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 ...