The following is an update on this story.
For many years, there has been much talk about feminism and women’s roles in society within the United States, but when compared to the rest of the world, the U.S. is but a small part of a much larger and more intricate moral problem. The United States of America is not the only country that faces problematic views about women and the roles they should carry within society. Many Latin American countries such as Chile, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic, hold much stricter beliefs and even laws towards women and how they should present themselves. The women of Chile, the country I am focusing on most within this Ethics Alert, encounter unfair treatment when it comes to abortion rights and domestic violence laws. Francisca Valenzuela, a very popular Latin American singer, is working to relieve Latin American countries of their outdated societal views, having created an all-female musical event in Chile to bring awareness of these moral problems.
All women should be, without a doubt, able to dictate what they will and will not do with their bodies, but in Latin American countries such as Chile, women are not able to receive an abortion whether it is to save the woman’s life; for physical or mental health reasons; if the pregnancy was due to rape or incest; for economic or social reasons, or for other self-interested reasons. Why is it that women in Latin American countries such as Mexico and Cuba are able to decide what they wish to do with their bodies, but in others they are not? While the morality of receiving an abortion is still debated within many countries around the world today (including the U.S.), many women, nonetheless, are given the right to go through with the procedure. Women of Latin American countries should be granted the same rights, but because women of certain Latin American cultures are expected to be quiet and submissive, what should be inalienable rights are denied. Valenzuela has decided to start her all-female musical festival in Chile, where they face problems with abortion laws most, but wishes to spread this festival to other Latin American countries that encounter many of the same problems.
The feminist movement is beginning to expand, but much of the coverage I hear about is happening here, in the United States. Why is it that events regarding feminism in other countries are rarely heard about unless discovered by mere chance of scrolling the internet? Feminism has become a very popular topic of discussion, but in order to come together as one, this problem needs to be addressed head on and as a whole. Fighting against the unfair mistreat of women in one country will not eliminate the unfair treatment of women in all other countries. In order to adequately address this global problem, women and supporters of all cultures, races, and countries should band together, as a unified, international community, to help provide sanctions for victims of unfair treatment related to gender. Unfortunately, without proper media coverage, how are people supposed to come together and create a more positive global community for everyone? They simply cannot.
I believe that, in a world that is constantly advancing, developing, and learning, the roles of women in society should not even be taken into consideration and they should certainly not be made into submissive and over sexualized objects. While religion and culture is always taken into consideration, the unfair treatment of women in Latin American countries still screams out as morally wrong. While Valenzuela and her all-female musical event is there to raise awareness of this matter, I believe that the media should certainly be doing a better job of keeping up with these events not just within the U.S., but also around the world, especially in Latin American countries where women are especially subjected to gender-related problems. Not all women are the same, and Valenzuela embraces this. She hopes that Chile and other Latin American countries will soon break free of their stereotypical female roles and learn to embrace women, treating them as equals. Chile has a female president for goodness sake! If now is not the time, then when is the time? Now is the time to address gender-related iniquity throughout the world; and to inform women in all countries that they are not alone; and that it’s okay for them and their supporters to speak out.