Background Analysis – Coursework Example
Women Rights Debate During United Nations conference held in April this year, many nations openly objected to the idea of encompassing the right of women to make decisions regarding their sexuality. Those who objected to the idea voiced their concerns that such a move would tacitly allow for same-sex relationships. The matter emerged as an incendiary issue when agents at the conference started appraising progress on the acceptance of a breakthrough accomplishment plan in Cairo. During the conference in Cairo, more than 170 nations acknowledged that women have the right to take control of their reproductive health and sexuality concerns. During the conference on April, many countries were already attempting to include such language during the population conference. However, the socially conservative countries openly resisted the idea with arguments that the move would implicitly confer people the right to practice same-sex relationships (Guerrina and Zalewksi 2014). On the other hand, the proponents of the move to reinforce women rights over their reproductive health counter-argued that the establishment of the right of women to manage their sexuality is fundamental in negating practices such as child marriage.
During the Cairo conference, as well as the recent conference in Beijing, many predominantly Muslim and Catholic countries explicitly resisted any inclusion of lesbian and gay rights in the final submissions. But as one analyst noted, many of those countries are now objecting to a debate that is aimed at protecting women’s sexual rights. Indeed, it appears that there is a “pushback” from these representatives as they conflate the current debate with concerns of gender uniqueness and sexual alignment. The proponents in this debate have expressed their desire for a policy framework that gives women the right to manage their sexuality without necessarily been subjected to the current stigma in many countries regarding the issue of same-sex relationships (Lloyd 2013). On the other hand, the opponents desire for a policy framework that does not give women the power to practice same-sex relationships under the watchful eye of the United Nations. This debate has come at a time when the world is undergoing a turning point regarding same-sex marriages with drastic measures already in place in the U.S and Uganda, Nigeria, and Russia.
Summarily, it appears that the debate on women rights has stirred the fireworks that it created more than two decades ago. A clear look at the debate reveals that it is has nothing to do with women rights; rather, it has everything to do with same-sex relationships.
Guerrina, R and Zalewksi, M., (2014). Negotiating differences / negotiating rights: the challenges and opportunities of women’s human rights: Review of International Studies, 34(1), pp. 6-11.
Lloyd, M., (2013). (Women’s) human rights: paradoxes and possibilities: Review of International Studies, 33(2), pp. 92-102.