50 Years of the Big D

DISCRIMINATION

When we look at the significant criticism of the US Supreme Court by both the Prime minister, Jacinda Ardern and Foreign Minister, Nanaia Mahuta along with a chorus of support, of course there is more to it.

Politics is very, in our face these days. So much so that we are tied to the moment rather than an awareness of generations of change.

The 50 years referred to in the headline is the period from 1975 – 2025: Are we there yet? Not quite?

The time frame is regarded as the essential liberation of women rather than discrimination against men – The War on Men: the casualties of peace.

I’m curious to see if there will be any backlash, any real acknowledgement, any change … as women’s demands were an essential element in downfall of the City of Rome, and we’re very much in a similar global space now.

Still, this is only a recent snapshot of the centuries of activism that was interrupted by the World Wars then rekindled  alongside the post-war development of the United Nations.

In 1975 following the Vietnam War protests, where women cut their teeth on modern political activism, we had an International Women’s Year and their  Mexico Conference.

That set in motion a variety of treaties, initiatives, organisations, and demands on the attention of democratic governments to create non government organisations to support women.

The initiative of global conferences went on to 1985 (Nairobi) 1995 (Beijing) – With the appearance of, Hillary Clinton.

• There were a myriad of other associated conferences but in 2004 something else happened – The Women’s Conference, renamed in 2004, had started as the California Governor & First Lady’s Conference on Women in 1985.

That was the end of the regular international conferences of a decade and while a variety of other women’s conferences continued, women’s initiatives essentially become synonymous with the United Nations development programme for women.

By this stage we had in New Zealand the rise of Helen Clark as a second term PM, and a not entirely unturbulent relationship between Clark and Clinton who would later famously say of Clark, ” … her opponents have observed that in the event of a nuclear war, the two things that will emerge from the rubble are the cockroaches and Helen Clark.”

That was in 2008 suggesting the animosity and competition was not only alive and well but also around Clark’s potential future appointment to a position in the United Nations.

Putting aside the specific abortion issue you can see there is much more to the global competition of women than first meets the eye and that’s a good starting point when looking at why our political women are so concerned about events in far away places.

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