I was one of the people around the world who signed a petition to nominate Malala Yousafzai for the Nobel peace prize. Malala is a young Pakistani girl who fights for the rights of girls to have an education in her country. This brave young girl was shot in the head by the Taliban because of her efforts. Bob Rae Ontario Member of Parliament has put in the nomination for this brave young girl. Tarek Fatah, the petition founder urges all Canadian politicians to nominate Malala for the Nobel peace prize.
Kristin Rowe Finkbeiner makes some good points in her article in the Huffington post. She basically says that Obama and Romney are talking about gender issues which is good, but the gender issues they are looking at is gender issues oversees. “While many politicians stand ready to support the stabilizing impact and economic importance of gender equality overseas; too often those same politicians turn their backs on gender equality policies here at home.”
Romney noted in the last debate that gender equality was a way that the US could push back terrorism. Yet Romney has not addressed the” key women’s gender equality policies like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act.” “The Paycheck Fairness Act was first introduced by the 111th Congress in 2009 (S. 182 and H.R. 12) to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, and for other purposes.”
The Global Gender Gap Report “provides a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities around the world. The index benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education- and health-based criteria and provides country rankings that allow for effective comparison across regions and income groups and over time.”
According to Finkbeiner, the United States ranks 22 in the list of 135 countries in regards to addressing gender issues. For example, women only make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. She goes on to say how the US lags behind 150 countries in paid maternity/paternity/family leave from work. She also notes how the views of the politicians of the US are not truly addressing rape issues, one of the basic women’s issues. Time and again rape issues have been overlooked or minimized. Richard Murdock stated, “Even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, it is something that God intended to happen.” Governor Romney maintains his endorsement of Mourdock even after this recent statement — and, as on the fair pay issue, Governor Romney remained silent.
On the other hand, President Obama has endorsed fair pay act amendments. The rape issue still seems to be fuzzy as some women like Finkbeiner don’t quite understand his stance on the issue.