It is surprising that in a world where freedom and human rights are held as condiciones sine quibus non  to peaceful co-existence, the war against the person and dignity of women seems to be thriving and annoyingly its  is growing unchecked.

Almost every week we hear of inhumane acts committed against women in the world, ranging from rape, assault, murder,  etc simply because they are women.

Last week Friday there was a shooting rampage in Isla Vista, Calif by Elliot Rodger’s and the reason for this, is his perceived idea that girls reject him. In his words he says:

“I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me but I will punish you all for it,” the killer warned, according to a transcript of his now-removed YouTube video, “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution.” “It’s an injustice, a crime because I don’t know what you don’t see in me, I’m the perfect guy and yet you throw yourselves at all these obnoxious men instead of me, the supreme gentleman. I will punish all of you for it … On the day of retribution, I am going to enter the hottest sorority house at UCSB and I will slaughter every single spoiled, stuck-up, blond slut I see inside there.”

Also, yesterday a  25 years old Pakistan pregnant woman identified as Farzana Parveen was stoned to death by nearly 20 family members for marrying a man against the families decision.

Arranged marriages is the norm among conservative Pakistanis, and it is on record that  hundreds of women are murdered every year in so-called honor killings carried out by husbands or relatives as a punishment for alleged adultery or other illicit sexual behavior.

Also we know of Meriam Ibrahim who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to denounce her Christian faith. She has been in prison for over 4 months shackled to the floor of a cell.

At the point of her sentence she was  pregnant but she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl yesterday morning.

Back home in Nigeria we are aware of the over 200 secondary school students who were kidnapped last month by Hoko Haram.

These inhumane treatments  infringe on women’s inalienable rights.

We have to shout from the roof tops- both males and females- that women have a

Right to life

Right to religion

Right to marry a husband of their choice

Right of expression

Right to be woman

Right to have children

Which ought to be recognized, respected, protected and defended

We all have to, in our little way to fight for the rights of women, these affected women may not be our mothers and sisters, but if we love and respect our mothers and sisters then we should realize that they are all the same and they too need our love and support.

Martin Luther King Jr once said, “our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter

The war against women matters lets not keep silent.



imagesReeva Steenkamp. Image courtesy of eonline.com.
BY Nwachukwu Joshua

With the news of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp in South Africa still fresh in our minds, we recall several other sexual abuse related deaths which have also made headlines: Cynthia Osokogu of Nigeria, Lama Al-Ghamdi of Saudi Arabia, Anene Booysen of South Africa, and Singh Pandey of India, among others. Already it has been predicted that by 2016 one billion women will have been violated in different forms all over the world. Feminist and human rights activists are using this platform to demand better legislation, which would protect women against violence; and for the provision of stiff penal sanctions, to serve as a deterrent to potential offenders. Particularly, in Nigeria, they are demanding that the Violence against Persons Bill, which has been on the floor of the National Assembly, since 1999 (more than 14 years) should be passed.

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