Joanna Roper: Appointment as ‘Special Envoy for Gender Equality’ timed for International Women’s Day
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has appointed its first ‘Special Envoy for Gender Equality’ to mark International Women’s Day (8th March 2017).
Joanna Roper will be in charge of spreading gender division and antagonism around the globe. The senior diplomat will be targeting developing countries in particular.
She will be tying UK foreign aid to whether nations bring in divisive women’s ‘empowerment programmes’. She will also be ‘working with ministers and departments across government, pulling together projects.’
Boris is ‘really enthusiastic’
Joanna Roper with ‘enthusiastic’ Boris Johnson
According to Rosamund Urwin, writing in the Evening Standard: ‘Roper describes her new job as a “mission” and keeps using the word “exciting” about the work. Is this, I ask, the Foreign Office promoting an explicitly feminist agenda? She nods. “The Foreign Secretary was clear that he wanted to have a foreign policy that delivered for women and girls and to have policy work that has gender woven through it.” Boris, she adds, is “really enthusiastic — it’s something he takes seriously”.’
What about places like Saudi Arabia, Urwin asked. ‘How do you take a feminist agenda to a country that doesn’t believe women are equal?’ ‘It’s about trying to understand where you can start the conversation, understanding what will work,’ replied Ms Roper. It might also be about knowing when to stop the conversation, perhaps when they start to brandish their scimitars.
Joanna Roper is an insider’s insider
Joanna Roper graduated from the London University School of Oriental and African Studies with a master’s degree in Japanese Studies. She went on to the London School of Economics. The FCO mandarin even took a summer school on contemporary Chinese politics and society at Beijing University three years ago.
She started her career in the Home Office and joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2001. The job she is leaving is Acting Director General for the Department for International Trade at the British Embassy in Beijing. Prior to that, Joanna was Director for Consular Services in the FCO overseeing 700 staff helping British nationals in difficulty overseas.
Film, theatre and opera
She was been head of the FCO’s China Department and has served in Tokyo and in Islamabad. She also spent ‘a number of years’ working on national security issues back in London.
Joanna is highly supportive of a ‘Women’s Day’ and is Chair of the FCO Women’s Association. Apparently, the highlight of that position was interviewing former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. The American warmonger is one of Joanna’s heroines. Her eyes ‘shine with excitement’ when she talks about her. Joanna Roper was awarded a CMG (Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George – an FCO gong) in the June 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Joanna enjoys travelling, outdoor pursuits, film, theatre and opera. Especially from the most expensive seats.
Roper’s husband: Charterhouse and Trinity
The man who helped destroy Syria: Joanna Roper’s husband Thomas Drew CMG
Joanna Roper’s husband, Thomas Drew CMG, is Britain’s High Commissioner in Pakistan. Of course he is. Drew attended expensive Charterhouse and then Trinity College, Oxford where he read Classics. Well, yes. He ‘came down’ from Oxford in 1993 and was quickly in the Foreign Office, rising to First Secretary in Moscow.
In 2002 Drew was found heading the UK’s unit on the European Constitution Treaty, which Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and Tony Blair signed in 2004. After the Treaty failed he continued in the Foreign Office’s ‘EU Enlargement group’ until 2006. He directed Security and Counter-Terrorism at the Home Office then at the Foreign Office from 2008 to 2012.
Drew has been a Visiting Fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute, whose name says it all. Naturally, it believes migration ‘generates significant economic benefits’.
Drew responsible for destroying Syria
He was Principal Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary William Hague from 2012 to 2014. In that post, Thomas Drew helped draw up the ‘Assad must go’ mantra and set in motion the devastation the UK caused in Syria by supporting the insurgency and the jihadist rebels. If you want to know why two hundred thousand Syrians have died, why businesses there have been ruined, property devastated, the Syrian Church all but destroyed and why Syrian refugees and migrants are flooding Europe, part of the answer is ‘Thomas Drew’.
Of course, one is awarded a CMG for all that, in 2015, ‘for services to British foreign policy interests.’ And now Drew is our man in Islamabad. Don’t worry, he’ll be ‘Sir Thomas’ before you can blink.
A place in hell
Joanna Roper says she is a great believer in the Madeleine Albright aphorism; ‘there is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women’. ‘Women supporting women is vital,’ she cooes.
Warmonger and Ms Roper’s feminist idol- Madeleine Albright of ‘special place in hell’ fame
Perhaps that place in hell is next to the one for those who spread division between women and men? Does it adjoin that place in hell for those who destroy people’s lives and homes and businesses for imaginary ‘British foreign policy interests’?
Make no mistake, at its very heart feminism – and International Women’s Day – is divisive. It whips up a feeling that women are disadvantaged in society compared to men. An opposite case could and has been made, but that still is not the point.
The point is that seeking things to moan about regarding the opposite sex is destructive of human relations. The great fault of feminism is its failure to see men and women as partners in a familial or social enterprise, let alone acknowledge the Biblical understanding of woman as an appropriate and dynamic help for her man.
The Bible records God saying: ‘It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a help, meet – or appropriate – for him’ (Genesis 2:18). God there sets out a pattern for societal stability and economic progress.
Such a partnership, let alone the male headship it implies, has no place in feminism.
Women’s Day depends on conflict and whingeing
Feminists believe there is a cake of a certain size and women are constantly fighting men for their proper share of it. Borrowing the Marxist dialectic of continual change and struggle, feminists must always find some new grievance. Feminism depends on conflict and whingeing.
The ‘Walk in her shoes’ programme supported by Annie Lennox complained that women and girls are the ones walking miles for water. The subtext was their men are swanning around taking it easy. But they aren’t. They are out in the fields cultivating and harvesting, or building, or fixing something. Those women don’t need a women’s empowerment programme. They need boreholes in the village.
It is divisive not to say a complete lie to claim: ‘Women and girls worldwide bear the brunt of the burden of poverty’ as Miss Lennox did. That burden falls on a whole society. In real life men and women are in it together, drawing on their God-given roles to make the world, or at least their little bit of it, a better place. They allocate the jobs according to what has always worked best, not according to some ideological grid.
Sees moral inferiors in the developing world
Here we have the repellent spectacle of a well-heeled, pushy, elitist white upper-middle-class woman pontificating to those she sees as her moral inferiors in the developing world.
Let us pray that rich, posh westerners in Governments and NGO’s would stop trying to set women and men everywhere in the world at each other’s throats. And doing it with our money.
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Genesis 5:2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
Isaiah 3:12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
1Corinthians 11:12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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