The globalization of women’s issues has garnered widespread support for a global society where women fully participate in international affairs. People believe women’s rights are an issue pertinent only to countries where religion is law; however, gender inequality remains an issue for all societies and cultures. Women have limited access to education, political representation and freedom of speech. In some countries, women live without the freedom to make personal choices related to their health and lifestyle. Particularly in extreme patriarchal societies, men treat women as objects of enslavement and disregard the necessity of women in a functioning community. Moreover, violence against women has become an issue at the forefront of U.N. Women’s agenda. Millions of women are battered, raped, or abused by the men in their community; nonetheless, in many cultures, women are revered and held with the utmost respect. Increasingly, people realize that the global community cannot continue communication and ignore the circumstances of many women who live in violence. As seen in the most recent publicized crime against a young lady in India who was brutally raped, women and men in India continue to protest for stronger laws to create a safer environment for women and girls. Despite the creation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, a treaty that highlights the necessities of a state that ensures equal opportunities for women, many countries have not ratified the treaty such as the United States.
As more of these crimes against women become newspaper headlines, women, who are fortunate enough to live in safer communities, need to step forward to represent the voiceless women living under oppression. Without women speaking out about these issues, the global community will not understand the extent of the discrimination against innocent women. Women have basic needs and deserve equal rights just as any man would. Just as women cannot exist without men, men cannot exist without women. As we make steps toward a peaceful cooperative global community, we need women to be involved in political, economic and social discussion in order to find a compromise between the multitude of perspectives that exist today. The globalization of women issues indicates that women have leveraged their leadership opportunities and used their influence to speak out against the constant oppression of women. The activism for women issues will open doors for young women who have lost opportunities to pursue their goals in male dominated fields. As a young woman, I want to pursue my interests in international relations and be given access to the same opportunities as my male counterpart. Women have the capability to lead and empower people to address the issues complicating international relationships and with the right support and position, one woman can create change.
To address all the conflicts related to women issues is a difficult task for the one international organization. I suggest that UN Women create a program specific to each conflict in order to designate individuals who will address the issue directly. These individuals would advocate for issues such as violence against women and workplace policies abroad by working with state organizations that request assistance. In addition, I recommend for organizations that address women’s issues to implement programs that teach young women and men about the gender gap and young women specifically about their role as females who can advocate for political and social awareness of women’s rights.
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