Friday, October 03, 2014

It is Time for Women in the U.S. to Stand up for our Counterparts in the Middle East and Africa

Societies that treat women badly, are dangerous societies.--Condi Rice
--Rayhaneh Jabbari was 19 when she stabbed a man who tried to rape her.  Below is a summary of what happened:
Jabbari, who worked as a decorator, was convicted of the 2007 fatal stabbing of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry. Jabbari, who was 19 at the time, has long maintained Sarbandi drugged her and tried to rape her after the two met at a café and she agreed to go to his office to discuss a business deal.

Sarbandi took Jabbari to a rundown building in a remote location, according to her supporters. Once there, he offered her a fruit drink which forensic tests conducted by the police determined contained a date-rape drug, according to human rights advocates.

Jabbari allegedly stabbed Sarbandi in the shoulder with a small pocket knife and fled, while Sarbandi bled to death.

Human rights advocates say the case shows the brutality and intolerance of Iran’s penal system.
--As a result of defending herself, she was sentenced to death.  Apparently, she was supposed to let him rape and kill her, especially since she is a woman.

--Liberal women here in the U.S. always claim to be for women's rights.  Yet, when it comes to the horrible circumstances that women are subjected to in the Middle East and Africa, these same women are silent.  The argument is that we shouldn't interfere in other countries' affairs.

--As a woman, I think it is time we stand up and fight against the unfair treatment of women, whether it be here or overseas.

Ways to Help:
-Aha Foundation
-MEPI
-The Status of Women in the Middle East and North Africa

Below are some examples that I have blogged about in the past:
-Girls being subjected to marriage at the age of 10
-Women being sentenced to death for marrying out of their religion
-Women sentenced to death by stoning for allegedly committing adultery
-Woman journalist held in prison in Iran for alleged espionage

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