You Are Not Equal. I’m Sorry.
Dina Leygerman

There is a lot of comparing going on in this article…you may want to dig a little deeper for some clarity.

“You are still worse off if you are a gay woman, a transgender woman. You are still harassed, belittled, dehumanized.”

Hey, why not try…SINGAPORE…

One in 10 women in Singapore said they have experienced physical violence by a male at some point in their lives, and almost three quarters of the women reporting abuse said they weren’t likely to report this to the authorities.

AWARE aims to change attitudes about rape and sexual assault in Singapore, much like the global Slutwalk movement that launched its Singapore chapter in 2011. AWARE’s survey found that 13% of men between 18 to 29 think that women who are raped often “ask for it,” and 21% in the same age group believe that women often say “no” to sex when they mean “yes.”

AWARE also hopes to change gender stereotypes in the city-state, particularly concerning family roles and responsibilities. Of those between 18 to 29, 58% of men think that women should take care of household chores and care-giving, but only 38% of women in the same age group believe this.

Right now, one in ten women in Singapore report experiencing physical or sexual violence.

Despite passing the Prevention of Human Trafficking Act (PHTA) as recently as November last year, Singapore has and continues to show vulnerability to human trafficking. Due to its economic stature as an Asian powerhouse and its strategic location in Southeast Asia, Singapore has unwittingly found itself as a destination country for trafficked humans, with women especially at risk of sex trafficking and labour trafficking.

Trafficking ensnares millions of women and girls in modern-day slavery. Women and girls represent 55 per cent of the estimated 20.9 million victims of forced labour worldwide, and 98 per cent of the estimated 4.5 million forced into sexual exploitation.

Singapore is not safe so long as the government condones homophobia…against gay men and WOMEN.

Also- the police are already over-stretched. In 2014, then Police Commissioner Ng Joo Hee said that we needed another 1,000 police officers to give the force “much needed strategic depth”.

That was in 2014, when the threat of terrorist attacks wasn’t as imminent. Now, with the threat of terrorist attacks “at the highest level in recent times“, it would be extremely naive to think that the police force alone can provide all our security needs.

“Iceland has the highest number of women CEOs”

But such rules cover only board seats, and only at listed firms. Visit a typical Nordic company headquarters and you will notice something striking among the standing desks and modernist furniture: the senior managers are still mostly men, and most of the women are PAs. The egalitarian flame that burns so brightly at the bottom of society splutters at the top of business. The WEF ranked Denmark 72nd in terms of the gender gap among senior managers and officials. There may be more women sitting round the table at board meetings, but the person who runs the show is almost always a man.

First, Nordic women may suffer lower earnings later in their careers because generous maternity leave encourages them to take long breaks to raise children earlier on, when male competitors are gaining valuable experience.

Overall, then, policies that reduce the gender gap for the mass of workers may be increasing it at the upper levels of management. Ms Smith calculates that in Denmark and Sweden the gap between men and women at the upper end of the pay scale has actually increased in recent decades.

“The United States ranks at 45 for women’s equality. Behind Rwanda, Cuba…”


There’s just one problem: Even though Rwanda is arguably the most pro-woman country in the world, feminism is not seen as a good thing. In fact, it’s something of a dirty word.

In high school, Mireille found that teachers and students took for granted that the head of a club should be a boy. When she would stand up in front of her class and ask, “Why can’t the head be a girl?” they would tell her, “That’s for Americans. You’re trying to be an American.”

Being “American” was shorthand for being too aggressive, too liberated, too selfish. The message was clear: You’re doing this for yourself, not for the good of your country. “They’d say, ‘You don’t belong in Rwanda,’ “ Mireille recalls. “ ‘You don’t even belong in Africa!’ “

When empowerment ends at the front door

Justine Uvuza wondered that, and decided to find out. A Rwandan herself who had grown up in a refugee camp in Uganda and then moved back to Rwanda in 1994, after the genocide, she worked for a while for the Kagame government promoting Rwanda’s pro-women policies. She was curious how much progress had been made. So when she was getting her Ph.D. at Newcastle University, she returned to Rwanda to interview female politicians about their lives — not just their public positions but their private lives, with their husbands and children. She found with rare exception that no matter how powerful these women were in public, that power didn’t extend into their own homes.

“One told me how her husband expected her to make sure that his shoes were polished, the water was put in the bathroom for him, his clothes were ironed,” Justine says. And this husband wanted not only his shoes laid out in the morning, but his socks placed on top of the shoes. And he wanted it done by his wife, the parliamentarian.

Justine heard countless stories like this — women were still expected to perform even ceremonial domestic duties. It was rarely an option to outsource such tasks to a maid or get your husband to shoulder more work at home. Some women feared violence from their husbands if they didn’t comply with these expectations, and one said that she had felt so trapped, she had contemplated suicide.


Despite the changes that occurred officially after the revolution in regards to gender, the culture of machismo, so common in many Latin American countries, is very much alive and well. For example, women are the ones expected to keep house and cook meals. Even if she has a full-time job as a doctor in which she spends all day at the hospital, she is still expected to maintain a clean home (especially difficult because it has to be done without many of the modern tools that we use in the United States), do laundry (oftentimes without even a washing machine), cook good meals (which requires trips to multiple different markets to obtain the required ingredients), and, if necessary, care for the children. At the same time that the woman is doing this, men are allowed to relax and enjoy a beer with their friends. As far as power dynamics go, the machismo mentality ensures that men receive the upper hand. All you have to do is walk down the street to see machismo at work. Catcalls, or piropos, and other forms of (non-physical) sexual harassment are unavoidable for women, even on a five-minute walk. This culture of machismo is deeply embedded in Cuban society and indicative of deeper, institutionalized gender inequalities as well. 
 In actuality, employed women in Cuba do not hold positions of power — either political or monetary. The Cuban Congress, although elected by the people, is not the political body that truly calls the shots. The Cuban Communist Party — only about 7 percent of which is made up of women — holds true political power. Markedly, the systems of evaluating gender equality in other countries around the world aren’t universally applicable, as women are much less represented in the true governing body of Cuba than we are led to believe. In addition, the professions that are usually synonymous with monetary wealth and the power and access that come with it (doctors, professors, etc.) do not yield the same financial reward here. Doctors and professors are technically state-employed and, therefore, earn the standard state wage of about $30 per month.

Estonia may be doing some things well but it is also the overdose capital of Europe.

New Zealand

Despite the existence of legislation and social campaigns targeting the reduction of various forms of violence against women, women in New Zealand face high levels of domestic and sexual violence.

“You are still being abused by your husband, by your boyfriend. You’re still being murdered by your partners. Being beaten by your soulmate.” SADLY THIS GOES BOTH WAYS…

“You are still objectified. You are still catcalled. You are still sexualized. You are still told you’re too skinny or you’re too fat. You’re still told you’re too old or too young. You’re applauded when you “age gracefully.” You’re still told men age “better.”

Ha! Who supports the left…Hollywood- one of the biggest offenders of objectification & exploitation on the planet. As for age…just look at the age difference between most leading men and women- give me a break.

Also, one of the most vocal members of the women’s march were Madonna and Ashlee Judd. Madonna in the not too distant past offered BlwJ’bs to anyone in her audience if they’d vote for Clinton.


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