06 July 2010

All People Matter

At the official level of global politics, it is now recognised, at least on paper, that all people matter equally. But what does equality really mean? Perhaps there are too many empty words in grand documents, with their publication having little bearing on the realities of people's lives.

For example, will the new United Nations structure for the empowerment of women make any noticeable difference? If all people matter, why do so many of us often feel powerless and oppressed and/or overworked, underpaid and undervalued?

Even the simplest demographic analysis of violent crime makes it obvious that far more men than women cause suffering in the world, even though many men want peace and justice just as much as many women do. How, then, should we approach the task of creating a better, fairer, safer world, for everyone?

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