Internationally Coming Together

Posted: December 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

by Hanna Munin

 

           Earlier this week, I saw a story on CNN that I knew I had to share with you guys. It was about a 21-year-old woman in Afghanistan who has been imprisoned for adultery. But really, this woman was raped by her cousin’s husband, and the rape resulted in a child. She was originally sentenced to 12 years in jail.  Not only that, but she was also being forced to marry her rapist. It’s been two years since her rape, and she had sat on the information that she had been raped. However through the help of lawyers, the attention of the public, the petition of 5,000 individuals to release her, and the UN her sentence has been lessened to three years, and it has also been released that it will be her decision if she would want to stay in prison for another year or go free. This story is really interesting, however what I think is the most impressive part is how this has gotten so many people’s attention and has mattered enough to people that this woman’s charges are being lessened. We hear all the time how women are raped in genocide or in wars people are unable to help because their country is in a state of conflict and it isn’t safe for people to come in and get help for those women. But Afghanistan is a place we hear about in the news all the time in the news; people are able to make a difference by simply reaching out and signing a petition. I think this shows a step in the right direction for the ending of abuse of women.  This a step in the right direction to make an international community that can bond all women of all backgrounds together to find refuge and help each other out to end the abuse of women. IF you want to read the story or watch videos on it, click here: http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/01/world/asia/afghanistan-rape-victim/index.html

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