Brutality against girls, women global concern
The Kansas City Star
People pushing for women’s rights can point to Pakistan, Afghanistan and India as examples of how women face unequal and brutal treatment worldwide.
Fifteen-year-old Malala Yousufzai was shot in the head for insisting in Pakistan that girls should be able to get an education. Miraculously she survived the attack, but will have to live in Britain.
Women activists have faced similar violence and threats of violence in Afghanistan and other countries. In India, a 23-year-old woman died after being gang raped Dec. 16 on a bus in New Delhi.
Similar attacks against women take place in the U.S. and in other countries as the lives of women too often are undervalued compared with men. That can’t continue.
Advocates must again push for the ratification of the U.N. treaty on the rights of women particularly in the United States as a starting point toward change.