Friday, July 9, 2010

While I think the title may be a little inflammatory....

I think Pelle Billing may have a bit of a point.

It would seem that the UN has decided to unite four previously separate organizations, the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI), and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) into a single entity called UN Women.

Slated to get a starting budget of $500 million and to be headed by a to be determined person appointed by UN's Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this new entity looks like it will become a driving force in help women and girls throughout the world. Asha-Rose Migiro, the Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, says:
"UN Women will give women and girls the strong, unified voice they deserve on the world stage. I look forward to seeing this new entity up and running so that we - women and men - can move forward together in our endeavor to achieve the goals of equality, development and peace for all women and girls, everywhere."


Sounds good right? Sounds like good things happening for people who need help right? I think so to. So now that that this organization seems to be getting underway can we get around to finally acting like women and girls are the not only people in the world that need help?

Now notice I said that they are not the only ones. I am NOT trying to advocate taking away any of that help that's about to be going their way because they could use it. What I am saying is that why in the world to these issues so often get played up as if they are only happening to women and girls?

I'm all for helping everyone but for some reason it just seems like instead of seeing actual efforts to help everyone what I see are efforts that are set aside for women and girls only wrapped up in a promise that it will by osmosis help everyone else (everyone else being men and boys). Yes as a part of the population helping women/girls does improve the odds for everyone but should be used as a greenlight to just pass over men/boys with the belief that help will eventually get to them.

6 comments:

David K. said...

So now that that this organization seems to be getting underway can we get around to finally acting like women and girls are the only people in the world that need help?

I'm not sure that they are the ONLY people in the world that need help, but certainly in most countries, most of the time, women are the ones whose conditions of life suffer because of their sex - that is because they are women, rather than poor/sick/disabled/powerless/un-free...

I'm all for helping everyone but for some reason it just seems like instead of seeing actual efforts to help everyone what I see are efforts that are set aside for women and girls only wrapped up in a promise that it will by osmosis help everyone else (everyone else being men and boys).
Possibly you don't see it because you believe misandry is as large a problem (quantitatively) as misogyny? In any case, this would only be a really sensible criticism if there were no other UN Agencies which dealt with problems facing both men and women and had much bigger budgets; but there are, so it isn't.

Danny said...

"Possibly you don't see it because you believe misandry is as large a problem (quantitatively) as misogyny?"
Trying to figure out which is a larger problem quantitatively is a waste of time since even if you could answer that question that would not help in fixing the individual metrics. In fact by going around saying the women have worse you end up with situations like we have now in which people try to actively dismiss male suffering.

"In any case, this would only be a really sensible criticism if there were no other UN Agencies which dealt with problems facing both men and women and had much bigger budgets; but there are, so it isn't."
Such as? Look what I'm saying here is that for some reason its almost taboo for someone to just help men/boys for any thing that doesn't involve blaming them first.

elementary_watson said...

finally acting like women and girls are the only people in the world that need help?

There is a "not" lacking in front of "only" (the not you reference in your next sentence).

Danny said...

Thanks. Fixed.

Lana said...

Men already are catered for under "human rights" (as opposed to "women's rights")

Danny said...

If that were true then why do people try to actively down play the things that harm men? If that were true they would actually be addressed but instead many things that men have to deal with are just coming to light after ages of people pretending they are not there or not realizing they are there.

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