Posts Tagged ‘women’

Women March in Cairo

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

“Drag me, strip me! “My brothers’ blood will cover me!” “The girls of Egypt are here!” These are a few of the angry cries heard on the streets of Cairo today, as thousands of female activists took part in what may have been the biggest female demonstration in Egypt’s history.

Recent images showing soldiers beating, stripping and kicking a female demonstrator provoked the ire of the matriarchal mass, sparking the first female-led demonstration to come to fruition since February’s successful ousting of President Mubarak.

The protest clearly had an effect, as Egypt’s ruling military council quickly offered up an apology.

“The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces expresses its utmost sorrow for the great women of Egypt, for the violations that took place during the recent events,” the council said in a statement. “It stresses its great appreciation for the women of Egypt and for their right to protest and to actively, positively participate in political life on the path of democratic transition.”

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was shocked by the recent events.

“Women are being beaten and humiliated in the same streets where they risked their lives for the revolution only a few short months ago,” Mrs. Clinton said. “Women are being attacked, stripped, and beaten in the streets. This systematic degradation of Egyptian women disgraces the state and its uniform.”

14 civilians have been killed this week, and over 700 more were injured in clashes with Egyptian military – a fact making the bravery exemplified by these empowered women all the more noteworthy.

Empowered Women Bring Peace

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Women from a Filipino sewing cooperative ended armed clashes in neighboring villages by withholding marital relations from their husbands, reports the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees. The success of the “sex strike” allowed trade roads to re-open, letting families continue rebuilding their communities.

The Filipino women’s success mirrors that of Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian mother helped end her nation’s 14-year long civil war. Sick of the suffering caused by the prolonged fighting, Gbowee united her fellow females and encouraged them to withhold sex until the fighting stopped. Eventually, Gbowee’s efforts played a major role in the signing of a comprehensive peace treaty, ushering in a lasting peace to their land.

Don’t trivialize the importance of empowered women collectively closing their legs. Anything that brings an end to violence is a great thing, even if it takes one blue ball at a time.

Saudi Women Defy Driving Ban

Friday, June 17th, 2011

In a bid for greater freedoms and equality, many Saudi women are participating in bold acts of defiance – driving a car. While the law doesn’t specifically forbid female drivers, local traditions prevent women from being issued licenses.

Today’s protest came in response to calls on social networking sites urging women to begin a mutiny against the male-only driving rules.

Senior clerics claim the driving ban protects against the spread of vice and temptation because women drivers would be free to leave home alone and interact with male strangers. (Yea, ’cause they can’t do that on foot!)

Really, the driving ban is about subjugating women and treating them as second class citizens.

Sexist, patriarchal nonsense like this cannot be tolerated if we want to bring peace to our planet. The actions of these brave Saudi women are bringing us one step closer to a more just global civilization.