Friday, August 22, 2014

A Critical Summary of the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women

(Editors Note: This summary is meant to act as supplemental reading to the main article Go To Work and Give The Government Your Children: The Feminist UN Agenda 21 Plan To "Empower" Women, an analysis that must be read to understand how the ideas conveyed in the Nairobi conference are being implemented throughout the world.)

In the year 1985, the United Nations held a World Conference on Women, in Nairobi, Kenya, the purpose of which, according to the UN, was to set "strategic objectives and actions for the advancement of women and the achievement of gender equality".  This specific meeting in Nairobi was just one of several conferences, and meetings, that have been sponsored by the United Nations, aimed at the promotion of these gender based ideals.  The meetings, and the objectives that were reached, in Nairobi, in '85, were the culmination of the previous conferences, and discussions, held on the subject, and served as a foundation to future meetings.

In an attempt to keep this summary focused, only the agenda, and objectives, specifically mentioned at the Nairobi conference will be discussed.  (To view the full text of the Nairobi report, click here.)  However, readers should understand that this conference, along with the objectives discussed, are part of the much larger UN action plan for 21st century, Agenda 21.  The Nairobi conference is recommended for implementation in Chapter 24, Section 2, part a, of the Agenda 21 document, which can be viewed in it's entirety here.  If you are unfamiliar with the United Nations Agenda 21 plan to control every resource in the world, including humans, I highly recommend reading the analysis, A Critical Analysis of Agenda 21 - United Nations Program of Action.

World Government

The Nairobi report provides us with more evidence that the United Nations is trying to set up a world government, where national sovereignty, a countries decision making power, will be transferred to a world authority.  It should be remembered that the United Nations is a non-democratic organization, meaning you do not, and will not, have any decision making authority, as a world citizen, in the actions of this global government.

This new world order, or "new international economic order", as it is referred to in the Nairobi report, looks to be "founded on equity, sovereign equality, interdependence and common interest." (Paragraph 8)  A further examination of these pleasant-sounding terms is necessary to understand the true goals of the United Nations.

First, it should be noted how individual freedom, and liberty, are not mentioned as founding principles of this new world order, instead, the UN looks to make "equity", or the quality of being 'fair', as the foundation behind their plan.  One problem with having 'fairness' as a goal of government is that there has to, inevitably, be someone judging what is 'fair'.  In other words, to make things 'fair', there has to be some person, or group of people, with the 'authority' to take things from a person, or group of people, and give it to another person, or group of people.  This type of power is dangerous to give to a human being, and will almost certainly lead to corruption, as humans are not perfect, and will always have some sort-of bias, or prejudice, towards one group over another.  Besides the corruption factor, inevitably, there will be a group of people who feel that they received the bad end of the deal, and are being treated 'unfairly'.  This dissatisfaction will be the cause of new laws, and more bureaucracy, growing the size of government, and reducing individual freedom, all in a quest to make things 'fair'.

Another term used as a founding principle of this new international economic order that should be a cause for scrutiny is 'sovereign equality'.  The term seems to be somewhat of a paradox.  The definition of a 'sovereign' is some person, or some entity, that has supreme power, or authority.  However, as previously pointed out, to ensure that things are equal, or fair, among 'sovereigns', would take a power higher than that of the 'sovereigns', which would have the authority to take things (money, land, resources, etc.) from one group of 'sovereigns', and give it to another group of 'sovereigns'.  Obviously, you can't truly be considered sovereign if there is a group higher than you, which has the authority to tell you what to do, and take your stuff.

This concept is followed through in Paragraph 36 of the Nairobi report, where it is stated that "measures" must be taken to create a more fair economic system, globally:
"The Forward-looking Strategies and multidimensional measures must be pursued within the framework of a just international society in which equitable economic relations will allow the closing of the gap that separates the industrialized countries from the developing countries."
Many people will see the phrase "the closing of the gap that separates the industrialized countries from the developing countries", as a good thing, which would bring the standard of living of the developing countries up to the level of industrialized countries.  What needs to be understood is that this 'closing of the gap' can also happen the other way around, where the standard of living of 'industrialized' countries is lowered to the point of developing countries.

As long as countries are able to make their own decisions, this world government cannot truly be legitimate, and that is why the term 'interdependence' is the more honest principal, of this new world order, described at the Nairobi conference.  By making every country dependent on all of the others, national sovereignty will be eliminated, and a world government can have legitimacy.

Women

To adapt to this new international order, traditional forms of government, culture, and society, must be changed.  The Nairobi report mainly focuses on changing the traditional role of women in society.

Paragraph 257 says that "relationships between women and men in all spheres of life and in the family" should be examined, and recommends for governments to implement policies that would have "traditional gender norms changed".

One example of a "traditional gender norm" that seems to be in major conflict with the UN's plan for world government, is the conventional role that women have historically played in the family, as mothers, and homemakers.

The Nairobi report suggests that the "double burden" on women who have an occupation, and take care of home duties, is not fair.
Despite changes in some countries to promote equity in all spheres of life, the "double burden" for women of having the major responsibility for domestic tasks and of participating in the labour force remains. (Para. 18)
The solution to this problem, proposed by the Nairobi report, is not to have governments create policies which would ensure that women could spend more time with their family, raising children, but instead have government create policies, such as publicly funded daycare, that would allow the women to work more, leaving their children to be raised by the state:
"Governments are urged to give priority to the development of social infrastructure, such as adequate care and education for the children of working parents, whether such work is carried out at home, in the fields or in factories, to reduce the "double burden" of working women in both urban and rural areas...Likewise they are urged to offer incentives to employers to provide adequate child-care services which meet the requirements of parents regarding opening hours." (Para. 228)"
"Provision should be made for accessible child-care facilities for working parents." (Para. 140)
"Public expenditure directed towards...child-care services for women should be increased." (Para. 230)
"Tax structures should be revised so that the tax liability on the combined earnings of married couples does not constitute a disincentive to women's employment." (Para. 136) 
Again, instead of governments creating incentives, such as tax policies, that would make it easier for women to stay at home, and raise a family, the UN wants governments to create policies, to get women working.  The Nairobi report even states that governments should create "re-entry programmes, complete with training and stipends...for women who have been out of the labour force for some time." (Para. 136)

(As a side note, a critical thinker, after reading quotes like this from the Nairobi report, may begin to question why, if the goal is equality, there is a sexist bias to many of these objectives.  If the goal is equality, one would think that re-entry programs would be created for everyone who has been out of the labor force for some time, and not just women.  The hypocrisy of the objectives discussed in the Nairobi report will be addressed further, later in this summary.)

Continuing with the objective of erasing traditional gender norms, the report urges governments to influence women to enter occupations that have been traditionally held by men:
"Governments are urged to encourage the full participation of women in the whole range of occupations, especially in fields previously regarded as male preserves, in order to break down occupational barriers and taboos." (Para. 84)

Housework Is Work

An interesting concept that is proposed in the Nairobi report is the idea that "concrete steps should be taken to quantify the unremunerated (unpaid) contribution of women to agriculture, food production, reproduction and household activities." (Para. 120)  The notion seems to be to have government recognize, and attribute a financial worth to, household chores.  The report suggests that governments implement policies where the "value of housework is considered equivalent of financial contributions." (Para. 73)  Apparently, according to the report, this discriminatory strategy of recognizing a "woman's invisible economic contributions" will reduce discrimination against women:
"...equal recognition of women's informal and invisible economic contributions in the mainstream of society should be developed as complementary strategies for the elimination of women's secondary status, which has fostered discrimination." (Para. 59)
The Agenda 21 document also presents this concept:
"The integration of the value of unpaid work, including work that is currently designated "domestic", in resource accounting mechanisms in order better to represent the true value of the contribution of women to the economy" (Ch. 24.8e)
Questions as to how these policies would work, or who would set the pay-rate for house work, are not fully examined in the Nairobi report, therefore further analysis cannot be completed, on this concept, at this time, though similar ideas are currently being presented in governments throughout the world, and this connection to the Nairobi report, the United Nations, and Agenda 21, should be remembered.

Women Need To Work

The role that the United Nations appears to envision for women, through the Nairobi report, in the world government, is one of laborer, and not home maker.  The Nairobi report states that there is a "need for women to work", as well as a need for governments to create "social services to make domestic duties easier" (Para. 69), which would, again, follow the idea of influencing women to go to work, and not stay at home.

Expanding further on this concept, the UN even seems to view the notion of women staying at home, and raising a family, as a bad, unnatural concept.  Quite absurdly, in my opinion, the Nairobi report states "there is no physiological basis for regarding the household and family as essentially the domain of women." (Para. 45)  I guess natural occurrences, such as the fact that women get pregnant with babies, and produce breast milk, doesn't provide enough of a "physiological basis" for the UN to think that women should be home with their children.

Paragraph 45 continues, "...the belief that such a basis exists perpetuates inequality and inhibits the structural and attitudinal changes necessary to eliminate such inequality."  Therefore, people, including women, who even have the belief that it is a good idea for the woman of a relationship to take care of the house, and children, duties, are promoting inequality, and are against the advancement of women.

The Nairobi report also looks for governments to implement laws and regulations that would influence life at home, changing traditional roles, somehow, having men more involved with domestic affairs.  The Nairobi report refers to this as "the sharing of domestic responsibilities by all members of the family" (Para. 59), and calls for "educational programmes" that would "enable men to assume as much responsibility as women in the upbringing of children and the maintenance of the household."  The UN feels these educational programs "should be introduced at all levels of the educational system." (Para. 173)

Not only will the government force "the sharing of domestic responsibilities by all members of the family", but parents will also be forced to allow their children to be raised communally, by "society":
"Concerted action should be directed towards the establishment of a system of sharing parental responsibilities by women and men in the family and by society. To this end, priority should be given to the provision of a social infrastructure that will enable society to share these responsibilities with families and, simultaneously, to bring about changes in social attitudes so that new or modified gender roles will be accepted, promoted and become exercisable. Household tasks and parental responsibilities, including decision-making regarding family size and child spacing, should be re-examined with a view to a better sharing of responsibilities between men and women and therefore, be conducive to the attainment of women's and men's self-reliance and to the development of future human resources." (Para. 121) [emphasis added]

Family Planning

Speaking of children, the Nairobi report looks for governments to be involved with the limiting of the size of the family, or population growth.  The UN says that "the issues of fertility rates and population growth should be treated in a context that permits women to exercise effectively their rights in matters pertaining to population concerns, including the basic right to control their own fertility which forms an important basis for the enjoyment of other rights." (Para. 29)

For a women to be able to control her fertility, would mean having access to various methods of birth control, including abortion.   Specific birth control methods are not mentioned in the Nairobi report, however it is stated that "means should include all medically approved and appropriate methods of family planning." (Para. 157)  Even though some of these birth control methods are illegal in various countries, the Nairobi report suggests laws to govern fertility control be implemented, regardless of a nations laws:
"...all couples and individuals have the basic human right to decide freely and informedly the number and spacing of their children; maternal and child health and family-planning components of primary health care should be strengthened; and family-planning information should be produced and services created. Access to such services should be encouraged by Governments irrespective of their population policies and should be carried out with the participation of women's organizations to ensure their success." [emphasis added] (Para. 156)
To further indicate the UN's focus on limiting the size of the family, the Nairobi report encourages governments "to develop policies to encourage delay in the commencement of childbearing" (Para. 158), as well as policies which would encourage the "slowing down of the process of premature aging due to...repeated pregnancy." (Para. 286)

Governments are urged to set-up 'educational' programs to assist men and women in "responsible" parenthood:
"Governments should make available, as a matter of urgency, information,education and the means to assist women and men to take decisions about their desired number of children...Education for responsible parenthood and family-life education should be widely available and should be directed towards both men and women." (Para. 157)

Expecting Opposition

Naturally, not everyone will be in support of the concepts laid out in the Nairobi report.  Opposition is expected:
"Above all, there is still a deeply rooted resistance on the part of conservative elements in society to the change in attitude necessary for a total ban on discriminatory practices against women at the family, local, national and international levels." (Para. 50)
To overcome these challenges, the report suggests a solidarity front of feminist groups:
"The changes occurring in the family, in women's roles and in relationships between women and men may present new challenges requiring new perspectives, strategies and measures. At the same time, it will be necessary to build alliances and solidarity groups across sexual lines in an attempt to overcome structural obstacles to the advancement of women." (Para. 34)

Propaganda

As with many other United Nation's related programs, propaganda techniques will be used to persuade societies to accept the new changes envisioned in the Nairobi report.  To promote these gender specific concepts, the document states that "all channels, including computers, formal and non-formal education and the media, as well as traditional mechanisms of communication involving the cultural media of ritual, drama, dialogue, oral literature and music, should be used." (Para. 30)

Traditional gender roles, referred to as "sex stereotyping", will be challenged through the media:
"Steps should be taken to promote the elimination or reduction of sex stereotyping in the media." (Para. 367)
Art projects that promote the concepts laid out in the Nairobi report will receive government funding:
"Women's own cultural projects aimed at changing the traditional images of women and men should be promoted and woman should have equal access to financial support." (Para. 206)
A blurring of the distinctive lines between males and females, of a culture, will also be encouraged through the public school system, and teachers will be trained accordingly:
 "New teaching methods should be encouraged, especially audio-visual techniques, to demonstrate clearly the equality of the sexes. Programmes, curricula and standards of education and training should be the same for females and males. Textbooks and other teaching materials should be continuously evaluated, updated and, where necessary, redesigned, rewritten to ensure that they reflect positive, dynamic and participatory images of women and to present men actively involved in all aspects of family responsibilities." (Para. 83)
"The curricula of public and private schools should be examined, textbooks and other educational materials reviewed and educational personnel retrained in order to eliminate all discriminatory gender stereotyping in education." (Para. 167) 
The Nairobi report also encourages governments to create, and combine, gender specific legislation, with the various methods of propaganda:
"The obstacles to the equality of women created by stereotypes, perceptions of and attitudes towards women should be totally removed. Elimination of these obstacles will require, in addition to legislation, education of the population at large through formal and informal channels, including the media, non-governmental organizations, political party platforms and executive action." (Para. 56)
Peace Through Disarmament

The achievement of "international peace" through the increased involvement of women is an objective continuously discussed throughout the Nairobi report.  The participants of this conference seem to think that if women were in leadership positions, populations would more easily give up weapons, and this would make for a more peaceful world.  The stated ultimate goal for the world is a "general and complete disarmament under effective international control." (Para. 13)

Propaganda techniques will also be used to help deliver this 'peace through disarmament' concept through various forms of media, including children's games:
"Special attention should be given to the education of children for life in peace within an atmosphere of understanding, dialogue and respect for others. In this respect, suitable concrete action should be taken to discourage the provision of children and young persons with games and publications and other media promoting the notion of favouring war, aggression, cruelty, excessive desire for power and other forms of violence, within the broad processes of the reparation of society for life in peace." (Para. 273)
Non-violent, passive, resistance will be the method promoted, in schools, and books, as the proper form of protest in schools.
"Governments, educational institutions, professional associations and non-governmental organizations should co-operate to develop a high-quality content for and to achieve widespread dissemination of books and programmes on education for peace. Women should take an active part in the preparation of those materials, which should include case studies of peaceful settlements of disputes, non-violent movements and passive resistance and the recognition of peace-seeking individuals." (Para. 274)
Hypocrisy 

The issue of peace, in relation to the United Nations, is a topic that forces me to side track from merely summarizing the Nairobi report, to giving my opinion.  Much of the ideas presented at the Nairobi conference, and the United Nations in general, including their quest for 'peace', are blatantly hypocritical.

Take note of the actual language used in the previously quoted excerpt from Paragraph 13:
"...general and complete disarmament under effective international control..." [emphasis added]
As can be discerned from this quote, the UN does not want to completely remove weapons from this world.  They want to remove weapons from everyone except the international government, which is themselves.  With this monopoly on legal weaponry, the UN world government will be able to reign supreme, without fear of opposition to its policies.  This concept is repeated in Paragraph 242:
"There exist situations in several regions of the world where the violation of principles of non-use of force, non-intervention, non-interference, non-aggression and the right to self-determination endangers international peace and security and creates massive humanitarian problems which constitute an impediment to the advancement of women and hence to the full implementation of the Forward-looking Strategies." [emphasis added]
Therefore, according to this excerpt, when a nation decides to act independently, determine the course of it's own future, and not follow the directives of the 'international community', it will be viewed as endangering peace.  While the UN is against sovereign nations using force, aggression, and intervention, quite hypocritically, the UN finds it perfectly justifiable to use force, aggression, and intervention to impose their will on a non-compliant entity, under the guise of securing 'international peace'.  Peace, according to the UN, does not mean everyone obeying a common principle to refrain from using force and aggression against each other.  Peace, according to the UN, means obeying the UN.

I will conclude this criticism of the hypocrisy of the Nairobi report, with a quote from the report, which I believe, is one of the most principally absurd statements that a governmental organization can make:
 "Particular attention should be paid to double standards in every aspect of life, with a view to abolishing them." (Para. 65)
If a person were to really think this philosophy through, it would be concluded that all government should be abolished, because all governmental authority is a "double standard".  A regular person cannot, without fear of repercussions, take his neighbors money by force, and put that person in a prison cage if they refuse to comply with the extortion.  The threat of violence is a tool that is only allowed to be used by government.  Only people who claim to be 'government' are allowed to operate under this "double standard".

 Miscellaneous Notes

Here are some other objectives mentioned in the Nairobi report that are worthy of note:

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), as with most UN programs, are to play a role in the implementation of these objectives, including in the disarmament agenda:
"Participation of non-governmental organizations as a means to enhance the relevance and impact of technical co-operation activities of benefit to women should be encouraged." (Para. 328)
"Publicity should be given by Governments and non-governmental organizations to the main treaties concluded in the field of arms control and disarmament, and to other relevant documents. More should be done to mobilize women to overcome social apathy and helplessness in relation to disarmament and to generate wide support for the implementation of these agreements." (Para. 264)
The "Health for All" plan, also mentioned in the Agenda 21 document, is recommended for implementation in the Nairobi report, which looks to vaccinate pregnant women, and children, in accordance with the World Health Organization's vaccine schedule.
"Women's participation in the achievement of Health for All by the Year 2000 should be recognized" (Para. 148)
"Governments should take measures to vaccinate children and pregnant women against certain endemic local diseases as well as other diseases as recommended by the vaccination schedule of the World Health Organization and to eliminate any differences in coverage between boys and girls."  (Para. 152)
Finally, the Nairobi report suggests that governments, at the highest levels, set up "governmental machinery" to monitor the implementation of these policies, and the effect of all legislation, on women:
"Appropriate governmental machinery for monitoring and improving the status of women should be established where it is lacking. To be effective, this machinery should be established at a high level of government and should be ensured adequate resources, commitment and authority to advise on the impact on women of all government policies." (Para. 57)
As previously mentioned, this summary was created to act as supplemental reading to the main analysis, Go To Work and Give The Government Your Children: The Feminist UN Agenda 21 Plan To "Empower" Women, an article that should be read, to understand how these strategies are being implemented in today's society.

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