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The Wild West of Self -Regulation

on 08/16/2015 - 11:26 pm

by Quenby Wilcox
They say that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. -- Unfortunately, this appears to be the state of affairs in countries across the globe – with all too little being done to address the underlying problems.
My blog, Empowering Women to Empower Themselves, brought up the issue of self-regulation (or rather the lack thereof) in the judiciary. The failure of ‘self-regulation’ in the legal profession, for decades on end, has created a ‘Wild West’ in the courts, where it is the outlaws and bandits who ‘rule the roost’; and where women and children are nothing more than commodities, sold to the highest bidder.
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A Question of Fair Play, Ethics & Daring to Differ

on 08/16/2015 - 10:53 pm

by Quenby Wilcox
Under the direction of its Managing Director Christine Lagarde, the IMF has focused substantially on the effect empowering women has on a country's economy in recent years. A study just released by the IMF, Fair Play: More Equal Laws Boost Female Labor Force Participation, found "that restrictions on women's rights to inheritance and property, as well as legal impediments to undertaking economic activities such as opening a bank account or freely pursuing a profession, are strongly associated with larger gender gaps in labor force participation... The results from this study suggest that it would be beneficial to level the playing field by removing obstacles that ...

Vital Lies, Simple Truths and Judicial Independence

on 08/16/2015 - 10:41 pm

by Quenby Wilcox
In the global battle to end domestic violence, governments are ‘rationalizing’ unbridled discrimination against women and corruption in court systems with the argument that judicial actors are ‘protected’ and ‘immune from sanctions’ under the principle of ‘judicial independence’ (or ‘sovereignty/federalism’ in the case of the American government and Gonzales vs. USA, 2011).
But, these arguments, from a purely logical stand-point, have no validity or substance, and are nothing more than gobbledygook of on-the-fence, do-nothing bureaucrats. As Daniel Goleman explains in Vital Lies, Simple Truths “one of t ...

Empowering Women to Empower Themselves

on 08/16/2015 - 10:11 pm

by Quenby Wilcox
Every time I turn around, I encounter another organization that is dedicated to ‘Empowering’ women. But, when one starts to scratch the surface, moving beyond the rhetoric, it is clear that very few understand, and much less address, the harsh realities women face into today’s world.
Since one of the most widespread and pervasive factors ‘disempowering’ women today (and why we, in turn, need to be ‘empowered’) are family divorce courts. If anyone really wanted to ‘empower’ women, their first step would be to take draconian actions against the judicial actors who are creating rampant corruption and chaos in the cour ...

Just Sweep It Under the Carpet

on 08/16/2015 - 09:38 pm

by Quenby Wilcox
About a month ago, the world woke up to yet another out-break of violence, this time in Paris. And, as was their intention, the terrorists were successful in stirring-up hatred and tension around the world.    
Unfortunately, as violence and civil unrest in countries around the world escalates, so do the cries for militant action and government intervention from right-wing extremists. The problem with these two ‘solutions’ are that in the long-run they produce militant-police states and government programs riffed with bureaucratic negligence, inefficiencies and incompetence – exacerbating the extremism and violence already rampant in t ...

Will All the Kings’ Horses, and All the Kings’ Men Put Humpty Together Again?

on 08/16/2015 - 09:18 pm

by Quenby Wilcox
On December 15th, the world once again woke-up to news headlines of a crazed gunman wreaking havoc on a local community, with officials classifying it “an act of terrorism.” Then as is all too often the case, stories leaked out that the perpetrator was facing charges as an accessory in his wife’s murder, and 40 counts of sexual assault.
How many more times does the world need to witness these violent attacks on civilian populations before governments ‘wake-up and smell the coffee’? What will it take for these ‘ostriches in high places’ to realize that the rampant civil unrest brewing within even the most ‘stable’ c ...

It’s Time to Stop Playing Ostrich

on 08/16/2015 - 09:06 pm

by Quenby Wilcox
Many years ago, an Indian friend of mine told me her husband could say “I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you,” take her children and throw her out onto the street with nothing. At the time, I thought “how horrible to live in a society where women have no rights” – not realizing that this was her reality, as much as mine own.
In the past decades, women’s rights laws have changed in countries around the world, with almost everyone becoming signatories to the CEDAW, as well as passing a myriad of gender-equality laws. However, because lawyers across the globe have been slow, hard-pressed, and even refusing to further women&rsquo ...

Because it Is in My Nature – said the Scorpion to the Frog

on 08/16/2015 - 08:51 pm

by Quenby Wilcox
My last blog, Equality Is Only an Illusionary Fairy-Tale touched on the refusal of government authorities to assure integrity, transparency and accountability within the courts – claiming that discriminatory, and even illegal actions, of judicial actors are “protected by judicial independence,” and “judicial prerogative.”   
Not only is this contention ridiculous, but it is dangerous. As Victoria Jennett states in The Relationship between Human Rights and Corruption, (Family Courts in Crisis, 2/14), “Lawyers have a role in protecting the independence and enhancing the accountability of the judicial system. They can also re ...

Equality Is Only an Illusionary Fairy-Tale

on 08/16/2015 - 08:08 pm

by Quenby Wilcox
Gender-based violence is usually considered ‘an isolated incident’ rather than as part of a systematic ‘terrorism’ against women. But, Rhonda Copelon, in Understanding Domestic Violence as Torture (Human Rights of Women edited by Rebecca J. Cook), compares the violence against women today, particularly violence within the home, with that of State sanctioned torture that has been used for centuries in terrorizing populations across the globe.
In her chapter, Copelon states that the “terroristic use of torture [] was born in the Inquisition and reached its apogee in the European with-hunt of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries… a ...

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing Are Guarding the Hen House

on 08/16/2015 - 07:59 pm

by Quenby Wilcox
“Women are vulnerable and, therefore, are in need of men’s protection,” identify Rebecca J. Cook and Simone Cusack in Gender Stereotyping: Transnational Legal Perspectives as one of the principle rationalization and justification of ‘patriarchal rights’ advocates within courts and societies around the world.
This belief (or state of affairs) begs the question of – ‘protection’ from what, and/or from whom? Do these women need ‘protection’ from pervasive physical violence in our homes and communities; widespread exploitation in our homes and communities; extensive oppression in our homes and communiti ...