Equal Gender Rights Shouldn't Be Defined as a Feminist Issue
Edelsteini, Jean, The Independent on Sunday (London, England)
We've come a long way since 1911, when the then-home secretary force-fed imprisoned suffragettes whose dedication to the cause of female enfranchisement was so profound they were willing to put their lives on the line for it.
To British women today, our gender is not supposed to be an issue; although we may worry about things like work-life balances, gender pay gaps, and sexual harassment in the workplace, in general we are secure in the knowledge that we are legally entitled to have equivalent experiences to those had by the male population.
But while we may take International Women's Day as an opportunity to celebrate women's achievements, we must reflect upon whether we have accomplished enough.
Endemic violence against women persists in the UK, and our justice system is poorly equipped to deal with it. Prosecuted rape cases (far fewer than the number of assaults actually reported) still hover at around five per cent, with victims essentially considered guilty until proven innocent. Workplace discrimination remains a constant struggle, although it may now be more subtle than before. …