8/28/2013

Empowering The World's Excluded and Violated

Women of the world are still suffering from exclusion, discrimination and violence in economic, social, religious and political spheres. There is no place in the world where full gender equality exist.It is about time we wake up and change the institutionalized discrimination against women. See how simple 'Peace Huts' are building strength among women against cultural habit of violence against women. Can similar Peace Huts be designed here in the US? The Hotline.Org says: Nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime. (48.4% and 48.8%, respectively). 




"Violence is never ever a choice, a man should make" - says Sir Patrick Steward, 72 year old British actor working to end violence against women. When a young woman attending Comicpalooza in Houston rose to thank actor Patrick Stewart for a 2009 speech he gave about domestic violence Stewart launched into an eloquent discussion. He spoke of the abuse his mother suffered at the hands of his father, and his work for 'Refuge' and A Million Men's Pledge to be proactively non-violent (my wording)
Things to know to address violence against women in India and the great opportunity for change in mass consciousness now.

"The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves."

Was Buddha, the first male founder of a major world philosophy and religion, the first 'feminist'? "we must be careful how we use the word ‘feminist’. If we understand feminism to mean a compassionate understanding of the special kinds of suffering endured by women, and a positive effort to redress such suffering, then the Buddha was the first feminist!" - Bhikkhu Ajahn Sujato, former Abbot of Santi Forest Monastery, Australia.