Half The Sky Roars…
Ladies in France have done it first a few days back, as they took to the streets, protesting the violence against women. Then, their Lebanese counterparts held an anti-Government protest march in Beirut on November 22. Now, Women have started raising their voice in Russia, Sudan, Guatemala, Turkey and other parts of the world! Although their countries and languages are different, the social structure have brought these women closer, as they have declared a war against centuries-old oppression (or male domination)!
In its latest report, the UN has stated that 87,000 women and girls were murdered in the world in 2017! Women in France staged protests against violence against them in major cities a couple of weeks ago. Coming under pressure, the French Government announced that doctors would inform the concerned authorities in case they came to know that a woman was tortured. The Government also assured that physically and mentally-tortured women would receive all sorts of medical help in France!
Protests in France
As the Global Community marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, more than 2,000 women took part in a protest rally in the Turkish capital of Istanbul. The Police reportedly used tear gas and plastic bullets to bring the situation under control…
The women of Russia, too, took to the streets on November 25, demanding an end to violence against them! They held a massive rally in Moscow, asking the Government to pass a Special Bill for protecting the women. The Sudanese women marched in Khartoum to mark the International Day for Eliminating Violence against Women, in the first such rally held in the northeast African country in decades, on November 25. Apart from chanting “Freedom… Peace… Justice“, they, dressed in orange, also carried banners that read: “Women’s revolution continues” and “We are the revolution, we are the change”!
Protests in Russia
Similar protests were seen in the Spanish capital of Madrid. At least 52 Spanish women have been murdered by their husbands or partners so far this year! And, the number is 117 in France. Lights of the Eiffel Tower were switched off for a minute at midnight to commemorate the International Day for Eliminating Violence against Women. On the occasion, French Prime Minister Édouard Charles Philippe said that the protest rally would prove an “electric shock”, stressing that the Government would take adequate measures in an attempt to broaden the definition of violence against women! Due to the pressure by the Feminist Movements, the South African Government, too, has promised to remove Gender Discrimination from the country…
Protests in Spain
Aysha Taryam, the 32-year-old Editor of the English-language daily ‘The Gulf Today‘, rightly said: “If we are to fight discrimination and injustice against women, we must start from the home for if a woman cannot be safe in her own house then she cannot be expected to feel safe anywhere.”
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