Comments on: International Women’s Day and the global financial crisis Wed, 16 Nov 2016 01:37:11 +0000 hourly 1 By: Darwina Wed, 11 Mar 2009 16:42:36 +0000 Sam, perhaps you should look towards the root of the problem; namely, our current economic system. Perhaps there is a reason why this drive for equality originated in socialism of the working class?

Capitalism and the patriarchy are both organs of the same oppressive and hegemonic social structure that we live in.

Investment in war generally occurs for purely strategic economic reasons; using racial tensions, religion and many other differences as a vehicle to acquire popular support.

Only until we dismantle this apparatus of oppression can we ever hope to achieve any kind of peace, or freedom from prejudice and discrimination.

How can anyone claim to support equality in any form whilst denying the most significant tenet of egalitarianism – property and wealth.

Clara Zetkin would be sickened by your organization endorsement from global corporations.

Only until you free yourself from the shackles of our socio-economic structure can you hope to free others.

By: renee Wed, 11 Mar 2009 03:06:06 +0000 War does not support women, children, or the environment; in fact, war destroys all three.

War is all about how societies socialize men/boys to be violent, bullies, loud and disrespectful of other people’s space in life in general. Women/girls are socialized to be passive observers in the world: there, it’s said! War is man-made. Women, however wise not to enter war, still do not speak up loudly enough against war. Mothers cry when their sons come home in coffins from Iraq and yet it is those same mothers (and fathers) who encourage their sons to join the military. See a cycle? How come parents do not see this cycle? How come parents wish their sons go into the military but do not want to open their eyes and realize these sons will go to the Middle East only to kill other people’s children and parents?

Why are parents not in an uproar about war? Complacency. Dollars speak. How we (U.S.) spend tax-payers money is a very clear and direct example (?) of what we value – violence and destruction, particularly in other countries, where the people do not look like Americans. (Ethnicity is huge in war. When was the last time America attacked England, Canada or Australia?)

There are many issues to war.

To Trevor: war is NOT about protecting women and children. That’s crap. That’s ridiculous! How about all the innocent people in the middle East who have been displaced (4-5 million) because of the U.S. military? Aren’t there women and children there? How is the U.S. military, mostly male, protecting Iraqi women and children. Your argument is self-righteous and self-congratulatory. Are you patting yourself on the back for being male?

How about the 5-8 million in Darfur and The Congo whose villages have been burned down and who suffer relocation into IDP camps, torture, rape, starvation, dehydration, disease, etc. all due to MEN commiting war upon others?

Wake up, world. The U.S. is guilty of socializing males and encouraging males to be violent, as a whole, except for the incredibly wiser men and boys who do not like violence. How come Martin Luther King and Gandhi are so praised? Were they violent? No! The braver man is the one who refuses to do harm to others. Is this about women and children? No. Did King and Gandhi talk about women and children much? No. Their vision was bigger; it contained all of us and was based on greater spiritual truths….beyond gender……


By: Jeanette Mon, 09 Mar 2009 18:28:40 +0000 It is shocking to see the amount of money spent on arms. What is worse is that these figures rarely get reported in the news media.

By: Trevor Reid Sun, 08 Mar 2009 14:12:08 +0000 U.S. defense spending protects many women and children. Count it among the spending of institutions supporting women’s issues not against it. We must be lovers of peace, not haters of war.