Former US Cardinal Peter Wood has spoken out in support of women who are victims of the “war on women” and called out “the whole idea of female liberation” that is in place in the United States today.
Speaking to a crowd at the Women’s March in Washington DC, Wood said that while he is “sad” that there are so many issues that affect women in the world today, he believes that there is a “war against women”.
“It’s a war against women that’s been going on for a long time,” Wood said.
“We’re talking about this war on the rights of women and it’s going to continue.”
Wood said that when the war was first started in the 19th century, the focus was on the male suffrage movement and women’s rights, but now it is focused on the gender equality movement.
“We need to recognize that there’s a whole other war going on, a whole new world, the one that’s being waged against women,” he said.
“And we’re going to need to fight it.”
Wood’s comments come days after a group of high-profile women spoke out about the fact that the United Kingdom has an anti-discrimination law that does not even cover gender discrimination.
“The fight against discrimination in the workplace has become so central to the fight against violence against women, women’s bodies and our bodies, and that has to be protected,” former Labour MP and actress Stella Creasy told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme on Sunday.
“It doesn’t matter if the woman’s a woman or a man, they should not have to be treated as a second-class citizen.”
“I am proud of all the women in this room, I am proud to be a woman,” Creasy added.
“But this is a war on all women.”
Creasy said that women were treated differently in the US than in other countries.
“I think the way we treat women in America today is that we don’t believe in equality, we believe in unequal treatment,” she said.
“And I think that’s just a disgrace.
That’s why I’m not a member of the Labour Party.”
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview with the Guardian that it was “disgraceful” that the US does not have anti-gender discrimination laws.
“There are so few people who can speak out on behalf of women’s equality, and it is so important that we stand together in the fight for gender equality, because it’s what we believe is in the best interest of all of us,” Clinton said.