This is what a victim of misogyny looks like
Within the past 24 hours Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been meeting with some of the world’s most recognised misogynists, yet she is thousands of kilometres away from Federal Parliament and Tony Abbott is not in sight.
In a glaring example of hypocrisy, days after playing the political gender-card and lambasting the Federal Opposition Leader in an attack on his so-called ‘attitude towards women’, Prime Minister Gillard has met with people that jail rape victims and uphold laws to oppress women’s rights, without publicly raising the subject at all.
She was in Afghanistan, a nation where Australian leaders have a legitimate right to interfere, because Australians are dying to help them and our taxpayer-provided dollars are funding them. While Australian politicians from both political sides promote our involvement in Afghanistan as bringing freedom to their people, their own government creates a culture of slavery and oppression towards women and we say and do nothing.
Last year I wrote an article for Brisbane’s Courier Mail about the case of Gulnaz, a young Afghan woman who spent two years in jail for the crime of adultery after being raped.
Let’s be clear – this young girl was the victim of the rape, not the perpetrator. That any culture can allow a girl to be thrown in jail for being the victim of a violent crime is unconscionable.
That Australia continues to fund this government and allow our troops to be killed defending such warped priorities, is a crime against humanity.
Where was Julia Gillard’s ‘badass’ speech when a teenage rape victim was in jail? I’m sure she knew about this case and I am positive she cared. But why did she stay so silent? The world could have benefited by her voice at that time.
In my prior article I wrote the following, which still holds true today:
If we are fighting for freedom what does freedom look like? It is clear no politician in Canberra can answer that. It is equally obvious that both the Federal Government and the Opposition would rather keep their heads firmly stuck in the sand than admit our military operation in Afghanistan has led us to compromise our principles and sanction a way of life that should repulse us.
Anyone who is not convinced that Australia - along with other nations funding and supporting the Afghan regime - has sold-out our values should take note of a media release issued recently by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.
The AIHRC is extremely concerned about the increase of violence against women, arbitrary punishments, and their summary trials, particularly the increase of honour killing and rape cases in the country.
Rape and honour killing are among the crimes that have substantially increased and have caused concern, turning to a widespread problem in the Afghan society, adding to the number of its victims each day. Women and young girls have been the victims of these crimes. Cases of murder and sexual assaults are kept hidden and are not reported to authorities.
This increase has been allowed under the current Afghan Government, led by the same leaders our Prime Minister was sharing drinks with yesterday. Domestic violence against women in Afghanistan makes up around 90 per cent of the country’s violent crimes, yet offenders rarely face trial.
The Afghan Government not only refuses to further women’s rights but continues to actively oppress them, as was shown by the 2009 passing of a law allowing men to deny their wives food if they refuse sexual demands.
Prime Minister Gillard can continue to play political games and score cheap points by playing the gender-card in the Australian Parliament for cynical political gain. Let’s be honest, most Australians don’t expect anything more from politicians.
But if she really wants to be a badass and advance the cause of women worldwide, she’d use her power, platform and ability to take a real stand and tell the Afghan Government – and the world – that Australia will no longer fight for freedom unless freedom is for all.
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