Gender based violence #femicide. Protector and perpetrator – A male preserve

Reeva SteenkampLet REEVA STEENKAMP’S name never be forgotten, because she was a stalwart spokesperson for Women’s rights and VAW (Violence Against Women)

Femicide is the ultimate form of violence against women and girls and takes multiple forms. Its many causes are rooted in the historically unequal power relations between men and women and in systemic gender – based discrimination.  For a case to be considered femicide there must be an implied intention to carry out the murder and a demonstrated connection between the crime and the female gender of the victim.

So far, data on femicide have been highly unreliable and the estimated numbers of women who have been victims of femicides vary accordingly.
Femicides take place in every country of the world. The greatest concern related to femicide is that these murders continue to be accepted, tolerated or justified – with impunity as the norm. To end femicide we need to end impunity, bring perpetrators to justice, and every individual has to change his/her attitude towards women [SOURCE is a long PDF but #mustread]


Gender-based violence against women is a global phenomenon with appalling incidence everywhere. In 2013 WHO, along with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Medical Research Council, analysed existing data from 80 countries and found that an alarming 35% of women experienced gender-based violence. 30% of women experienced physical and/or sexual violence at the hands of their partner and 38% of murders of women were committed by intimate partners. These statistics do not take account of unreported incidence, nor of the damaging non-physical or non-sexual violence which many women experience [SOURCE]



Love can get you killed in #Pakistan

Pakistan kills lovers















Reuters, Lahore
Saturday, 28 June 2014

A young couple in Pakistan were tied up and had their throats slit with scythes after they married for love, police said Saturday.

The 17-year-old girl and 31-year-old man married on June 18 without the consent of their families in eastern Pakistan’s Punjabi village of Satrah, police said.

The girl’s mother and father lured the couple home late on Thursday with the promise that their marriage would receive a family blessing, said local police official Rana Zashid.

“When the couple reached there, they tied them with ropes,” he said. “He (the girl’s father) cut their throats.”

Police arrested the family, who said they had been embarrassed by the marriage of their daughter, named Muafia Hussein, to a man from a less important tribe.

Cultural traditions in many areas of Pakistan mean that killing a woman whose behavior is seen as immodest is widely accepted.

Immodest behavior that sparked recent killings included singing, looking out of the window or talking to a man who is not a relative. For a woman to marry a man of her own choice is considered an unacceptable insult by many families.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said 869 so-called “honor killings” were reported in the media last year – several a day. But the true figure is probably much higher since many cases are never reported.

More similar incidents reported by Associated Press

Saudi Arabia solves growing divorce. Teach the women to be more obedient. Simple

Ok, I’m being a bit naughty. But in a country with Human Rights abuses and Male Guardianship how else are they going to cope with women demanding their freedom.

Saudi divorce

“the man is mostly responsible for the divorce, especially today’s men who are temperamental, selfish and self-absorbed. They demand a lot from a woman and do not respect her rights”.Talal Sa’ad said differences in age, culture and education, in addition to one partner being irresponsible, are the main reasons for divorce.Dr. Abdullah Bin Saif, Islamic Studies professor and a marriage official (See text below from Saudi Gazette)


Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Social Affairs is reportedly considering making pre-marriage courses compulsory for couples about to tie the knot. BBC Learning

Divorce rates in the Kingdom are alarmingly high. To put an end to that, young couples must attend marriage counseling sessions before getting married,” says Dr. Aliyah Hani Hashim, a Jeddah-based marriage counselor.

Quote taken from ArabNews


Saudi Gazette has this to say


In 2008 there were 28,867 divorces in the country, at a rate of 80 cases every day. These cases included 24,608 cases of divorce; 1,344 cases of khula’ where a judge divorces the wife at her request after she pays the husband money; and 2,915 cases of marriage contract revocation, which takes place before the wedding.

The highest number of divorces that year was recorded in Riyadh with 8,274 or 28.7 percent, followed by Makkah Region with 7,677 cases or 26.6 percent. Al-Baha was last with only 401 cases, or 1.4 percent.  The ministry also showed that 89.5 percent, or 25,847 cases, involved Saudi men and women.

Cases with one non-Saudi party totaled 3,020, or 10.5 percent of the total number of divorce cases in Saudi Arabia.Munira, a teacher, believes that “the man is mostly responsible for the divorce, especially today’s men who are temperamental, selfish and self-absorbed. They demand a lot from a woman and do not respect her rights”.Talal Sa’ad said differences in age, culture and education, in addition to one partner being irresponsible, are the main reasons for divorce.Dr. Abdullah Bin Saif, Islamic Studies professor and a marriage official, said that parents’ intervention, and the man or woman not respecting the requirements and rights of the other are the main reasons for divorce in many cases.

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Arab “men hate women”? @MonaEltahaway

“Why do they hate us?”

With these five words in a controversial magazine article, Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy shot to fame, unleashing a devastating critique of women’s rights in the Arab world.

In the season premiere of Head to Head , Mehdi Hasan challenges Eltahawy on her views regarding the status of women in Arab states.

Are Arab or Muslim societies inherently patriarchal? And how does the narrative of Islam as sexist play into geo-politics and Western stereotypes of the Middle East?

Joining the discussion is Dr Aitemad Muhanna of the London School of Economics’ Middle East Centre; self-proclaimed progressive Imam Dr Taj Hargey; and Dr Shuruq Naguib, a British-Egyptian academic from Lancaster University.


Some of the concepts & issues explored by Mona in this video


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British help for oppression in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain

Dear Kitty. Some blog

Demonstrators protesting against a G8 summit being held in Northern Ireland, walk to BAE systems headquarters in central London, 12 June 2013. Photo: REUTERS/Olivia Harris

From Index on Censorship:

Revealed: The British exports that crush free expression

9 May 2014

The Arab Spring has not stopped Britain from helping crush free expression and freedom of assembly by selling crowd control gear to authoritarian states including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

Analysis of newly-published data on export licences approved by the UK government have revealed ministers backed over £4 million of tear gas, crowd control ammunition and CS hand grenade sales over the last two years to Saudi Arabiaone of the most repressive states in the world.

The British government also allowed crowd control ammunition to be sold to Malaysia and Oman, as well as tear gas to Hong Kong and Thailand.

It gave the green light to anti-riot and ballistic shields to four authoritarian regimes listed by the Economist Democratic Index: the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Azerbaijan

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#FreeThe4 Tips to #FF



#FF is a way of introducing others to your own friends & followers. It helps to bring together like minded people, a bit like ” Hey Friend, meet so and so”.

It’s a way of appreciating the people
who are active. #FreeThe4 community has some very active and energetic individuals and we can show our gratitude.

Furthermore, the more people we can recommend
to our friends & followers the more likely #FreeThe4 community will grow.

Give your #FF a title, like “Power Tweeps” or “Super ppl” be creative, entertaining and engaging .

Create a Follow Friday List [see previous post on Lists].

So how should you #FF

According to Alicia Cowan

If you want to send an #FF, simply add #FF (or #FollowFriday) to your message, the @name of the person you are recommending along with a genuine reason for your recommendation. Like this:

Hmm, might need to follow this Mark Shaw guy…

Good #FF

Tip: Try to include just one recommendation per message, rather than a message full of @names which is often counter productive, like this one:


So many recommendations, which should I choose??

Lots of people do the latter. You’ll rarely get a follow from a group recommendation like this one above – there are way too many choices, and Twitter is too fast for making choices. The only decision to make is whether to click on ‘that’ message or ‘this’ one, and if you’ve suggested 5 #FFs in one message you’ll be ignored or worse, labelled a spammer. Whereas, by giving a legitimate reason to follow someone people are more likely to listen.



To Summarize by

Bradley Gauthier

If you want to participate in the Follow Friday ritual, please, please, please, please, please, please, please add value!




How to Massively Increase Engagement & Influence On Twitter In One Day



#FreeThe4 Behind closed doors. Story of Munira in Saudi Arabia

 Saudi Arabia should produce statistics on Domestic Violence.

Abolish male guardianship


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Domestic violence often doesn’t just happen, it is a slow progression.

“My name is Munira and I’m 18 years old. I live in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Me, my mother and my siblings suffer a horrible situation here. We have nowhere to go except my father’s house, he beats me and beats my brother.

He thinks that we’re his property.

We shouldn’t say no to anything that he said, but when we refuse he locks the house so we can not run from him. He now took my education from me and this is my last year of high school so I can graduate and go to college. He said that I’m not gonna go to school anymore because I didn’t do what he wants.

He always threaten us. My mother can’t have a job with out his permission we can’t do anything with out his permission!

That’s the law here.

The men must accept the women’s choices, if any woman doesn’t have a man with her, means her life is over.

And it shouldn’t be any man! It should be a father or a husband only! But our father is an xxxxxxx he’s so selfish and mean!!!! He doesn’t believe in human rights.

My youngest brother is mentally retarded, my father didn’t do anything about it. My mother has  heart disease, my father threaten her that he’ll stop her treatment.

We’re locked here without money, without rights or freedom. We’re afraid that our lives can be taken from us anytime.

When my mother asked help from her brothers they kicked her and said you belong to your husband if you don’t want him then your kids will be with him and you have to find somewhere else to live.

How can we live without our mom?”



Abuse of women behind closed doors is not a PRIVATE MATTER but gobsmacking Intl CRIME fights for rights. No If’s No But’s. Wakeup


 The Guardian articles on Domestic Violence

#FreeThe4 alakhbar carries @AlanouDAlfayez plea

#FreeThe4 Banaz’ story on Honour and Sexuality in traditional culture

The violence behind closed doors



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