Women’s month highlights achievements of females and ongoing gender bias

Womens' rights means all girls are free to live normal lives in a safe and exploitation free environment.

Rights of women means we win the war. We overcome. We are stronger than the Alpha male because we are the reproducers.”

March has for decades been designated as the month to celebrate women. The International Women’s Day (also known as Women’s Rights Day), March 8, began in 1909 as female factory workers fought for better working conditions and pay. The National Women’s History Month has been in effect since 1978 to foster recognition of women’s accomplishments. These designated seasons stand as beacons of hope that the voices of the female population are being heard.

Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment is the theme for the 2012 Women’s History Month. Females now outnumber males in American colleges, and great progress has been made in the area of women’s rights in many countries. Women around the globe have greater access to education at all levels, career opportunities in areas formerly exclusive to men, and political and decision-making power.

However, Women’s Month also becomes a searchlight exposing the venues of darkness, inequity and loss of freedom that millions of females still endure daily. One enormous area of gender discrimination of our day is human trafficking, of which sex slavery is the biggest piece. Worldwide, an estimated 27 million people are trafficking victims, with 70 percent entrapped in the sex trades. Each one endures physical deprivation and beatings, long hours of work, emotional coercion and degradation, and all manner of sexual defilement so someone else can profit financially. Eighty percent of these oppressed ones are women and 50 percent are children.

Women’s rights include some additions to the body of human rights, specifically the rights:

  • To bodily integrity and autonomy
  • To vote (suffrage)
  • To hold public office
  • To work
  • To fair wages or equal pay
  • To own property
  • To education
  • To serve in the military or be conscripted
  • To enter into legal contracts
  • To have marital, parental and religious rights.

The epidemic numbers of girls who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation have had their rights violated in nearly every area. They are held in hostage-like scenarios and are closely controlled in all they do. They have no freedom to live normal lives, and even when they get out of the “game”, they are often treated by society as second-class citizens or worse. Often the laws criminalize the children who have been victimized (usually females) and are lax or non-existent for the perpetrators (usually males).

Gender discrimination and gender bias are still strongly operating in the United States, and girls feel it, as evidenced in part by the reactive stances survivors of sex trafficking express. The following are comments about Women’s Month and women’s rights from teen girls at StreetLightUSA who are in their recovery process:

You don’t have to depend on no man or woman. I can have my own stuff, a job and a car. I will be living for myself and be financially stable with a stability I created.”

Rights of women means we win the war. We overcome. We are stronger than the Alpha male because we are the reproducers.”

“We have the right to not have a man tell us what to do. Men could not survive without us. Women bring life and peace and make the world turn around.”

We may be used and abused, but at the end of the day, we have something they (the men) want.”

I want money, power and control. I want to be on top (in my profession)—not just some ordinary girl.

The road to health and wholeness after being a sex trafficking victim is long and arduous. When the rights of one person are demolished through enslavement, coercion, and demeaning behaviors, incredible damage is done to the psyche. A host of resources and healthy, compassionate people are needed to restore the individual’s dignity and hope. Awareness of personal rights and empowerment to walk in them can help move a young girl from a despairing victim to successful, confident woman.

Women’s month highlights achievements of females and ongoing gender bias – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com.

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