Tuesday, September 14, 2010

On the history of women rights movement in the US

Today the program started with boring statements about the why, how and what the program is about and how are the great leaders how participated in the program, it is note worthy to say that the late president Anwar el Sadat and the current prime minister Ahmed Nazeef participated in this program.
That was followed with a more boring session, the presenter literally read the whole program , although we have it in Arabic and in English, then that was followed by the first lecture by Daniela Koraim, director of women and law program in the American university in Washington, she gave us insights about the women rights and feminist in the US. She talked about the first wave and the suffrage movements and she elaborated on certain dilemma like the two different trends calling for equal treatment for women and other calling for special treatment for women then she continued and she discussed the current challenges facing women rights movement .
she tried to be objective and not to present the American model as the best case scenario as might claim, I did not like that they are OK with the fact that the US did not sign the Convention of Elimination of All forms of Discrimination, which the women rights bill adopted in 1979 by the United Nations and it sets the broad lines from the states to promote and protect women rights.
After I heard her lecture, I felt that the system is failing women, how come the free contract of appointment leave it in the hands of employer to allow women to get paid maternity leave or not, why although abortion is legal in the 50 states but still the states can restrict the women access to abortion and women are victims of game of politics and economic system in the US and as well in other countries
What I heard from affirmed my belief that patriarchy is universal and women struggle is a very long way to go

an end note : i hate that the feminism history is dated according to the history of American feminist movement, others were feminist too in the same time or even earlier , that's a note from an Egyptian feminist 

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