Nov 272007
 

While it is truly heartwarming to read all the statements recognizing the 16 Days of Action Against Gender Violence, we’d prefer it if they aren’t quite as full of bird guano as this one from the Organization of the Islamic Conference:

“The secretary general of the OIC has urged the implementation of all necessary means to confront and end violence against women.

Akmal Aldin Ehsan Oghloo, the Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), made the remarks in a statement on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Sunday.

Unfortunately most women especially the ones living in developing countries and underdeveloped ones are still facing discrimination, social cruelty and violence, he said.

In recent years, the condition of the women residing in the OIC’s 75 member countries has remarkably improved, he added.”

Presumably he wasn’t referring to any of the following countries, all of which are members of the OIC:

Jordan: “A quarter of all women killed in Jordan for having an illicit relationship die merely because they were suspected of involvement in such a relationship, while only 15 per cent are killed after adultery is proven, a study by UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) has revealed.”

Iraqi Kurdistan: “Ninety-seven women were burnt to death and 27 others killed in the three Kurdish provinces during the past four months, the human rights minister in the Iraqi Kurdistan region revealed.”

Quatar: “63% of those surveyed were found to be victims of beating, while 52 cases of “strong violenceâ€? like rape and about 120 cases of sexual harassment were recorded. “During the course of study, I discovered that women’s cultural values are affected because they accept the violence and did not speak about it in public; they kept it to themselves,â€? she said.
According to her findings, some 50 women have tried to commit suicide due to this “culture of silenceâ€? among the victims.”

Morocco: “More than 96% of the cases of violence against women are committed by an intimate partner, according to a survey conducted by the Democratic League of Women’s Rights (LDDH), released on Sunday on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.”

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