Today is “La Festa Della Donna” and it’s a new thing to me. I would venture to say it’s unknown to most American women, as well. The idea of being honored by my favorite Italian man brought a smile to my face this morning……..a nice way to start a sunny day…….it’s a romantic notion whereby Italian men tell you how wonderful you are and bring you the first yellow mimosa of the season.
They are supposed to do this for all of the important women in their life. I like that!
Then I learned more about it and realized that this is International Women’s Day all over the world and that the United States has yet to sign onto a global treaty vowing to end discrimination against women. What? Back-up. This has been on the down-low for sure. If American women even knew about this then I am absolutely sure that it would’ve been signed a long time ago.
The International Herald Tribune reports that since the adoption of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women by the U.N. General Assembly in 1979, the United States is one of the last holdouts to sign it. The others being Sudan, Somalia, Qatar, Iran, Nauru, Palau and Tonga. And we thought we were the enlightened society!
Critics seem to think it’s a useless treaty that will erode abortion rights and legalize prostitution. I don’t get the connection for either of those positions since I think think abortion rights will be protected if we end discrimination and I also don’t think there’s anything wrong with legalized prostitution. As we all know, prostitution is the oldest profession in the world, next to politics, and well, they go hand in hand, don’t they? Literally and figuratively.
Sure, CEDAW might not have any political teeth, but is there any harm in supporting the abolition of discrimination against women? President Obama has four strong women living with him – a wife, 2 daughters and a mother-in-law (oiy – that’s fodder for another blog). Doesn’t he want his daughters to grow up in a society where they are truly equal to men? He blazed trails – why not a female President next?
To all my fellow women – tante auguri a te!
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