Women of Occupy Declare the Right to 5050 Representation and Related Rights
In the weeks of June, in preparation for the July 4th Gatherings in Philadephia 2012, WomenOccupy, a project of Code Pink that offered weekly conference calls attracted the participation of several women in the occupy and progressive community, including two had been concerned that that other Gathering in Philadelphia, the National General Assembly, was not living up to its commitment to have one women and one man per district. These two women, Carol Bouldin and Rajchelle Onefamily Miller, both agreed on the the critical need for equal representation and presence of women in all decision-making, both in the Occupy Movement itself, and in the decision-making structures of levels of government. Rajchelle in particular urged the necessity for women on the call to Deliver Declarations for the July 4th Holiday that would Declare the Right to Gender Parity as a Human Right, for women and men both, because there is a great deal of research and scholarship that shows that 5050 gender balance brings forth decisions that protect the general good far better than decisions made by one mostly gender, and this balance is needed now, urgently, to protect the planet. 72% of the women on the call agreed with the need for such Declarations, to make the July 4th Gathering Truly Revolutionary. Rajchelle had already written Declarations on this in 2002 and 2004, directed at both the US and the UN, which also protect proportional minority representation and public funding of elections. In addition, Carol wanted to issue a Declaration that captured the passion of Women’ s Voice on all the issues oppressing women. All the Declarations Call for Gender Parity as something that is long past due, a human right for the US and all nations, and has been being obstructed by governments and decision-making organizations made of mostly men for far too long.
The period between the Conference call and the July 4th gathering was a short one, and there wasn’t enough time to publish all the Declarations on the World Wide Web in time for the July 4th Occupy National Gathering for everyone to see. But on the fly, the Decision was made to read Carol’s Declaration of, by and for Women at the Feminist General Assembly, which was attended by several hundred both women and men, and it was read on July 1, which is also Canada Day (the equivalent of the US 4th of July, by Iwanka Kultschycky. Although there was some mix-up that caused it not to be read at the General Assembly on July 4th, Rajchelle announced the essence of the Declarations at CBS headquarters in Washington DC and read all the shorter Declarations, including Carol’s for upload on the computer in an audio file. The Declarations have received very slight revision, since originally read, but are essentially the same as when they were Delivered on July 4th. All the Declarations refer to a Divine Authority, that makes these rights imperative for all humanity, just as the Declarations of Independence of Thomas Jefferson and Declaration of Sentiments of Elizabeth Cady Stanton do.
Both Declarations also Declare the Right to Have both paid and unpaid work counted in economic paradigms, the right to balance family and other work, and in the case of Rajchelle’s the overdue passage of the Comprehensive Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and in Carol’s
the passage of the ERA and CEDAW both, and an end to the war on women that comes out of patriachy instead of parity.
You can find these Declarations at:
These Declarations are the Heart of the most important REvolution for Humanity – the end to the false hierarchy of one gender over the other, and the beginning of real freedom for all humanity, as overdue for Millennia, and a Divinely Endowed Inalienable Human Right, that protects both genders and all their children, female and male, from the many Democracy and Earth-Threatening Dangers of lack of Equal Presence of Both Genders when decisions are made.