The global gap between women’s rights and men’s rights is one that the AHA strives to eliminate. In the United States, discrimination against women is found in the workplace, in areas of religious fundamentalism, and even in the annals of the law. While great progress has been made domestically, inequality is still prevalent in many sectors. We strongly support global efforts to temper violence against women both in the household and in public, especially in patriarchal societies rife with religious zealotry. Women continue to be treated as second class citizens in some countries, and are often subject to pain, humiliation, mutilation, and even death for reasons such as adultery, childbirth out of wedlock, or driving a car, while men are rarely punished for the same “offenses.”
The AHA promotes equality for women and men in all sectors, at all times, in all countries. We condemn all forms of gender-based violence, restrictions on women’s reproductive choices, legal, religious, and societal discrimination, and any attempts to reduce women to second-class citizen status. We continue to act in favor of eliminating the gender gap, including support for girls’ education, individual rights, compensation and benefits, and access to economic and social resources both domestically and worldwide. Religion, tradition, and culture can no longer be excuses for the systemic oppression of half of humanity.