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Beijing Platform for Action. Chapter IV. D. Violence Against Women – Paragraph 115


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): The Good Men Project

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/12/14

115. Acts of violence against women also include forced sterilization and forced abortion, coercive/forced use of contraceptives, female infanticide and prenatal sex selection.

Beijing Declaration (1995)

The violent acts perpetrated on women remain an important source of the problems set forth in the world. These produce a form of trauma and long-term suffering and degeneracy within societies without remedial programs to try and correct the course that the bad actions have put forward into the future.

Violence against women retains its particular inherent problematic status with the ways in women remain subject to physical, psychological, and sexual forms of violence. In particular, the forms that can be seen around reproductive health systems.

There has been a long and ignoble history in the world with the forced sterilization of women. There have also been the forced abortions of women. All in the service of the men, the family, the community, the religion, or the state, and often multiple of these referents at the same time.

The idea of women as fundamentally the property of the men in their lives remains one of the defining characteristics of the world in which we inhabit, where we can, if reading carefully or even not, the signifiers of the world around us or the religious texts in our midst the notion of women as lesser than or, in fact, property.

The modern contraceptives are part and parcel of the family planning movements of the world. But we can also see the pushback from several sectors and organizations throughout the world, too.

The coercive or forced use of contraceptives fails to see women as fully autonomous human beings worth equal consideration and rights, including the right to autonomy over their own body.

In addition, if we look at several cultures around the world, we can note the general reflection of the misogynistic impulse rather pervasive in the air – so to speak: simply reflect, observe, and analyze.

Cultures around the world and right into the present day harbor misogynistic aspects or facets to their cultures through the preference for sons to carry on the family honor and name and, thus, enact sex-selective infanticide.

This also connects to prenatal sex selection, where this amounts to a serious form of reduced status of women and girls as women and girls; they are not as useful to the overarching functionary roles assumed for them within the society and, therefore, get weeded out, in an environmental forced choice, by parents and society in the form of female infanticide and prenatal sex selection.

This happens by the millions right into the current period, which means the idea of a post-sexist world is not true in the starkest possible terms at the earliest stages of the life of a female. Most of the falsehoods will continue their march, but the truth will, more or less, remain and the rest will fall by the wayside in the end; the question for the current crop of individuals within this country and around the world is to query whether they want to be part of the move towards more equality or back towards the swamp of prejudice, bigotry towards and ownership of women whether through the force of the state or the whip of fundamentalist religion now.

–(Updated 2018-11-10) One can find similar statements in other documents, conventions, declarations and so on, with the subsequent statements of equality or women’s rights:

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Led by: Scott Douglas JacobsenTo the socio-political Right, a disclaimer; to the socio-political Left, a trigger warning: the subject matter may be disturbing or triggering for some listeners, speakers, or call members. The statistics on international violence against women is disproportionately more than violence against men. In turn, there is violence against women committed by women against women but more often by men against women. It is the statistical difference, which is the basis for the international emphasis on violence against women in multiple spheres rather than localized differences. Wednesday morning, we will speak on violence against women for one hour or so.


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