Women Issues – Report from UN on Women’s Rights

Women are being raped, murdered, mutilated and their reproductive organs gauged out of them in places like Republic of Congo, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, and Rwanda. In these places, women are being gang raped with impunity from their respective governments or rebel forces. Domestic violence is becoming prevalent in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Peru, and Uzbekistan. In these countries men subject their women to repeated physical and mental harassments, which will equate to torture in an developed society, yet these men continue to do so with little or no government intervention and when questioned hid behind their religion or culture.

From the countries in South America, war-ravaged Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia, the trafficking of women (starting girls as young as 10) for prostitution, brothels and dance bars is on the rise and often conducted by organized crime. The government machinery has full knowledge of these acts but chooses to do nothing about it or does to little because of extreme poverty in these countries. Most of the time the parents itself sell their girl child willingly for money. In the Middle East, a few governments still deny the basic rights for women. They can take women’s rights out of their hands and place them in the hands of their male citizens, who turn to domination and control of helpless females and treat them as slaves.

Throughout the history of human kind, these kinds of abuses against women have been persistent. They have also become more organized, yet people prefer to turn a blind eye. These harassments and discriminations have become a social cancer that has survived for generations, slowly destroying womankind even to this day. The international watchdog on women’s human rights is doing everything they can to identify and raise awareness of these acts.

In today’s world, while humankind praises itself for making huge progress in the fields of science, technology and social reforms, we should remind ourselves that millions of women still do not have rightful control over their lives. Men must remind themselves that women are still forced into prostitution or to marry someone they do not like. The fate of imprisoned women is worse in the developing countries where complaints about excessive pat-downs, the use of force, and the denial of visits from relatives simply because they refuse to have sex with the male guards are still rampant. Governments in these places also wrongfully target women for family planning policies to get their population under control.

Women’s human rights watch groups are fighting an uphill battle against these sidelining and inhuman activities by addressing the issues of equal rights, gender wage gap, and getting women to access credit machinery. The unity of all women, activists, and non-governmental organizations is required to fight this quiet global struggle. The ultimate goal of this mission is to make the lives of millions of women better by stopping discrimination and giving equal rights to women.

Women Issues – The Financial Risks Faced By Women

Many women risk being too financially dependent on others. Getting a job and earning money is not the solution to this risk. Women need to be clear with their partners as to who makes the financial decisions. They also have to play an active role in taking financial decisions. She must know what happens to the money she contributes to the household and how the retirement money is being invested. She should track the money allocated to savings, debt payment, and the net worth of her movable and immovable assets. This knowledge can be very useful especially when something unforeseen happens. Knowing where you money is or if you have enough money solves financial problems faster and saves both you and your partner a lot of needless stress and frustration. Being financially independent to a degree also helps you attain financial independence, so it is important for every woman to find out how much she is financially worth, as well as the net worth of her assets and liabilities.

When this question was asked to many women on a survey, the answer usually was “my husband takes care of it” or “I am not sure.” The truth is majority of them do not know how much percentage of the assets they own. They should make it their priority to find out whether the asset allocation is at least equal to the money they contribute. Sadly, most women do not find out about this until this risk hits them hard in various forms such as divorce, hospital bills, the death of the spouse or some unforeseen event. The asset imbalance can be easily identified and corrected by calculating how much you earn versus your expenditures and by identifying what happens to the surplus or deficit.

In case you have to go through a divorce, or are abandoned by your spouse, the above-mentioned point will become a huge factor in this situation. This scenario becomes more complex if there are any children in the union. This worst-case scenario has to be played out in the minds every woman. Be aware that number of divorces filed keeps increasing every year in America. Being financially independent and knowing your asset allocation will ease the pain of going through a divorce and will help you rightfully retain your money. It will also help you get you back on your feet quickly and can tide you over with your children for a while. Knowing your financial worth may not help you with the emotional pain of going through a divorce, but it will surely ease the financial pain. It is suggested that you must have ready access to at least 5,000 to 10,000 dollars before you decide to file for a separation.

You must also understand your insurance policies and investments. This will make more sense on the stages of retirement and old age, or when you are unable to work for extended period due to illness or accident, or in case of a divorce. A large number of American women face this risk today. Instead of having money sitting in the bank, why not let it work for you and earn more money? There are many safe investment options out there. In addition, women have to make sure that they have enough health insurance in case of accidents or children’s unforeseen expenses.

In conclusion, these scenarios are not meant to scare you and but to make women all over consider their options and use them wisely so that the transition during the tough times is as manageable as possible.