How come MADD was started by Ms Lighner, as if her male partners and folks were not affected by Cari’s demise? Grassroots efforts have to be supported by pressure from above. How much support has MADD received from the walls of power? Despite initiative from the very top, how much progress has been made on gun control from the middle and bottom? I know why…..
Neither gun control, nor female president, is probable, until there is true democracy. In my book, “African Student in Russia” I argued democracy has to mirror traditional family -- the basic building block of demos/people. By default, a traditional family is 50 % male, and 50 % female. The government (“mediocosm”) -- which unites the micro (family) and the macro (society) -- has to be equally balanced along gender lines. Otherwise, we are still in ancient Athens, the origin of democracy where the landless, slaves and women were excluded from the “people” category. We still have “homocracy” (male-rule). The machismo-laden political institution will not support gun control. Women lose more than men in guns/wars – grandpas, fathers, uncles, husbands, brothers, sons, grandsons – hence the imperative of true democracy. Monies, movies and speeches provide temporary solutions. Only gender-balanced branches of government can control guns, wars and violence against women.
The general population, women included, believes “homocracy” is the norm – hence the uphill battle a female presidential candidate will face in “conventional democracy.” With 64 % females in parliament, Rwanda is leading the world toward “democracy.” Belgium has over 50 % female ministers. USA has 18 % Congresswomen, occupying 80th place. Gender-based violence in Congo, India, Pakistan, and elsewhere can only lessen after true democracy. The global male-dominated power bases are silent partners in the violence against women, and prevalence of wars in the streets, jungles, schools, and Kandahar badlands.
O. Kyara, PhD
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