WE ARE HUMAN BEINGS
|Women protesting male violence in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Reuters).
In 1995, Hillary Clinton said that women rights were human rights. What seems to be pretty straightforward as an idea is what we still have not been able to implement over 20 years later. Women rights are human rights because women are human beings and should be treated and respected as such. But we still struggle to make this happen in practice, whether it is in Argentina, in the United States, or anywhere else in the world. Because that is another myth we need to address: gender violence, in any form, is not a problem only in Argentina, or in Latin America as a region. It is not a thing only in developing countries, either. Gender violence is still engrained in social, political, and economic relations all around the world. Whether each country is able to take a good look inwards and work to eliminate it, that is a different thing.
So when some people, either men or women, say that crime goes beyond gender and we should advocate for safety for all of us, do I agree with them? Yes. Do I think this is a timely claim? No. Because advocating for all of us to be safe would imply that our dignity as human beings is respected regardless of our gender. But this is not true. It is not true for any of the victims of gender crimes. It is not true when you are not paid the same as your male coworkers. It is not true when you feel the need to cover your body, so nobody catcalls you or hurts you when you are out on the streets. We are not your wives, your daughters, your sisters. We are not yours. We are women. We are human beings.
Analia Gomez Vidal is a PhD student in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research focuses on the intersection of political economy and gender. Her published work has explored the effects of labor-market inequality on gender gaps in economic and political attitudes. She has also written on #NiUnaMenos from a social networks perspective (available here). She has previously pursued her M.A. in International Studies and her B.A. in Economics with minor in Journalism at Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina.