All throughout history, women have been subject to inequality. Although equality towards women has progressed throughout the years, in our day and age, there are still deep inequalities between genders in many societies, regardless of economic or political status.For all women, equality is still an illusion. Most people are oblivious to the fact that there is still inequality towards women in the US.
Everyday, we hear about the horrors women endure in other countries: rape, genital mutilation, and sex trafficking. Despite the indisputable gains over the years, women are still being trafficked, violated, vraped, and discriminated against;not just in the rest of the world, but here in our own country.These injustices towards women are happening everyday. It was only a few years ago, in 2009, when George Sodini opened fire in a gym outside Pittsburgh. He killed three women and nine others before turning the gun on himself. It was only through Sodini’s blog posts where investigators learned that he specifically targeted women. And it is not only strangers who are violating women. Women are being killed, raped, and violated by partners and even family members.
All over the world, there are incidents reported over the violation of women. The mistreatment of women has spread enormously to the point where women are being sold and shipped to foreign countries. Not only are women being held back physically, but also mentally. In many countries, young girls are not allowed to receive a proper education. Whether you’re in the developing or developed world, being a woman is hard. Although women have gotten more rights as society has evolved, they still have less than men.
The fight for women’s rights is not a fight for “more rights” it is a fight for “equal rights”. Even in the working, American woman, we see oppression and inequality being taken place. To this day, there is gender gap pay, domestic violence, and the sexualization of women. The consequences of the injustice towards women are various due to the fact that most crimes committed towards women are invisible. For example, a more visible case of these consequences is seen in women who are genitally mutilated. When a woman is genitally mutilated, she is denied her female sexuality and has had her fundamental human rights violated. Women at the receiving end of violence often are left with serious health and psychological problems. Many women are traumatized due to their experiences of rape and mistreatment which leads them to fear, anguish, and even suicide.
Stigma and fear of shame often prevent women from living independent lives. Sin is at the root of these injustices. Sinful decisions are made when women are discriminated against and treated as ‘less-than’ men. Women receiving less pay than a man is sinful because it is unjust.
Personal sin is being done when one is sexualizing a woman or oppressing women because it is morally wrong. It is treating a woman as an object rather than treating her as a human being. It is the mistreatment towards women that causes these injustices. Many men have used scripture to try and justify sins against a woman, including the oppression of women. In fact, the Bible says the complete opposite. Through scripture, we learn that all human persons are made with the same human dignity.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28). The Catholic Church rejects any form of discrimination. God created man and female for each other as partners. Man and female have the same value and worth, therefore, we should have the same rights and advantages.
The Catholic Church believes that to solve this social issue, we must start with the pursuit of ensuring the quality education for males and females. The catechetical view exclaims that “the woman, flesh of his flesh, his equal, his nearest in all things, is given to him by God as a helpmate who represents God from whom comes our help.” Pope Francis has also repeatedly stated that he wants to create a more “incisive presence for women” in the Catholic Church. It is important that we see movement towards the justice and equality for all women in not only the church, but also in our everyday life including government, schools, and jobs.
I can only imagine how difficult it must be to be a women in today’s world. In order to truly address this issue, action must be taken. “It is fundamental for men and boys to understand their role in bringing about change in attitudes, relationships and access to resources and decision making which are critical for the promotion of gender equality and the full enjoyment of all human rights by women, which would eventually lead to the elimination of violence against them (Are Women Suffering the Greatest Injustices in Human History).