– Honor killings are a thing
What is honor killing? Honor killing – a form of
punishment, when a member of a family (girl) is murdered by another one due to
a “shameful” (usually, loosing virginity before marriage or marrying someone
who was not approved by parents) act by the victim upon their family/community.
Nowadays, honor killings are often associated
with countries in North Africa and Middle East. But in countries like Jordan an
Iraq the legal system tacitly approves of honor killings, which is a huge
problem. For sure, the steps are taken to stop honor killings, but the problem
is also in the subordinate role women plays in society. According to a 2013
study, nearly half of Jordanian boys and 20% of girls believe that killing a
woman in the name of honor is justifiable.
And to all the women that are being shamed for
being sexually active, please remember that your virginity is no indication of
your quality unless you are olive oil.
– Female genital mutilation
FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) – includes procedures that partially
or totally remove female genitalia or cause injury to it for NON-MEDICAL
reasons. Traditional circumcisers usually carry out the practice. FGM is
internationally recognized as violation of female’s human rights.
In most cases, FGM is made under unsanitary conditions which lead to
problems with health such as hepatitis ? or even HIV. Besides physical trauma they have
plenty of mental issues to deal with.
8 – Catcalling
Catcalling – leaving verbal comments, whistling, honking, kissing
noises, staring, groping, stalking women and girls in public places. According
to an online survey held in 2008, OVER 99% of 811 participants (females) told
that they had experienced some form of street harassment.
After being catcalled a lot of women blame themselves for wearing
“inappropriate” clothes, feel themselves uncomfortable, threatened and scared.
7 – Rape
It is very difficult to find the real statistics about raped women,
because a lot of cases are unreported/not taken seriously by people. According
to statistics, 91% of rapes are NOT REPORTED. Women may not report because of
being afraid slut-shaming and victim-blaming. In some countries where
premarital sex and adultery lead to death penalty/honor killing reporting rape
can be even dangerous. Due to a survey, in the United States of America, a
woman is raped every six seconds!
6 – Victim blaming
Victim blaming is an act where the victim of a crime, an accident and
etc. is held as wholly or partially responsible for the wrongful conduct that
was committed against them. Plenty of women are being victim blamed after
telling people who surround them that they were raped or sexually harassed.
Usually, people ask victims questions like “What were you wearing?”, “What else
were you expecting?”, “Why were you walking alone?”, “Why weren’t you at home
at night?”, meanwhile rapist are not asked these questions.
Victim-blamers need to understand that when they blame victims they
5 – Slut shaming
An act that includes shaming women for being sexually active or
“behaving” in a way that says something about her sexual life is called
slut-shaming. It’s a huge problem because women’s sex lives and sexuality are
matters of their own choice and isn’t anyone else’s business. Women’s appearance is being criticized (often
by men) for being too sexual. They are also often blamed for being
victims/survivors of rape. Both of the examples are used in order to dominate
and control women and make up rape culture.
4 – Forced prostitution
A lot of women are sold into slavery, beaten and forced into
prostitution these days. Once traffickers or pimps effectively bring their victims
into the system of prostitution, keeping
them alive takes minimal effort. And the women remain stuck in the destructive
cycle of a lifestyle of prostitution. Sex trafficing exposes them to increasingly dangerous situations, damaging them
physically and mentally, destroying their self worth. Due to statistics, every
two minutes a child is being prepared for sexual exploitation in the US.
3 – Women are defined mostly
Women are under pressure of society that literally tells them what to
wear, which size to have and what to look like. Women are told to have perfect
body shapes and flawless skin, meanwhile men are percieved the same sort of
pressure to «loose weight, get ripped».
2 – Child marriages are still
Nearly 40000 of girls are wed before they are 18
daily. These girls are below 15 years in 36% of cases. And due to the
statistics, child marriages end up having a larger risk and frequancy of
sexual abuse domestic violence compared
with marriages between adults. With little
access to education and economic opportunities, they and their families are
more likely to live in poverty.
1 – Because men decide
what should happen to women’s bodies
In 2017 there are still six nations – the Holy See, Malta, Dominican
Republic, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Chile – do not allow abortion under any
circumstances. 13 countries have such tight controls upon abortion
that for many women it is an impossibility. And all of these laws are made up
by representatives of male gender. That means that men still don’t get that
«Women’s body – women’s choice».