Women are not objects to be used and abused

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Women are not objects. Yet news from around the world underlines how many men act as if they were, while key figures, like Trump, set a disastrous example.

Today it was announced that a ten-year-old Indian girl, victim of repeated rape by her step father, has given birth after having been refused the right to abortion by the Indian Supreme Court. Meanwhile in England in a number of towns girls and women have been and still are being groomed then abused by gangs of men.

A year ago, it was revealed that Trump was proud to boast he could grope the genitals of any woman he pleased, Subsequently, once he was elected president, he laid bare his misogyny by verbally attacking women for their looks and their body fluids. At the same time, the Trump administration has cut budgets for family planning and sought to curtail possibilities for abortion not just in the US but in developing countries around the world.

What right has a band of white men to curtail or violate women’s rights? How dare they believe they are superior to women, just like they believe whites are superior to people of colour or other ethnic groups. Racism and misogyny are ugly traits that go hand in hand and have no place in a civilised world. Women are not objects.

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Indian rape victim

BBC News | Indian rape victim, 10, gives birth by Caesarean section

Hard Kumar, The New York Times | Indian Girl, 10, Was Raped Repeatedly. Now She May Have to Give Birth

Grooming young girls in the UK

Frances Perraudin, The Guardian | Eighteen people found guilty over Newcastle sex grooming network

Frances Perraudin, The Guardian | Offenders in Rochdale child sexual abuse scandal ‘remain at large’

Trump groping women

David A. Fahrenthold, The Washington Post | Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005

Arwa Mahdawi, The Guardian | Trump loves attacking women’s looks. And America rewards him for it

Michelle Goldberg, The New York Times | The Playboy President and Women’s Health

Trump administration undermining women’s reproductive rights

Trump and the white men
Trump and his band of white men prevent millions of women around the world from deciding what they can and can’t do with their own bodies. Photo: Ron Sachs/EPA

Sarah Boseley, The Guardian | How Trump signed a global death warrant for women

The Guardian | US refuses to back UN on abortion access in human rights resolution

Jessica Valenti, The Guardian | Abortion rights are already under siege – and it’s only going to get worse

Molly Redden, The Guardian | White House drafts rule to roll back ‘contraception mandate’ for health coverage

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