UN Women’s Egypt country office has produced a new public service announcement through its “Safe Cities: Free from Violence against Women and Girls” project to highlight threats and unwanted advances impact Egyptian women and girls. Aimed at raising awareness among both women and men, the PSA is filmed as a direct invitation to men and boys to put themselves in women’s place and to stop blaming them for sexual harassment under that very slogan: “Put yourself in her shoes, instead of finding ways to blame her!”
"Afghanistan is set to pass a law that will allow people to attack their wives, sisters and daughters without fear of punishment.
The law will stop relatives of an attacker from testifying against them — effectively silencing women who experience domestic violence, along with other members of their family who have witnessed the abuse.
If this law is approved, it will undo years of hard-won progress achieved by courageous Afghan women fighting for their rights.
Express your outrage now. Help stop this law from becoming a reality.
In a country blighted by ‘honour killings’ and child marriage, we know that most violence against women in Afghanistan takes place within the family — that’s why this law will be so devastating.
Just over two years ago, the world was shocked by the case of Sahar Gul (pictured). Sold into marriage and chained in a basement, the 12 year-old was starved, burned, tortured and sexually assaulted by her in-laws when she refused to become a prostitute for them.
When Sahar Gul was finally discovered, she was so broken she couldn’t even walk. Under the law being proposed, her abusers would likely walk free.
Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai will make the final decision about whether or not to approve this law. He’s expected to make up his mind in the next few days.
Stand with the women and girls of Afghanistan against violence and horror. Demand that President Karzai scrap this unjust law immediately.”
Happy Valentine’s Day! Are you rising?
"Talk To Her"
When you talk to her talk to her Like you’d want somebody a Talk to your mama Don’t get smart with her Have a heart to heart With her just like you Would with your daughter Cause everything you do or say You got to live with every day She’s somebody’s baby She’s somebody’s sister She’s somebody’s mama
Now when you go to her Speak truthfully Honest as you can be, from your heart You’re in a situation But you’re losing patience Take your time and look her in the eyes When you just can’t find the words you want And it’s hard to reach a point Where you both can understand Don’t just tell the truth But tell the whole truth It’ll make a better man out of you
When you talk to her talk to her Like you want somebody a Talk to your mama (Don’t get smart) Don’t get smart With her, Have a heart to heart With her, just like you would Would with you daughter Cause everything you do or say You got to live with everyday She’s somebody’s baby She’s somebody’s sister She’s somebody’s mama
It doesn’t matter if She’s wearing mini a skirt or business suit Whether she’s twenty-five or ninety-nine Treat her the way your mama taught you too She could be the queen of Sheba, she could be a school teacher A homemaker or lawyer I think it’s good for your karma If when you talk to her
When you talk to her talk to her Like you want somebody a Talk to your mama Don’t get smart with her Have a heart to heart with her Just like you would Would with you daughter Cause everything you do or say You got to live with everyday She’s somebody’s baby She’s somebody’s sister She’s somebody’s mama
Now let’s keep it real Nothing in the world will ever exist without the opposite There has to be a sun and a moon A man and a woman And that’s just the way it is Humanity excited And everybody’s fighting How do we restore the peace Mama Earth is hurting And everybody’s searching for that feminine energy You gotta talk to her
When you talk to her talk to her Like you want somebody a Talk to your mama (Watch your mouth, yeah yeah) Don’t get smart with her have a heart to heart with her Just like you would Would with you daughter Cause everything you do or say You got to live with everyday She’s somebody’s baby She’s somebody’s sister She’s somebody’s mama
When you talk to her talk to her Like you want somebody a Talk to your mama Just like you’d fight for your sister If you knew that someone dissed her How you gonna care for your daughter Turn around and talk bad about her mama Same way you listen to your auntie Never interrupt while she speaks Make your words sweet like candy As if you were talking to your granny yeah If you really love her then (say so) And If you really need her then (say so) You Love the way she thinks (say so) You love the way she speaks (say so) When you need some good conversation (say so) Say so (say so) If you want her in your life (say so) You want her to be your wife (say so) Tell her she’s your best friend (say so) (alright) You’ll be there to the end (alright)(say so) If you’re thinking about leaving (say so) If you wonder where she going (say so) If you need to be with her (say so) You just want to be with her (say so) If you love her hair (say so) If you want her there (say so) Tell me if you really want her (say so) You wanna slap her down (say so) Say so… Laughing… If you like her loving You wanna feel her hugging To fade…
My Beautiful Woman
"When dropped at the airport to catch a flight home, Erwiana says she was given 100,000 rupiah (AU $9.40) and told not to talk to anyone about what had happened to her in Hong Kong.*
According to media reports, the 23 year-old Indonesian woman had left her family seven months prior and travelled to Hong Kong to become a maid. Like many, she no doubt dreamed of earning a decent living and being able to support her family back home.
Instead, Erwiana returned to Indonesia with hands and feet bruised and infected from long-untreated wounds, a broken nose, several broken teeth, and swelling of the brain from repeated blows to the head — abuse she says was inflicted on her by her employer.
Call on Hong Kong to properly regulate the employment of domestic workers and hold law-breakers to account.
Erwiana’s job was arranged in Indonesia by one of many unscrupulous agencies. As is common, she agreed to have almost 60% of her monthly wage deducted until a ‘recruitment fee’ was paid off.
According to Erwiana, she worked 21 hours a day with no days off, was confined to her employer’s 36th-floor apartment, slept on the floor, and fed just one small bowl of rice each day.
After an attempt to escape, the beatings started. They were sporadic at first, then daily. Sometimes because she’d failed to hear an instruction. Sometimes because she’d been caught sleeping when she wasn’t supposed to be. Sometimes for no reason at all.
After seven months, there came a point where blood and pus would not stop running from Erwiana’s wounds. Her employer sent her home to avoid getting stains on the carpet.
Demand that Hong Kong introduce strict measures to protect women like Erwiana from mistreatment and abuse.
Erwiana’s story is horrifying, but it’s not an isolated incident. Each year thousands of women are tricked into working in Hong Kong under terrible conditions.
Many are lied to about the nature of their jobs, charged extortionate fees, and paid little or no money. Some have their passport confiscated and are abused. It’s a type of modern day slavery.
The vulnerability of migrant domestic workers is compounded by discriminatory labour laws and reluctant law enforcement — but with the right amount of international pressure, this could change.
Please take action today. Tell Hong Kong it has a responsibility to stop the exploitation of domestic workers.
For human rights,
Michael Hayworth Crisis Coordinator Amnesty International Australia “