June 30, 2018 · 3:54 pm
Emphatically – Word of the Day
Cheryl Wudunn speaks at TED on Half the Sky. Wudunn is co-author with husband Nicholas Kristof of the book Half The Sky Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide and they are founders of the Half The Sky Movement .
Wudunn, an experienced journalist and the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer-Prize, has written powerfully about the plight of women and girls in the world today as a result of modern slavery and sex trafficking. Sex trafficking is insidious, and other forms of slavery equally so. There are a number of harrowing documentaries and movies that deal with the subject, the testimony before the US Senate by Ashton Kutcher is brief, graphic and disturbing, as well as passionate. Often conservative groups point the finger at the porn industry, and while I have no doubt it goes on under cover, I beleive that the real culprits are organised crime, prostitution (especially where drugs are used to create an indebtedness), and predominantly – countries whose laws are lax or where such crime can be easily hidden, even encouraged.
Wudunn points out that though there may some closeness in the ideal of male/female being 50/50 in the world, it not true that power and security for women is equal. There are many fact books and expose docos available, but fewer resources on what can actually be done, Half the Sky is one such resource.
The other resource is men! If men don’t add their voice to this critical issue then we simply accede to the status quo, and we are not owning that there is a problem. What clothing labels do you buy, how do you behave at home, at work, how do you treat women? We cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that men are directly responsible for trafficking, the evidence is there, but those who stay quiet or turn away are also part of the problem.
Wudunn encourages everyone to do something about this issue, to firstly become aware, then to take action, even if that is only contributing to charitable work, lobbying, writing, whatever you can do – then do it. But do not do nothing! To quote Edmund Burke (or was it Charles Aked?) again: “The only thing necesary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (I’m going to leave that gender specific). There’s always more we can do, must do!
sweet, sweet cherry
the bees will enable us
fruit for all the world
Filed under Haiku, life, mindfulness, quote, Trafficking
Tagged as Cheryl Wudunn, crime, Emphatic, Emphatically, Half The Sky, men, modern slavery, Nicholas Kristof, sex trafficking, women
February 14, 2018 · 2:55 pm
via Daily Prompt: Suspicious
One of Orwell’s famous lines in ‘1984’ “Big Brother is watching you” is the classic ‘art imitating life’ become life itself in a macabre twist.
Fear rules, and in several of our recent federal advertising campaigns, citizens were urged to report anything suspicious to the authorities. All aimed at refugee and imigrant groups, well let’s be honest, Muslims, and their behaviour, because you never know when they might try to enact a terrorist attack. Which reminds me – out of the eight supposedly terrorist incidents reported here in the media, three were found to have substance, and two tragically lead to death (notably, mental ilness was the significant factor and not religion or politics, and certainly not “terrorism”).
Minimizing crime and destruction is a good thing, but there will always be places where you can’t get a clear CCTV picture, or where the dots in an investigation can’t be joined. We have beome focussed on eradicating threat, and in essence we are really trying to nulify death itself, we are pop-insurance junkies. Yes, prevention is a positive ideal, but it isn’t a guarantee or a cure all.
My concern is that we are losing our focus. Feeding suspicion is divisive and destructive in its own way. We need to check our suspicion, what is the driving fear, the motive? Who is driving it? Who stands to gain?
Instead we need to build trust not division. Besides, a trusting community will be stronger than a suspicious community; it will develop an oppenness, a trust, respect and strong bonds, compassion and cooperation, and it will develop resiliance, so that when tragedy does occur, there is a strength to face it together, and not in fear.
Filed under community, life, Philosophy/Theology, politics
Tagged as '1984', CCTV, compassion, crime, fear, Orwell, resilience, respect, strength, suspicion, Suspicious, threat, trust
November 1, 2017 · 2:32 pm
via Daily Prompt: Mystery
Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, or perhaps Jo Nesbo, Camila Lackberg, or Fred Vargas. All writers in the genre of crime and mystery. Or the mystery of religious or cultic rites, mysteries which captivate the heart as well as the mind, leading to mystagogy or initiation into the mysteries themselves.
Then there’s the mystery of the odd sock in the washing basket (conspiracy theories abound), the missing spoon from the set, or the missing piece of the Monopoly game (standard across my circle).
Then there’s the mystery of trees, eucalypts, in a rugged landscape, clinging to life on a rock face, stunted, but undaunted, determined. Perhaps not a true mystery, but mysterious enough for me. There’s litte soil in those cracks, there’s little water, but there they are, trees growing in the rock. Now there’s a mystery.