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.