Modern Slavery / Human trafficking involves the exploitation of human beings through forced prostitution, marriage and labor, and organ removal.
Stats on human trafficking
- There are more slaves in the world today than at any other time in human history!
- An estimated 20 – 40 million people were held in bondage in 2019, meaning there are more slaves in the world today than at any other time in human history.
- The number of slaves is growing by over 1 million per year.
- In the time you took to read this post, another human being was trafficked into slavery.
- Every 30 seconds another human being becomes a new victim of human trafficking.
- Over 70% of victims are female
- Over 50% of victims are children
- The world’s fastest-growing criminal industry is human trafficking.
- It generates greater than $150 billion per year in revenues.
- Over $99 billion was earned from sexual exploitation, primarily of females and children.
US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on September 18th – an enormous loss, and she will be mourned globally.
Justice Ginsburg was a fearless feminist and has made monumental contributions to the feminism movement–and its fight against gender-based discrimination.
Ginsburg was known for her scholarly, balanced opinions and personal courage. She spent her entire career working to eliminate gender-based stereotyping in legislation and regulations.
To honor her, we’ll share a few of her many accomplishments and contributions to society, and why she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
School and Early Career
Ginsburg was one of nine women accepted to Harvard Law School (out of a class of 500), where the school’s dean asked the female students to explain how they could justify taking the place of a man in his school.
Despite her impressive credentials at graduation, including making Law Review and graduating at the top of her class, she had difficulty finding a job in the male-dominated legal profession.
Early in her career, she was a law professor, becoming the first woman to earn tenure at Columbia University School of Law.
She worked on an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) case involving the discrimination against women ultimately helping strike down a state law that favored men over women as estate administrators. This marked the first time the Supreme Court struck down a law because of gender-based discrimination. (Reed v Reed)
In 1972, Ginsburg co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union.
She was soon their general council, launching a series of gender discrimination cases, winning five of six cases brought before the Supreme Court.
Her approach was cautious and strategic, favoring incrementalism – dismantling sexist laws and policies one-by-one, as opposed to the risk of losing by asking the Supreme Court to outlaw all discriminatory rules at once.
US Supreme Court
She was the second woman ever confirmed to the US Supreme Court.
During her 27 years on that bench, she quickly emerged as a fearless champion of progressive causes, serving as a counterbalance to the court, which in recent years slanted in favor of conservative justices.
Her dissents were forceful, but Ginsburg didn’t shy away from criticizing the opinions of her colleagues.
Her life was the subject of the excellent 2018 film, On the Basis of Sex. One review stated that the movie “is nowhere near as groundbreaking as its real-life subject, but her extraordinary life makes a solid case for itself as an inspirational, well-acted biopic.”
Ms. Ginsburg was an amazing trailblazer who will be remembered for generations to come as someone who changed the world for the better, who fought for equality and fairness, who left a glorious mark upon America which can never be erased.
Her spirit is captured in her words: Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.
It’s not your fault
You are NOT the cause of your harassment. It matters not if you are covered-up completely, or if part of you is exposed; it matters not what part of you is exposed; it matters not if you are young or old, pretty or plain, fat or thin, able or not; it matters not your race, creed or colour; it matters not if you are straight or LGBQT+.
Nothing you can do matters because it is NOT about you – it is about some small-minded little prick believing he has the god-given right to harass others in a public place. It’s about HIM getting HIS jollies, getting HIS fix of terror in another person’s eyes, getting the sheer pleasure it gives HIM to know he can control you, he can abuse you, he can threaten you AND YOU HAVE NO RECOURSE.
The only way to stop this is to ensure that these males understand it is unacceptable behaviour. That it will be punished.
We have made illegal duelling, slavery, 80-hour work weeks, child marriage, private wars (e.g., as in Romeo and Juliet where two families engage in endless violence), burning women at the stake, and a variety of other activities which were at one-time considered entirely normal behaviour,
It is well-past time to make Public Sexual Harassment (PSH) illegal, giving its victims a legal recourse so that these little creeps can be held accountable for their terrorism.
Betty Rollin is one of a multitude of amazing women who have been ignored by his-story. Check her out on wikipedia
She has written books on coping with cancer and death and been the subject of two popular movies.