The December 10 is observed as international human rights day throughout the world. Every one has a reason to mark it but I find millions of reasons not to. My reasons are valid. This patriarchal society has done everything to exploit this Eve even when it was not her mistake. The Eve that lives in abject deprivation and suffers on all counts. Where from I start. My pen is rolling tears. I feel as if it is created for a misuse and an abuse.
Combatants and their sympathizers in conflicts, such as those in Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Rwanda, have raped women as a weapon of war with near complete impunity. Men in every nook and corner of the world beat women in the home, while their governments refuse to intervene to protect women and punish their batterers. The supermarkets are opened for Eve to be bought and sold, trafficked to work and forced to prostitution, with insufficient government attention to protect their rights and punish the traffickers. Women's ability to enter and remain in the work force is obstructed by private employers. Mexico's maquiladora is a good example that women working there are routinely subjected to pregnancy tests before being hired. In some cases employees question women about their sexual activities, when they last menstruated and whether they used contraception. If women became pregnant, managers attempt to create such conditions, which compel them to resign. Since this Eve is desperate to keep job, she tolerates discriminatory treatment. Under article 26 of the ICCPR, all people are entitled to equal treatment before the law regardless of sex. Article 2 of the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW) condemns all forms of discrimination against women, particularly in the field of employment. Discriminatory pregnancy based practices are also a violation to right to privacy. But these international and many national domestic laws come no way to guard her rights in the so called welfare states.
Abuses against women are systematic. They are widely tolerated, if not explicitly condoned. Violence and discrimination against women are global. We live in a world in which women do not have basic control over what happens to their bodies. Women are unable to depend on the government to protect them from physical violence in the home, with sometimes fatal consequences, including increased risk of HIV/AIDS infection. Women in state custody face sexual assault by their jailers. Husbands and other male family members obstruct or dictate women's access to reproductive health care. Doctors and government officials disproportionately target women from disadvantaged or marginalized communities for coercive family planning policies. These coercive measures are in a way creating a dependency syndrome in women and their avant-garde cult is disheartened.
The very concept of human rights will be incomplete if women are not given the share they deserve. This day must create a consciousness in society so that the Eve's daughter does not suffer more.
(Mina Tabasum is a student at GMC Srinagar)