Women's Rights: the struggle that remains in force

Dia de la mujer
  • EFE

On March 8, the International Women's Day was celebrated, an auspicious date to raise the flags of the spaces conquered by women politically and socially, as part of their struggle for gender equality. It is a day that is also used to call for the reduction of the persistent gender wage in the world, rejection of domestic violence, sexual harassment and make visible the attacks against many women.

This year they made themselves felt in the world to demand respect and equality.

In India, survivors of acid attacks by their husbands or relatives showed their disfigured faces to commemorate Women's Day. The Supreme Court of that country ordered to regulate the sale of acid and a compensation for victims of $ 5,000, an amount regarded by many as insufficient, since they claimed that this amount cannot cover treatment and operations to recover the victims’ faces. They also claimed that the aggressor should be imprisoned, and the government should be responsible for medical expenses.

Also in Istanbul, under the slogan "You will never walk alone", a peaceful demonstration was staged against gender violence and sexual abuse. The event was held in Besiktas, where women present reported that in 2017, a group of 409 women were killed by men. They reject government authorities to classify the 2012 law on gender-based violence as a measure that "destroys home." (EFE)

In Mexico women also demonstrated against male violence. Women toured the streets of the capital against this recurrent crime in Latin America. According to UN figures, just in 2016, 2,746 feminicides were registered in Mexico and more than 23,800 in the last decade, according to data published in El País. Women also demand a reduction in the wage gap between men and women, claiming that men earn 17% more than them. They also ask for recognition of domestic work.

Figures raise red flags in Colombia and Russia

In Colombia, a report from the Faculty of Law of Universidad Libre revealed that in 2018 at least 3,014 cases of gender-based violence against women were registered in Colombia, an average of 50 per day. According to the information published in El Espectador, "only 3 out of 10 cases of gender violence are reported due to fear". The document also notes that the most affected women are those whose ages range from 20 to 29 years, with 1,295 complaints, although 81 minors also reported having been mistreated by their partners, the report said.

Russia, did not arise to reject domestic violence, Women's Day was spent oblivious to the global demands to enforce the rights of women. In February 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin decriminalized domestic violence. This bill promoted by the Kremlin only considers assaults as an offense when marks are left and the person involved repeats the action in one year, which may result in administrative sanctions. For many human rights activists, this legal instrument represented a step backwards in the fight against gender equality. In 2008, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia reported that between 12,000 and 14,000 women are killed every year by their male couples in this country.

Leaders join the fight against gender violence

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, considered by Forbes Magazine as the most powerful woman in the world, spoke on the International Women's Day. According to the newspaper El País, the official released videos to raise awareness about the struggle for equal rights. "Women want to take responsibility in all fields, in companies, in family, in politics," said the chancelor.

British Prime Minister Theresa May reaffirmed her commitment to reform the law against gender violence, saying that she is determined to "end suffering", as reported by a platform published by the newspaper "The Guardian".

May, considered by Forbes magazine as the second most powerful woman in the world, said that the new British legislation on this matter will bring "the changes needed" to curb gender-based violence, stating that "In 2016 and 2017, 82 women and 13 men were killed in the UK by a partner or former partner," she said in The Guardian.


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