It is essential to go beyond the statistics to place Domestic Violence within a larger societal framework.
The issues around health care for women go deeper than the nuts and bolts of what will and won’t be covered. At stake is gender discrimination that is evidenced in higher premiums for being a woman, lost maternity coverage, and denial of coverage due to gender-related pre-existing conditions.
The story’s trajectory follows Kathryn Bokovac from her discovery of trafficking corruption, complicity, and cover-ups through her efforts to report her findings—despite files of evidence disappearing and witness tampering.
The coroner explains that she was forced to the ground and shot at close range, reflecting “extreme hatred” on the part of her killers.
High on the list for examination was the link between women’s need to be safe from violence and economic self-sufficiency.
Why would CBS choose to feature a message underwritten by a group with a definitive religious agenda, in a country that is predicated on the separation of church and state?
As we move into a new decade, I can’t help looking over my shoulder at all the things I would like to leave behind.
Perhaps the most starkly emotive narrative of the set is Mukhtaran Mai’s story of survival and redemption. She was gang-raped by four men as retribution for an “honor crime” supposedly committed by her twelve year old brother (allegedly he held hands with a girl from a higher-caste tribe).
So my thoughts aren’t an examination of statistics, wins or losses, salaries, or who should have been pitching the last game. I’m contemplating the values that we teach our children, the style of leadership we admire, money vs. allegiance, and that old adage, “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.”