"This week the Obama administration injected a note of divisiveness, and that is truly lamentable.
In a speech over the weekend, US UN ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo replaced the commonly used term "violence against women" with what she called "SGBV" or "sexual and gender-based violence."
For years, traditional countries have worked to keep the word "gender" out of negotiated UN documents when referring to women's rights.
The reason is that some UN committees and staff equate "gender" with more than two sexes. They do so against the wishes of UN member states, who have defined "gender" twice in negotiated documents and said it is to be "traditionally understood" as "men and women."
DiCarlo did not explain why the term that has galvanized international resolve is no longer good enough for the Obama administration. She did not explain the obvious contrast between "sexual" and "gender" in the new jargon. She should."Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D. writing for C-Fam Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (Catholic, human and family Special Interests coverage; Independent of the American Government; American Based [New York and Washington DC])27 / 09 | September / 2010: "US exploits violence against women"
Who are we quoting:
"Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research / Director, International Organizations Research Group
Susan Fink Yoshihara is C-FAM Vice President
for Research and Director of the International Organizations Research Group (IORG). Her research interests include intervention, human rights, and humanitarianism in international law and politics. She is the author of Waging War to Make Peace: U.S. Intervention in Global Conflicts (Praeger, 2010).
Before joining C-FAM, Susan was on the faculty at the U.S. Naval War College where she taught national security decision making and international relations. In her twenty-year career as a U.S. Navy helicopter pilot, she held the rank of Commander, led combat logistics and search and rescue units in the Pacific and Persian Gulf, advised the Atlantic Fleet commander, and worked for the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade as a White House Fellow. She is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and received her Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School, Tufts University. She and her husband Toshi have one daughter and live in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
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