by Samantha Ritchie Women are half the world’s population and we work two thirds of the world’s working hours. Even though we work more hours we only receive 10% of the worlds income and own less than 1% of world property. Even though we have made some …

Samantha Ritchie

by Samantha Ritchie

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Women are half the world’s population and we work two thirds of the world’s working hours. Even though we work more hours we only receive 10% of the worlds income and own less than 1% of world property. Even though we have made some progress when it comes to equal rights the gap between men and women in so many aspects of life is staggering.

When it comes to violence against women the statistics still remain devastating. Violence amongst women aged 15 – 44 causes more death and disability worldwide than cancer, war, malaria and traffic accidents. Again, at least 1 in 3 women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex or abused in her lifetime.

These statistics are horrifying and this is why, women activists campaign for equal rights in different countries around the world. For example, FEMEN campaigns for women rights around the world.

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Recently, Amina Sboui, a Tunisian FEMEN activist, posted topless pictures of herself with “my body belongs to me” written on her stomach. Amina Sboui did this to protest against the treatment of women in her country. Amina was later jailed for writing the name of a Ukrainian FEMEN activist on a cemetery wall and undermining public morals.

Amina is currently in prison, awaiting trial with no date set. While in in prison, guards have pressed charges for insulting and defaming them during the course of their duties. Amina has defended her actions by claiming that her cellmate Rabia was beaten and mistreated by four guards. Amina also alleges that her cellmate was forced to stand in the sun for five hours for refusing to salute prison guards. Even in jail, Amina is continuing the fight to stand up for women’s rights. Amina has spoke out against the mistreatment of women in the prison, “I am being tried, because I condemned the torture of detainees and the violence used against them.

In India, the verdict of the trial of the Delhi bus gang rape is being delayed. The verdict was supposed to be released today but has been pushed back further to the 5th August. The ordeal in which this young women went through before her death was inhumane and wrong. However, the sentence in which these men will receive will not be enough for brutally murdering a young women. And, as one of the men is 17, if he is found guilty the maximum he will receive is a 3 year sentence.

Since the attack, there has been widespread protests in India with many people outraged at the attacks which are taking place in the country. Recently, three men have been arrested for kidnapping and raping a five year old, which again has enraged many citizens of India and want justice for the family.

Last year, in the first six months of the year there were 330 reported rapes in New Delhi. Since the beginning of 2013, there has been 806 reported rapes.

The inequality women face on a daily basis is incomprehensible. The fight for women’s rights must continue. Activists must continue to demonstrate on the streets to stand up for women’s rights, not just in India or Tunisia but everywhere around the world.

 

 


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