Having grown up in the United States and as well as living in Canada for many years, I sometimes struggle to fully comprehend the difficult circumstances faced by women in other parts of the world. We do face struggles here, but sometimes forget how many rights we have that others do not. Globally there are still places that women do not have access to the same opportunities we take for granted - education, career, financial independence and sometimes life itself. Cultures where the male is considered the head and final word still abound and there many religions that continue striving to minimize the power women have - even when not endorsed by their religious writings. A few stories in the last 6 months have touched my heart.
First there was the mother-to-be in Ireland - Savita Halappanavar - that died after the hospital left her to fate for 3 days while she struggled dealing with a painful miscarriage.. Only after they were sure the fetal heartbeat had stopped did they step in to help her, but by then it was too late. She died of blood poisoning. Not once did they ever feel this fetus had a chance, but she was left to suffer anyway.
|Liu Xia - Photograph by: Ng Han Guan, The Associated Press|
War is another area of concern for me. When a country is invaded, first you hear about the number of citizens slaughtered and then you hear the horrific rapes of women and young girls. It's a sad state that even in this century, a strong soldier with a gun still feels it is his right to exert this type of force against powerless females. I suspect it's about more than power. It's a throwback to feeling it's the right of the conquerors. Sometimes it seems like we haven't evolved at all. How do these same men face their mothers, wives and daughters when they return home?
Below I want to share a review available today in the Vancouver Sun by Jay Stone, Post Media News, as well as the official trailer. I have copied the article below as they only stay on line at the website for a few months and then have to be purchased through a news site. Please remember any movies like this showcase the extreme stories. Life is much more of a kaleidoscope with changing views or perhaps a diamond with many facets. This is in no way representative of the life of all women in India, but I think shedding light on women's struggles no matter who or where is a good thing.
The World Before Her delivers a provocative portrait of India and its current cultural conflicts during a key transitional era in the country's modern history.
The World Before Her