State Department’s Hollow Statement on Violence Against Women
Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has “penned” a statement on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW), November 25.
It is a noble-sounding reaffirmation of this nation’s commitment “to defending the rights of women and girls (emphasis mine) to live free from violence.”
While sexual harassment of women and girls is not specifically mentioned, a sexual transgression against a 14-year-old girl, no matter when or where it happened, certainly qualifies as an act of violence against women.
When the Secretary of State’s boss – the president of the United States — not only ignores such serious accusations against a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, but in effect endorses an accused child molester for that seat purely for maintaining political power and control, such a declaration by our State Department is not only ill-timed but sounds mighty hollow and hypocritical.
Let the reader decide for himself/herself:
In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) on November 25 and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the United States reaffirms its commitment to defending the rights of women and girls to live free from violence.
IDEVAW and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to focus global attention on the scourge of violence against women, including child and forced marriage, domestic violence, and all forms of human trafficking. We know that violence against women and girls undermines global peace and security. It weakens the social fabric that binds families and communities together and prevents countries from achieving social stability and economic development.
Nearly two decades after the United Nations General Assembly established IDEVAW, we continue to recognize that violence against women remains a persistent threat and an obstacle to achieving women’s equality. The United States is especially alarmed by violent extremist groups’ use of violence against women as a tactic of terror to suppress women, recruit terrorists, and stigmatize communities. We denounce terrorist organizations’ use of forced conscription, sexual exploitation, and abuse, including sex trafficking of women and girls.
The United States will never waver in its support for women’s equality. In partnership with governments, international organizations, and civil society around the world, we will continue to work to end violence against women and girls globally and to ensure that women and girls have equal rights and opportunities. On IDEVAW and throughout the 16 Days of Activism, we call on all governments to join us in our shared responsibility to end violence against women.
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