Sharing Responsibility

A nice article from the Kaiser Network today talks about a Malaysian government official who is urging her people and government to acknowledge the need for men and women to share responsibilities related to HIV/AIDS

Men and women should share equal responsibility for preventing HIV/AIDS and providing treatment to people living with the diseases, Ng Yen Yen — Malaysian minister for women, family and community development — said last week at the 53rd Session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, Bernama Daily Malaysian News reports.  […]

According to Ng, it is “important that both men and women take equal responsibility in preventing the spread of HIV among women.” She added that “it is crucial that in the intersection of care-giving and HIV/AIDS, women are given the utmost support” because the “role of care-giving in many societies often falls upon women.”

I like the balance you see in these statements.  Gender is too often viewed in terms of a zero-sum game: for one “side” to get power, it has to suppress the other; the benefit to one must be to the detriment of the other.  What a sad way of thinking and living!  It should be about cooperation.  Women and men … we’re all people.  (How biblical!)  Equal responsibility only makes sense.

Anyway, thought this was a good follow-up to yesterday’s post for International Women’s Day.

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~ by h.e.g. on March 9, 2009.

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