French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday spoke out against what he said was a decline in women’s rights in the United States and Russia.
Normally “rights” are rules laid down by the constitution (or courts interpreting them). So apparently these are lessening.
Speaking on International Women’s Day, the French leader said that “threats of backtracking” on women’s rights don’t just come from “emerging nations or countries under dictatorships, but also in developed and rich countries”.
I see. Always forward. But what is forward?
“What about positions or intentions expressed by the new US administration?” he asked.
They would “reduce funding for family planning, as if this is the first cut to be made to allow an increase in military spending,” he added.
So reducing spending on areas that women favor is a “decline in women’s rights”? Apparently so. Notice that “family planning” is mentioned. From the description, one would think that women just can’t plan very well. That seems awfully patronizing. In this case, this actually kind of the truth, as they are really talking about abortion, perhaps the ultimate in poor planning.
Still, can’t women control themselves?
Hollande also took aim at Moscow’s policies, pointing out that a law that penalised violence against family members had recently been modified.
I am not sure what that is about, but I think that we all have the same suspicions.
Such moves to row back on women’s rights stem from “religious fundamentalism” and “the resurgence of reactionary ideologies which intend to reassign women to the procreative role in the domestic sphere,” he said.
Perhaps it might be useful to have women obtaining fewer abortions and to attend more to the children that they do have. It’s for the children. Just a thought.
Still, this is apparently all that President Francois Hollande has. As for the US complaint, nothing has happened yet. It is all theoretical. It might not even happen. Does he have anything else? Anything?