The True Champions of Women’s Rights

The True Champions of Women’s Rights

It is so reassuring to see that women in the first world have solved all of the important problems of the world.

At least, that’s what I can assume, since I read that Hamilton College (located in upstate New York), which has a “Womyn’s Center” (no, that is not a typo on my part), is hosting an event celebrating… the female orgasm.

No, I am not joking.

So, the “womyn” of Hamilton College have tackled all the other major issues of the day to their satisfaction, and now that they have done so, they are going to focus on their sex lives.  Because this is what female empowerment is all about (taken from their Facebook page):

Whether you want to learn how to have your first orgasm, how to have better ones, or how to help your girlfriend, Maggie and Marshall cover it all with lots of humor, plenty of honesty, and an underlying message of sexual health and women’s empowerment.  Are you coming?

In other parts of the world, women’s empowerment looks quite different.  In fact, it has gotten three brave women killed in Afghanistan.  Their names were Islam Bibi, Shah Bibi, and Nigara (who went by one name).  And what were they doing, in the name of women’s rights, which got them killed?

They dared to be police officers.

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Third Lieutenant Islam Bibi (pictured above, right) was shot and killed in July of this year.  She was a seven-year police veteran in Helmand Province, who had been threatened with death three times by her own brother, but refused to quit.  She was shot and killed on her way to work.  Sergeant Shah Bibi, also a police officer in Helmand Province, was also murdered in July, while out shopping.  Shah Bibi’s husband was also a police officer, who was also killed earlier in the line of duty.  Islam Bibi was a mother of seven.  Shah Bibi left behind four children.

Taking over Islam Bibi’s job was Second Lieutenant Nigara, who declared that she would not be intimidated into leaving her position.

“I am receiving threats on a daily basis,” she said. “The smugglers and terrorists are threatening me, saying I should give up, but I tell them that I am an Afghan woman, and I won’t leave the job as long as there is blood in my veins.”

Lt. Nigara was assassinated while waiting for a bus to take her to work on September 16th.

Less than 1% of Afghanistan’s police force is made up of women.  They have reported (anonymously, of course) that they are routinely harassed and victims of sexual violence, even from their male police colleagues.  And as the United States and other western countries continue to withdraw from Afghanistan, it is terribly disheartening to see that all the time and effort we have spent in that country still has not changed it much, if at all, for women.

Equally disheartening are narcissistic western “womyn” who preach about women’s rights and women’s empowerment who completely ignore the plight of women in other countries, because they are too busy trying to figure out how to have the perfect orgasm.

Remember the names of Lt. Islam Bibi, Sgt. Shah Bibi, and Lt. Nigara.  Remember that they died trying to live as a woman in a culture and a country that would rather see them dead than try to serve as a police officer.  They are the ones, and those other women whose names we don’t know who live to serve another day, who are truly fighting the good fight for women’s rights.

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  • Merle says:

    When I worked at a shipyard one of the young recently graduated “womyn” engineer was determined to go to our branch office in Saudi Arabia and “straighten them out”. Luckily for her she didn’t go or you would have another name for that list.

    Merle

  • Jodi Giddings says:

    Excellent post, Deanna. The real war on women is not here
    in the United States. I’m weary of the whining women who think their lives are so hard, and that they are so repressed. Take a trip to the ME, ladies, then tell me how tough your lives are.

  • Miriam says:

    I’ve been, and am, very concerned about the women in Afghanistan. Now, what can I do? The George Bush Foundation has a major focus on the women of Afghanistan, and money sent to that is always appreciated. But what can I do here?

    • Deanna Fisher says:

      Hi Miriam,

      I did a little investigating. What we can do here, other than give financial support to charities, is quite limited, since most Western charities are not sending volunteer workers to Afghanistan because of safety concerns. I would suggest that you contact an organization that shares your interests and goals. In doing some research, I came across two charities that look like they are doing some good in Afghanistan – The Afghan Women’s Mission (www.afghanwomensmission.org) and Help the Afghan Children (www.helptheafghanchildren.org). Please research ANY charity thoroughly (via Charity Navigator or any other charity accountability site) to make sure that you are comfortable with their goals and how they spend their money before you commit to donating.

      But one of the things that each charity stresses is that word must get out about the plight of women in Afghanistan. Social media makes sharing information even easier. When stories like these come to light, we have to spread the word. I know that doesn’t seem like much. It would be easier to do something – knit a blanket, send a care package, bake cookies, give of ourselves in some other way than just money. Perhaps you can investigate to see if there is an Afghan community near where you live who would accept your time and help. But with the current political realities, we are limited in what help we can offer.

      Your passion and compassion is deeply touching. Thank you for taking the time to comment!

  • Miriam says:

    Hi Deanna: thanks so much for the suggestions. I’ll get on it. I have donated to the projects for women being run by Spirit of America. I’m not a social media person, but I can do stuff. I’m very happy at you for writing about the women of Afghanistan. Need more such articles.
    Keep the faith.
    Miriam

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