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tabatha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 06:47 PM
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Women And The Arab Spring "It is matter of universal human rights."


Women in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya played a frontline role in bringing down entrenched dictatorships. And now they are eager to reap the rewards of full political participation in their respective countries. "However," said Melanne Verveer, U.S. Amassador-at-large for Global Women's Issues, "there are actors in these societies who clearly intend, and even often vocally express their desire, to push women back. Some claim the West is trying to impose its values on the Arab people by promoting women's rights, but this is neither a Western issue, nor an Arab issue, nor a religious issue. It is matter of universal human rights."
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Women in Libya played a critical role in the country's liberation. There are small but very active groups of women across the country who expect to take their place in the leadership of the new Libya. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laid out the United States' clear expectation for the full participation of women in the transition.

In an effort to empower women in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, the United States is supporting leadership skills training for women. These skills are critical if women are to take their rightful place in these transitioning societies. As President Barack Obama noted, "No country can realize its potential if half its population cannot reach theirs."

http://www.voanews.com/policy/editorials/Women-And-The-Arab-Spring-133748958.html
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 06:53 PM
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1. Yeah, they should emulate our leadership...
If our leadership was so fucking great we wouldn't need OWS.

We are in a fine place to tell others how to do leadership. :eyes:

The nation with the highest incarceration rate on the planet is going to tell others how to run their affairs.

What could possibly go wrong?
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libinnyandia Donating Member (526 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 07:43 PM
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2. At least the women in America aren't total second class citizens
Edited on Sat Nov-12-11 07:45 PM by libinnyandia
except in the minds of certain groups here that have strikingly similars views on women as compared to the religious fundamentalists over there.
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 07:52 PM
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3. You mean the ones that want to shrink government down til it can fit in a uterus?
Even here in the US women haven't had the right to vote for a century yet..
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Shandris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 07:53 PM
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4. Observe the potential downsides of pure democracy in action.
Let us hope that a majority of the people over there support women's rights. It hasn't been a vocal majority in the past, but maybe there is enough quiet sentiment to help propel the cause forward.
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RainDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 07:53 PM
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5. k&r n/t
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 08:52 PM
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6. K&R
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