March is Women’s History Month, and includes March 8 as International Women’s Day. Needless to say, the achievements of women over the centuries are recognized.
However, Women’s History Month for this year appears to have experienced several drawbacks. The one-year anniversary of the death of Breonna Taylor might invoke the wrath of feminists, although the tragedy is more about race than gender. I should point out that had Breonna Taylor not dated (and even lived with) a drug dealer, she would still be alive today. The fact that she was an EMT and had been in a relationship with a drug dealer should have raised red flags among the general public. In fact, she was even involved in drug deals with her boyfriend (something most people don’t know or even bother to acknowledge) as mentioned in this article by David Horowitz and John Perazzo:
Next, there is the tragic story of Sarah Everard, a marketing executive in London who went missing on March 3. A week later, her remains were found. A police officer named Wayne Couzens was charged with kidnapping and murdering her. Whether or not Couzens is guilty is yet to be seen. Meanwhile, a vigil that was held for her led to clashes with the police, and several people were arrested.
Then there is the story of Hadiqa Javaid, a student at the University of Lahore in Pakistan who proposed to her boyfriend and fellow student Shehryar Ahmad while on campus. Shehryar accepted the proposal, and the two hugged each other in view of their fellow students, and the proposal also went viral. The administration (no doubt being comprised of strict Muslims) then expelled both of them for “gross misconduct” and violation of university rules. The entire incident has sparked debate online, ranging from criticism of the administration for expelling Hadiqa and Shehryar to Islamists saying the administration’s actions were justified on the grounds of morality.
As terrible as it is for Hadiqa and her fiancé (depending on their future), it is mild compared to the treatment of women throughout the Muslim world. Women are subjected to beatings, rape, restrictions (e.g. not allowed to leave the home without being accompanied by a male relative, having to wear the hijab), arranged or forced marriages, and honor killings (or even suicides). Non-Muslim women in Muslim countries are subject to harassment, rape, being kidnapped, forced to convert to Islam, and even forced to marry their kidnappers. Non-Muslim women in Western nations have to avoid venturing into Muslim neighborhoods otherwise they will face harassment or worse.
Thus, this Women’s History Month (and International Women’s Day) for this year hasn’t gone very well.