Today is International Women’s Day! Celebrate Ladies Worldwide, While Remembering the Millions Victimized and Marginalized.

Today is one of the most important, and frequently ignored, “international” holidays in the world. I am proud that my daughter’s birth country, Kazakhstan (with whom she shares dual citizenship) has made International Women’s Day a national holiday.

On this day, let us pause and give serious thought to the atrocities suffered by millions of women  every minute of every day in our modern, “civilized” world–barbaric acts such as human traffiking, arranged and forced marriages, and group rapes–too often ignored for political reasons by government officials.
Rather than give lip service to this often-overlooked holiday or simply pat ourselves on the back for wishing a female a “Happy Holiday,” why don’t each of us take a pledge, not only to celebrate the many societal contributions by women, but also to take some step, however small, to stamp out the evils that bring great suffering to millions of women throughout the world? I am including below some links to worthwhile organizations whose missions include stopping human trafficking, domestic abuse and other important actions to make the world a safer place for women, as well as websites that describe the atrocities facing women today (WARNING–Some of the descriptions and images are not for the faint of heart.)
In conclusion, please celebrate this wonderful international holiday by showing appreciatin and kindness to the women who have made a difference in your life or the life of someone dear to you, however insignicant, but also do not forget the millios of women victimized and marginalized throughout the world simply because of their gender.

THE DEPLORABLE ACT OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Our “enlightened” modern society remains as barbaric as ever.

The deplorable, dehumanizing human-trafficking enterprise and the language used in discussing its eradication makes my skin crawl. Discussing these women, brutally raped and beaten each day, as a “reusable commodity” as opposed to drug traffickers whose “commodity” (illegal drugs) is finite (one can only smoke a joint once) shows you how barbaric our “modern society” remains. The article  (taken from The International Business Times), linked below, is certainly worth a read. I find it just slightly ironic that an agency whose purpose is to create, test and produce high level, cutting edge technology to help the USA defeat its opponents in war has created a system that may help the USA prevail on a vastly different battleground and against an atypical foe–Human Traffickers.