Event Attended: Women’s Month Seminar
One of the issues we discussed as a classroom was on how violence against women has become a global problem. Women have endured physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner or another male. For example, In Afghanistan and some African countries girls, some as young as 8 years old are forced into marriage and have experienced physical, psychological, or sexual abuse. In Pakistan, women undergo domestic violence throughout their lifetime. Every year an event called “honor killing” takes place where a family member, almost always a female, who is considered to have shamed the family by being rape victim or has been suspected in engaging in premarital or extramarital sex is killed. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, approximately 1,100 women are raped every day by soldiers, strangers, and intimate partners. In certain countries like Africa, Indonesia, and the middle east women undergo a procedure that removes the female external genitalia. The person that typically does this is an elderly village woman who uses the knife or any sharp object and doesn’t administer an anesthetic. This is done so girls won’t have sexual desires, preserves her virginity, and won’t have premarital sex. This procedure is very pain fun and should be illegal. Some complications that these women might face are hemorrhaging to death, a rupture that causes continued dribbling of urine or feces for the rest of their lives, severe pain during sexual intercourse, and death during childbirth.
Evidence: I won your book in the raffle you placed towards the end of the seminar we had.