International Women’s Day

La casa no descansa en la tierra sino en la mujer. (The house does not rest on the ground, but upon a woman.)

Mexican proverb

Sunday GuadeloupeInternational Women’s Day is celebrated globally to honor the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. The first International Women’s Day event took place in 1911 in Europe. Today the day is a national holiday in China, Armenia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. It’s ironic that Moldova, which has one of the highest rates of trafficking in women for sex, celebrates the day as a national holiday.

The song One Woman, which is being released today, was written for UN Women (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) to celebrate its mission and work to improve women’s lives around the world. This year International Women’s Day focuses on ending violence against women — a human rights violation that affects up to 7 in 10 women and is a top priority for UN Women.

A blog that provides support to victims of domestic abuse:  The Last Straw.

Disabled Woman Kidnapped and Murdered in San Miguel

Nancy Miriam Valenzuela of San Miguel, a 29-year old woman with speech and hearing disabilities, went missing 18 February while walking her dog in El Centro. Her body was discovered 2 March wrapped in a tarp; she had a gunshot wound to the head. Her body was found beside a dirt road that leads to Montecillo de Nieto.

VAWA – Violence Against Women Act

Later this year my high school class will host a reunion, a significant milestone marker. Of course I’ve been thinking back to those days. One type of person I had difficulty with was the person who opposed something, but then took credit when that something came into being. Someone like Michele Bachmann who opposed VAWA yet who now takes credit for its passage. One of her spokespeople was quoted by the Daily KOS:

Rep. Bachmann recognizes the importance of giving local law enforcement and nonprofit programs the resources they need to fight against domestic violence and sexual assault, which is why she supported the stronger House version of the Violence Against Women Act.

Except that she favored the WEAKER House version that the President said he would not sign. She did not vote for passage of the stronger Senate version of the Act. The bill that Rep. Bachmann favored did NOT contain the following:

  • Protections for LGBT victims of abuse
  • Grant authority to Tribal courts in certain domestic violence cases
  • The SAFER Act, which helps law enforcement address a backlog in untested rape kits
  • Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, which targets human trafficking

It did, however, include new eligibility restrictions for U visas for abused immigrant women.

Other members of her sorority include Representatives Tim Griffin (Arkansas), Steve King (Iowa), Vicky Hartzler (Missouri), and Tim Walberg (Michigan). Thanks to Kaili Joy Gray at Daily KOS for revealing the doublespeak.

Nina Simone – Four Women

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