n South African Medical Journal - The Age of the Acquisitors - girls and women beware : from the editor




'... violence against women and girls continues unabated in every continent, country and culture. It takes a devastating toll on women's lives, on their families, and on society as a whole. Most societies prohibit such violence - yet the reality is that too often, it is covered up or tacitly condoned ... Changing this requires all of us - women and men - to work for enduring change in values and attitudes.' (Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, New York, 6 March 2007) In the 1980s I read a book by Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar, a social philosopher and political revolutionary. Sarkar proposed a socioeconomic Law of Social Cycles, according to which classes within societies naturally change in a sequential manner. Sarkar's view was that when one class gained dominance, there was a need to avoid the exploitation of the others.


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