Former US president Jimmy Carter has an idea about women worth sharing. At TEDWomen 2015, filmed in May, the former Georgia governor and world renowned humanitarian shares three unexpected reasons why the mistreatment of women and girls continues in so many manifestations in so many parts of the world.
The final reason he gives? “In general, men don’t give a damn.”
Here are just a few of his points:
“I can tell you without any equivocation that the number one abuse of human rights on Earth is, strangely, not addressed quite often, is the abuse of women and girls.”
“There are a couple of reasons for this that I’ll mention to begin with. First of all is the misinterpretation of religious scriptures, holy scriptures, in the Bible, Old Testament, New Testament, Quran and so forth, and these have been misinterpreted by men who are now in the ascendant positions in the synagogues and the churches and in the mosques. And they interpret these rules to make sure that women are ordinarily relegated to a secondary position compared to men in the eyes of God. This is a very serious problem.”
President Carter isn’t just pointing fingers around the globe. He addresses concerns here in the U.S., too.
“About one out of four girls who enter American universities will be sexually assaulted before she graduates”
“Another thing that’s very serious about the abuse of women and girls is the lack of equal pay for equal work, as you know. And this is sometimes misinterpreted, but for full-time employment, a woman in the United States now gets 23 percent less than a man. When I became president, the difference was 39 percent. So we’ve made some progress, partially because I was president but in the last 15 years, there’s been no progress made, so it’s been just about 23 or 24 percent difference for the last 15 years.“
We could quote more from the speech but think you will enjoy it more by watching.