In my last post, I informed you that I am home sick. Now, from my partially upright position I bring you a bit of the news.
If you own a radio, TV, or computer and use them regularly you have probably heard about the woman in India who was violently raped on a bus. A horrific event, it has managed to lead to a positive movement in a nation long beholden to gender inequality in the law. Protests have broken out across the country, an event that is being described as “an unprecedented moment in India’s history” (Guardian).
Another moment revealing the strength of women under incredible duress comes from Pakistan, where a girl by the name of Malala Yousufzai was shot by the Taliban for “Western thinking,” and has subsequently become an international symbol for women’s rights (USAtoday). She has recently been released from the hospital.
The saddest moment in the battle for respect and fair-treatment of women comes close to home. A video surfaced of a group of high school students in Steubenville, OH laughing at the rape of a 16 year-old girl. While it’s easy to acknowledge that the Taliban doesn’t have a foothold in the US, that doesn’t indicate that the culture of disrespect or abuse has vanished. It is a world-wide battle in every sense of the phrase, and shouldn’t be ignored or overlooked.