I just viewed a PSA done by the actor, Antonio Banderas for the United Nations 'Stop Violence Against Women Campaign'. Well over half of the world's female population have been raped, beaten, murdered, or abused in some fashion. That is a shocking fact. And, let's face it. The abusers are and always have been men.
The paradigm of male dominance entrenched itself about 10,000 years ago when humans began to live in permanent communities dependent on agriculture for survival. The strongest males began to specialize as warriors. Culture evolved with women relegated to 'doormat' status. Religion reinforced the male dominant paradigm. Christians, Muslims, Jews; whatever the brand, religion was shaped by men, for men. Human history reflects endless conflict and bloodshed as one group of men worked for advantage over another.
More recently, in western culture, women have made strides, but there is still a long way to go where equal opportunity and wage parity are concerned. In the US, women still make about 20% less than men doing the same job, and there is still a problem with some men behaving abusively toward women.
In other cultures, it remains far worse. In too many places, women continue to be little more than the property of men, abused, denied opportunity or access to education, oppressed in so many ways. Cultural and religious dogma in Africa, the Middle East, and some parts of Asia and Latin America, work together to keep men dominant and women subservient.
This must change. We must evolve our global human society to a place where women are equal to men in all ways. Women are entitled to the same respect as men. They are entitled to live free of and without fear of violence. They are entitled to equal access to education and the same opportunity to achieve their full potential. They are entitled to dream and experience joy, and to be all that they can be,
Every man should want such a world for women. They are our mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends. I want that, and Antonio Banderas wants that.
I've been a fan of Antonio Banderas the actor ever since he became Zorro in the movies. Now, even more, I admire Antonio Banderas the man, and outspoken champion for women.
Here is Antonio Banderas speaking out for the world's women...ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3fyoHFuFgQ