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Violence against women

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

 
The body of the 54th woman to be killed by a man (boyfriend, friend, relative) in Italy has been found after having been missing for two days. (more…)

In India, Castes, Honor and Killings Intertwine

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

A woman’s death and the arrest of her mother have drawn attention to a resurgence of so-called honor killings.




I can’t shut up! They stoned a young girl because she dared to LOVE, down with honor killings!

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

I posted earlier this evening on a tragic event.

I cited to CNN video, and my first comment received on this blog let me know the link was not working.

The original link I provided was on CNN.  I provided it because I was horrified and in some ways felt it was yet another tragic screaming cry to wake up as women.  It appeared the link was removed or moved, but we then found it again with the help of a blogger who posted a comment to our piece.

I went back and forth as to whether to delete the link.  Deleting it would not erase that it happened and people stood by and watched.  But the thought of viewing the atrocity, the mere fact that it could be recorded, that it does occur became overwhelming.  I don’t know what’s right, I don’t know if the link should remain or not, for now, it is off of the post.  Below is the original post. You can read an updated link to the story on News Yahoo.

A link to the story on Care to Connect is listed below at the end of this post.

Original Post

I can’t stand it, I can’t stand it, I can’t stand it……………..as kids have been brave enough to do in front of their peers, Stand Up & Speak Out, we must do. There must be a way.

This young girl’s crime was to “love”. Do you get it? To love, the basis of every damn religion proscribed, ok, maybe there are some I don’t know of that espouse hate, but she loved.

Did you see her, this beautiful human being?

And to think when I was on the way home from work all I could think was if we could just leave the “children” alone, if we could simply let their innocence and pure wisdom blossom, there would be a chance for humanity. If we could just not brainwash them into the dictates of society.

And now?

Now this?

Are you kidding me?

How evil can we get? To kill because someone, a child, a child, dared to love.

I can’t even stand to be in my own skin, living in this world where we encourage it…and yes, we do…we do when women can’t even be elected to the highest office in the “most free” country, and I love this country, I love America and as much as I struggle with suppressing ego, my ego does reign when I truly and freely say: I love being an American. I won the lottery of birth.

Yet, as a woman, that was once a girl, and now plays in a man’s world, I see the limitations, but I also see the possibilities. But what possibilities can there be in a country that kills its young for loving?

I like to close my eyes to violence. I won’t watch “scary” movies, I think they are incredibly stupid to put out that negative message, that imagery, to people that can’t help themselves because they are that damaged by this world and will think it is the right thing to do, to hurt others.

Have I made myself clear?

I find it unacceptable to hurt others. Period.

Watch the video.  A 17 year old girl in Iraq, ignored “local custom”. Security forces looked on, she was dragged from her home, they STONED her, people stood by and watched. Did you see how beautiful she is? People sat with cell phones and took pictures.

An honor killing.

What God does anyone believe in that thinks God would want a child killed?

That is RELIGION.

Not GOD.

She was a baby in this world, dragged from her home, adults, ADULTS, standing by watching.

What will it take for any of us to wake up?

See previous post

See also: Care2Connect

Women, Girls…Honor Killings, Honor Suicides and Hypocrisy

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

I like to read.  There is not much I will not read.  I prefer books to conversation and even magazines.  If you met me in person, you may find me oddly quiet.

I have little prejudice in what I read and admire Danielle Steele as I admire the Harry Potter series as I admire religious and spiritual writings as I admire certain books on the cultures and humanity of the world.

With that said, I read a piece in Marie Claire, June 2007 edition, entitled “Kill Yourself, or your family will kill you.”, by Jan Goodwin and photography by France Keyser, beginning at page 155 of the printed version.

Now, I don’t know what the author or photographer wanted to convey about the state of females in Turkey, but this is what I came away with………

1.  Honor killings have decreased, from a reporting perspective, since Turkey’s efforts to join the European Union; and

2.  Honor Suicides are on the rise; and

3.  It takes little to be encouraged, or would that be threatened, to kill oneself to restore a family’s honor (Now, I am confused how any type of killing restores honor, however…..); and

4.  It can be Western Dress, texting a “boyfriend”, marrying for love rather than within the family’s choice.

There is apparently a resurgence of women wearing headscarves at the same time the wearing of same is outlawed at universities and government offices.

Honor killings are now punishable by life in prison.

Virginity tests in school were recently outlawed.

It is easier to obtain access to an abortion than it is in America.

Turkey elected a female prime minister in 1993.  Hello, America, land of the free?

At any rate, it is horrifying to see what families will do to themselves, their females because of ego, because of confusion, because of pre-determined beliefs which fashion themselves as conflicting morals.

I see within this article many advancements for “women” not afforded in America.  And I see, cloaked within certain religious belief within our own country, reactions, treatments, consequences that cannot really differ as to women.

We sit and judge Turkey, and yes, I do too; but how different are we?

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