International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women

By: Farah Dessouky

Violence against women. One of the most common breaches of human rights worldwide. Did you know that HALF of women homicide worldwide in 2012 was caused by an intimate partner? Yaani your boyfriend/husband or even family member! I have no idea why when people talk about a major issue like that there’s always that assumption en el nas el gahala bas el bte3mel keda. But this isn’t an issue related to Egypt, not a social or economic class. This is ingrained misogyny, this is patriarchy, this is sexism at its most extreme form, this is fucking male entitlement, this is ‘el khetab el deeny’ in Egypt were some supposed sheyookh claim that they’re disciplining their wives/daughters. I

n other words abooky hayedrabek ashan tetraby baaden gozek haykamel el maseera. W enty w hazek baa tekoony mel 50% el beymooto aw la2. Violence against women is female gender mutilation, were the girl is stripped of her dignity and her right to enjoy sex. It’s close, closer than you think, could be you or me and lately the examples have started to be part of my very own reality rather than a sad story i hear distantly or a shocking statistic. Today on the 25th of November, The International Day For Elimination Of Violence Against Women it is our duty to get educated on such subject. The UN’s General Assembly chose that day to honor the 1960 assassination of the Mirabal Sisters who are feminist icons worldwide . ‘I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.’ Audre Lorde said this and if every woman wholeheartedly believed in her words a change will be inevitable. Till the day we won’t need a day to promote basic human rights of women…

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