There are things in this world that just make me sigh, shake my head in wonder. This world of ours is filled with such wonders such beauty and then there is the other side of the coin.
I am just reading our newspaper the Winnipeg Free Press, an article by Mia Rabson. Her article is titled: Why should women fight assault alone?
What an excellent and thought provoking question. My info here comes from her article.
International Women’s Day was last week. There was a large meeting at the U.N. to discuss the status of women. Here is a direct quote from the article: “according to the head of the U.N.’s Commission on the status of Women, 40 per cent of women will be raped, beaten , abused or mutilated in their lifetime. In some countries, the figure edges upwards of 70 per cent. And one in three girls born in developing countries are destined to become child brides.”
Reading that just blew my mind. It leaves me feeling stunned or something. How could this be happening? Now I am not naive and have known this is a problem but to this extent. I am speechless.
Apparently last year at this annual meeting on the status of women, Canada made a suggestion that wasn’t warmly received. We are putting a lot into programs teaching women how to protect themselves, avoiding bad situations, how to get out of bad situations…….. That is all wonderful and should continue. Canada’s suggestion was that we should be also looking into something directed towards teaching men basically not to be abusers. now to me at a quick glance that idea sounds crazy. I mean shouldn’t just plain old common sense tell men that. Obviously that level of common sense is absent in a larger than I imagined per centage of the male population. This year Canada made that same recommendation and it has been much more warmly received. I am not sure what sort of programs can be developed through this but I certainly wish them every success.
I may have said this before (memory guy) but I really do believe no MAN has ever abused a woman. For that you have to understand my definition of a man. A man will respect, protect and support all females. Simple as that, no exceptions for any reason. Sadly, society seems to recognize a male as being a man based simply on age and size, neither of which qualify a male as being a man. The world seems to be full of over aged, over sized delinquent bullies masquerading as men but they are not. Comments thoughts please. Can you tell I am fired up?