March 31, 2009
Radical View of Womanhood GEARs Up
The organization of the United Nations began in 1945 by nations that were predominantly democratic. Membership to the UN has never come with a democratic prerequisite; however, some 60 years later, the majority of the United Nations member states are not developed or full-fledged democracies. The consequence of these socialist policies, organizational structures and UN goals is deep-rooted and profoundly concerning.
Outraged by barbarous acts of World War II, one of the first documents to emerge from the newly formed organization was the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It’s clearly stated words declared that the UN would be the world’s watch dog of transgressors of human dignity and freedom. The UN was set up to play a critical role in the fostering of world peace, universal human rights and fundamental freedom for all.
Instead, 60 years later, the UN has turned from an organization that was to insure international peace and secure human rights and dignity for all, to an institution concerned about women’s rights over human rights, gender equality instead of “equal rights of men and women”, and reproductive health rights, as opposed to literacy and clean water as outlined in the UN Charter.
There are four separate women’s entities within the UN:
- The Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW)
- The Office of the Special Advisor on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women (OSAGI)
- The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
- The International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW).
Each is engaged in women empowerment and strategies to advocate for gender equality, which is defined as women’s equality. Gender experts abound in every sector of the UN dedicated to women’s issues. The newest push by the leftist feminists is to create a monolithic women’s office called The GEAR Campaign (Gender Equality Architecture Reform).
As described by REAL Women of Canada, “GEAR is a massive lobby movement of groups, individuals, and even delegations, in support of the creation of such a UN entity. For anyone familiar with the UN, this is enough to send shivers up and down the spine, because what they are asking for is no less than a heavily funded social police squad run by radical career feminists.”
Make no mistake, United Famlies has been working at the UN for over 30 years and we have seen no genuine coordinated effort to address the real human rights needs of the world; specifically the needs of children, men and women, and of families. The focus of UN entities is always tilted on the side of women – but for the wrong purpose.
GEAR, if formulated and funded will be operated by radical feminists who see women as victims of a patriarchal society. This wrong-headed simplification takes away from the real issues that need to be addressed, like maternal health, clean water, and education; the exploitation of women, the sex trade industry and so forth. Instead, these moronic mavens of anti-motherhood make a mockery of the women’s rights movement when they call Irish women oppressed because they are forced to celebrate Mother’s Day.
To put it bluntly, those driving the UN agenda need to point the finger of blame where it belongs – tyrannical governments, ongoing conflicts, and economic castes. Instead they fault patriarchy, religion, marriage, motherhood, and heterosexuality. Any woman who defends societal building blocks is said to be a traitor – or an “anti-women” woman. The so-called women’s liberation movement is disingenuous. These radicals do not want to liberate women; they want to revolutionize women and change society. Until now, this radical movement has not had much success at the national level.
President Obama of the United States has even joined the movement by creating a new governmental entity called the Council and Women and Girls. He claimed in his deliverance speech while signing the Executive Order that women’s rights are family rights, yet he creates another layer of government oversight in the name of women, when in fact, the family is where the focus should be.
The GEAR Campaign has started circulating a petition that they are planning on presenting to the Secretary General of the UN this year. Not only do the forces behind the GEAR movement declare their motives for expansion of the UN, increase funding and reforming national laws and policies, they want more power…and lots of it.
GEAR Up Campaign Petition:
In 2006, Secretary General Kofi Annan convened a high level panel charged with preparing a report called ‘Delivering as One’, which was presented to the UN General Assembly, and is meant to be the framework for UN reform. Among other things, this panel at The United Nations plays a key role in the advancement of women at the global level. However, work of the United Nations in the area of gender equality and the empowerment of women is fragmented and underfunded, which impedes its ability to effectively address women’s needs worldwide. Therefore, to remedy the fragmentation that currently exists between the UN’s four separate women’s entities, the Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) Campaign advocates for the creation of a new, consolidated women’s entity at the UN.
Civil society, especially women’s organizations, has played an important agenda setting and policy role at the United Nations, assisting the UN and Member States to recognize and address global challenges relating to gender equality and women’s empowerment. Women’s organizations bring years of experience working with women in countries and communities as well as regionally and internationally to advance women’s rights and to improve women’s daily lives. It is critical to build on these experiences by systematically bringing diverse women’s voices into all aspects of the new women’s entity at every level in order to deliver effective results for women on the ground.
Therefore, we, the undersigned, call on the Secretary-General and Member States to:
(1) Establish a strong, consolidated and ambitiously funded UN entity for women led by an Under Secretary-General that combines policy making and country level operations to effectively deliver on women’s rights on the ground.
(2) Ensure meaningful involvement of civil society, especially women’s organizations, at all levels – global, regional, national and local. At the global level, at least five representatives (one from each region) should be included on the Governing Board of the new women’s entity.
But power to do what? There are a long list of demands, but no real proposal for what this new and improved entity for women will do with this ‘major up-scaling of power, authority and resources’. This new entity will do what they have always done; push their old agenda – more effectively than ever before. That agenda includes: making abortion a human right.
The big push is directed at the General Assembly. The earliest a concrete proposal to formulate a new women’s entity would be at the 63rd session of the General Assembly next year. You can bet that the Obama administration through the US delegation will be pushing this initiative and leading the way by example.
The negotiations will begin at that point and there will be a great deal of discussion and consideration. Since the purpose of the new women’s entity, GEAR is to impose a radically new vision of womanhood at the UN and national level, it is imperative that United Families and its Statewide Chapters gear up for our own battle – the battle of protecting the family and its place in society.
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