Once again I loved Obama’s speech [full text here]. I liked everything he said. I liked what he said about women’s rights too.
I know many of us are going to disapprove of his refusal to disapprove of women being made to cover their hair. But he has simply given the women the right to choose, and with that he has won over a people while still insisting that women be allowed to get out of their homes to get an education. I call that brilliant diplomacy.
You disagree? It’s like this, we cannot not tell women to stop wearing white when their husbands die, but we can make sure they do have the financial power to buy coloured clothes and good food if they wish to. If they have that choice then that’s a beginning! That’s a brilliant first step. That’s what Obama has done.
I have no doubt Osama is green with envy.
Osama stands for violence and hate, and Obama stands for Polilo drops for babies.
Here’s what Obama said about women’s rights: (I have highlighted the parts I loved)
The sixth issue — the sixth issue that I want to address is women’s rights.
I know, and you can tell from this audience, that there is a healthy debate about this issue. I reject the view of some in the West that a woman who chooses to cover her hair is somehow less equal. But I do believe that a woman who is denied an education is denied equality.
And it is no coincidence that countries where women are well- educated are far more likely to be prosperous.
Now let me be clear, issues of women’s equality are by no means simply an issue for Islam. In Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, we’ve seen Muslim-majority countries elect a woman to lead.
Meanwhile, the struggle for women’s equality continues in many aspects of American life and in countries around the world. I am convinced that our daughters can contribute just as much to society as our sons.
Our common prosperity will be advanced by allowing all humanity, men and women, to reach their full potential. I do not believe that women must make the same choices as men in order to be equal. And I respect those women who choose to live their lives in traditional roles. But it should be their choice.
That is why the United States will partner with any Muslim- majority country to support expanded literacy for girls and to help young women pursue employment through micro-financing that helps people live their dreams.