5050NOW reveals the truth that the planet requires 5050 gender balance in official decision-making NOW, to recover from millennia of imbalance, which has now reached a severe crisis that immanently endangers the Earth. supports a citizen-called Constitutional Convention in 2013-14 that bring 5050, full representation of minorities, and removes money, itself based on gender imbalanced concepts of wealth, as a factor in representation.
Here are the facts: (this webpage may be copied and distributed freely):
In the 92nd year since 1920 when an all male government “granted” women the vote that an all male assembly denied them in 1789, the US currently ranks 92nd (if ties are counted)/officially 78th in representation of women, with less women in office than Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates. http://www.ipu.org/wmn-e/classif.htm The “election” won’t help this, and may make it worse. The US media and politicians failed to cover the 1995 Beijing Conference Platform which called for a minimum critical mass for democracy of 30% women in all countries by 2000 http://www.uneca.org/ acgd/beijingplus15/documents/15YearReviewofBPfA.pdf, failed to cover the leadership of Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi in bringing women’s representation to India via the Panchayat Raj http://www.hindu.com/2001/10/03/stories/05032524.htm which already serves 800 million people with 5050 gender balance now, they failed to cover gender parite that brought 50-50 to every city in France brought about by Prime Minister Lionel Jospin and his wife Sylvia Agacinski http://www.observatoire-parite.gouv.fr/, http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/893825/posts:
Before the Taliban, women represented about 50% of the medical doctors and 40% of the government officials. So, [when] a meeting was set up of the warlords to determine who would be in the transitional government, tA U.N. official told me that eventually one of the warlords said, “All right. We’ll have the same percentage of women as there are in the U.S. Congress.” That level is 16%, just enough to co-opt women into a token level where they succumb to the imbalance, and legitimize the agenda of the Dominator males, the US warlord equivalent, and learn the dominator techniques, which they then use on other women. It is far below the UN guideline of 30% as a bare minimum critical mass in the ability to express or represent the female population and concerns.
The US (and similar corporate and male-dominated/female co-opting media in other countries) television and radio media and politicians failed to cover the gender 50-50 in Wales National Assembly brought about by Senator Julie Morgan and her husband Prime Minister Rhodri Morgan http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/may/09/gender.uk, they have failed to cover the one women for every man ballots of the Nordic countries since the 1970’s and their recent 40% requirement for women on corporate boards http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/21/business/worldbusiness/21iht-wbwomen.2.11315428.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all, the European Parliament, under EU Commissioner Viviane Reding and others http://www.europolitics.info/meps-back-quotas-for-corporate-boards-says-ep-committee-chair-artb331178-40.html, are already undertaking to attain 5050 in corporations, Europe, many of which have caps and much lower ratios on CEO to average people’s salaries (In Germany it is $650,000) than the US
In July 2012 on July 1st which is Canada Day and July 4th, women of Occupy, including me, Declared Gender Parity to be an Inalienable Human Right that benefits not only women, but men and children. https://5050now.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/5050-gender-parity-declared-a-human-right/ https://5050whatoccupyowestowomen.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/women-of-occupy-declare-the-right-to-5050-representaion-and-related-rights/
We ask all women and fair men to spread news of this, and use it to hold the Dempublicans feet to the fire. The Declarations also included the right to have a balance of love and work – having women’s unpaid as well as paid workd counted in economic paradigms, end to discimination against women, and a sustainable peaceful environment to be human rights. The Declarations are available at the above websites, and have been announced at Occupy Wall Street’s website.
A recent study showed that media spends only 6% of its time on women’s equality http://www.whomakesthenews.org/images/stories/restricted/highlights/highlights_en.pdf, and far less than even that, virtually at zero, on women’s full representation in office. The corporate media have failed to tell all the parties in Europe and worldwide that use voluntary standards http://www.socintwomen.org/en/quota.html and http://www.quotaproject.org/systemParty.cfm and the success of several African countries and Belgium, the Netherlands, Costa Rica and Spain and others in getting gender balance. They are not letting America know how far behind the rest of the literate world America has become, and how truly dangerous to democracy and the environment this is. They are failing to cover the 50-50 campaigns in England and Ireland http://www.countingwomenin.org/ and Europe http://5050campaign.wordpress.com/resources/about-the-campaign American women (and fair men) are being kept in the dark by the major media and both political parties. A pots and pans protest in front of CBS headquarters was held on this, on this, announcing the beginning of a New Government that is gender balanced and fully representative, and the fact that 65 nations have publically funded election but the media, the 4th branch of government, never talks about it, and have an open letter online to their CEO, publicaly resigning him and will have other letters to similar CEOS online soon.openletterstochiefevilofficerss.wordpress.com
The presence of greater numbers of women is correlated with the protection of social programs, http://www.thecocklebur.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/One-2002-report.pdf, cut military spending http://www.public-consultation.org/pdf/DefenseBudget_May12_rpt.pdf spending and protect the environment
http://gas.sagepub.com/content/19/4/506.abstract?ck=nck , http://legalplanet.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/will-estrogen-save-the-planet/ The environmental issue is now urgent as many scientists are warning of irrevocable Planet destroying Global Warming, depending on what we do in 2013, regarding such issues as the Keystone Pipeline, fracking and nuclear, versus full commitment to solar, wind and other renewables. http://www.opednews.com/articles/4/Hell-on-Earth-by-Michael-Byron-120803-681.html
While every scientific study finds both genders are equally intelligent, science has revealed that there are differences between the genders (see http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/how-male-female-brains-differ?page=3 and http://gypsumgirl.hubpages.com/hub/Gender-Differences-In-Brain-Development). The male brain is richer in gray matter, which holds more discrete information, problems solves well in isolated, especially hierarchical, situations and excels in spatial/technological intelligence, while the female brain is richer in white matter, better connected between right and left hemisphere, is better at integrating the connections of information, is better in long-term problem solving, heterarchical consensus-making, problem avoidance, and planning that is empathically sensitive to human beings and nature. (There are individual differences, too, of course, but these generalizations fit the majority of people.) Both forms of intelligence, female and male, have always been needed, but they are acutely needed now in full presence and cooperation to meet the demands of a technologically, socially, and environmentally connected planet. Because of their estrogen and slightly different brain structures than men, women as a group tend to be more collaborative and less hierarchical and more able to build consensus into their approach at decision-making than men, and as a group, are the natural peacemakers of the planet. http://www.negotiationlawblog.com/conflict-resolution/are-women-better-mediators-than-men
http://kathy-perkins.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/GENDER-IN-MEDIATION.pdf, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tabby-biddle/women-as-peacemakers_b_282997.html, http://castroller.com/Podcasts/StuffMomNever/2805590, http://www.euronews.com/2012/04/21/michelle-bachelet-women-are-peacemakers/.http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/chronicle/home/archive/issues2011/pursuingpeace/roleofwomeninmakingandbuildingpeace The lack of inclusion of a critical mass of women when decisions are made results in greater hierarchy among men, and when women are significantly absent, the most dominating and hierarchical men again ascendance, The equal presence of men is a protective factor for the more egalitarian men, too.
The lack of women’s representation has a cumulatively devastating impact on women and children.US Census Bureau reports that 17 million women make up the majority of the US poor (the number of poor people as a whole is also at its highest level for 52 years) in the US, http://www.legalmomentum.org/our-work/women-and-poverty/resources–publications/reading-between-the-lines.pdf and worldwide, 70% of the poor are women. Women are underpaid for paid work compared to men, and far worse, the majority of women’s work which is unpaid goes without any credit in the use of the outmoded GDP instead of the GPI (Genuine Progress Indicator http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genuine_progress_indicator# The_components_of_GPI, which does count unpaid work, and stewardship of nature, and other issues related to valuing the feminine equally with the masculine), Unpaid work is perhaps the biggest contribution that women make to the economy. In Canada unpaid work is estimated to be worth up to $319 billion in the money economy or 41% of GDP; globally the numbers skyrocket to $11 trillion US. Most unpaid work in Canada, the US and around the world is performed by women. In Canada, the 1996 Census was the first to collect data on unpaid work. Japan, Australia, Mali, Morocco, South Africa, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Palestine, Cuba, Ecuador, and many European countries, but not the US, have designed or undertaken surveys, but there is probably no longer a need for such surveys when the situation is obvious, unpaid work it hugely valuable, but totally uncredited by mostly male governmments and financial models still in use, causing millions of women who do a great deal of work, to live in poverty, and impoverishes children, too.http://www.nccp.org/topics/childpoverty.html. both materially and in time with their parents for bonding in the US, where the US is at shame in providing such little (weeks when other countries provide several years) and totally unpaid family leave (only four nations fail to provide paid family leave, the US is one of them, the other three are extremely poor countries) http://www.childpolicyintl.org/issuebrief/issuebrief5table1.pdf http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parental_leave#Benefits_in_a_selection_of_countries Nearly 15 million children in the United States – 21% of all children – live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level – $22,350 a year for a family of four. Domestic violence in Canada, for example, is estimated to cost some $1.6 billion per year, while for the United States, the losses are as high as $67 billion http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0013/001377/137780e.pdf and 1 in 4 women has been a victim of domestic violence by spouse or boyfriend, with 2 million injuries from domestic violence a year.http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/content/action_center/detail/754?gclid=CM7Pobe7o7ICFYSo4Aod6gsA4g. The situation at the “bottom” is connected to the situation at the “top”, and the “middle”. If women do not have adequate representation in decision-making, they and all there labors are seen as lessers, and they and their children become victims to poverty and violence. And when women are significantly absent and underrepresented, dominant men take an exploitative approach to Mother Nature and other men, as well as women. Note: This page is repeated on this website, in order to insure it is the first thing the reader sees and reads. We think this information is that important.)
505NOW is the only win-win approach, and necessary to real representation and democracy. Accept No Substitutes.