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Equity, Not Equality – The Torch


Sarah Everard was a 33-year-old marketing executive in the UK. In March of this year, she went to a friend’s house for dinner despite confinement in the area. On her way home, she encountered then-firearms officer Wayne Couzens, who allegedly mistakenly arrested her. That night, Couzens took Everard in his rental car and drove him 80 miles to Kent, England, near his place of residence. He strangled her, burned her and then threw her body into the woods. What started as an innocent dinner between two friends ended with the kidnapping, rape and murder of a young woman.

Everard’s death sparked a social media movement in the UK as well as overseas in America to protect women from these gender-based crimes, also known as misogyny. Misogyny is not considered a hate crime in the UK or the US. A hate crime is defined as an act of violence motivated by prejudice based on race, sexual orientation, religion, disability or other grounds. Gender is not one of these grounds. Despite the absence of a law against misogyny, many debates have taken place over the years to bring this legislation to fruition. However, he continuously failed.

Months after Everard’s death, with women still facing insecurity on the streets because of their gender, the question of why there is no law that protects women from these heinous acts remains unanswered. reply.

In 2018, during a debate on the issue, Victoria Atkins, then British Minister for Equality told Parliament that they “Must be careful not to create laws that inadvertently conflict with the principles of equality”.

While I understand the argument that misogyny is a hate crime, I don’t think it’s realistic. Despite the obvious fact that everyone deserves the same protection under the law, it is clear that there is a problem that threatens the safety of women, not that of men. To ignore this problem would be ignorant and irresponsible.

The question of why there is no law that protects women against these heinous acts remains unanswered. “

– Maria Villarroel

1,181 women were murdered by an intimate partner in 2005, according to the National Women’s Organization, NOW. That’s on average three women a day. At the same time, 232,960 women in the United States were raped or sexually assaulted in 2006. That’s over 600 women every day. It is clear that women are the targets of many crimes in the United States as well as abroad. It is no longer a question of equality, but rather of equity. Lawmakers should focus on protecting their citizens and meeting their needs to keep everyone safe.

I’m afraid if this is not done more cases like Everard in the UK, or more recently Gaby Petito in the United States will become more common.

If you, or someone you know needs help, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).