2. Amos, that’s so sweet!!

    More seriously, one has to wonder if there isn’t some somewhat systematic effort to turn serious issues into fluff. Conspiracy theories provide explanations that really are too easy. However, they are tempting.

  3. BTW, Amos, you mentioned a very serious loss you experienced in a comment on an earlier post. I’ve frequently thought back to that and wish I’d responded right then. I was very sorry to hear of it.

  4. I believe that International Women’s day started with socialist and communists, in the US, ironically enough (like the May Day version of Labor day) but was then mostly celebrated in communist countries. But in those countries it too became the functional equivalent of valentine’s day, and is mostly a day for giving flowers and going out to dinner or celebrating with one’s wife or girlfriend. (That’s actually what I did with my wife, who is Russian, today- we, thankfully, don’t really celebrate valentine’s day but celebrate women’s day instead. Men got what used to be “Red Army Day” and became “defenders of the fatherland day”, though it’s not as universally applicable as it was in a time of a much more universal military service.)

    (The article is by the NATO secretary-general, but I wonder if the post here isn’t about the UN, not NATO, the military alliance- I’m pretty sure the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women is a UN thing, not a NATO thing, as NATO is pretty much a military alliance and nothing else.)

  5. Matt, thanks for catching my slip – not sure how I managed that mistake, which I’m correcting!

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