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 ...

Window Dressing, Smokes Screens & Hell-fire Rhetoric

on 08/16/2015 - 07:30 pm

by Quenby Wilcox
“Too often inter-agency work at local levels is little more than ‘window-dressing’ meetings, roundtables and even entire projects which result in reports, workshops or conferences, but create minimal change in the support, safety and services provided for victims/survivors, the sanctions applied to perpetrators, or the efforts aimed at prevention” states the UN Division for the Advancement of Women’s report Good Practices in Combating and Eliminating Violence Against Women.
Unfortunately, largely due to an ideological rift in the women’s rights movement for the past 50 years, feminist organizations and leading advocates have never d ...