For John, BLUF: Read the whole article, it agrees with you. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Too many feminists in the West are reluctant to condemn cultural practices that clearly harm women.The source is The Daily Beast and the author is Ms Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who knows of what she speaks.
Here is the lede plus three:
Wednesday is International Women’s Day, and the organizers of the Women’s March are holding another protest. This one is called A Day Without a Woman, in solidarity with those women who have lower wages and experience greater inequalities.Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
The protest encourages women to take the day off work, avoid shopping other than in small women- and minority-owned stores, and wear red.
The problems being protested against Wednesday—inequality, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity—are all too real for many disadvantaged women, but the legal protections for them are in place here in the United States. Women who are unfairly treated at work or discriminated against can stand up, speak out, protest in the streets, and take legal action. Not so for many women in other parts of the world for whom the hashtag #daywithoutawoman is all too apt.
Around the world women are subjected to “honor violence” and lack legal protections and access to health and social services. According to Amnesty International’s recent annual report, throughout the Middle East and North Africa, women and girls are denied equal status with men in law and are subject to gender-based violence, including sexual violence and killings perpetrated in the name of “honor.”
Regards — Cliff