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100.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 19 Mar 2009 Thu 12:58 am

 

Quoting cynicmystic

Wel, don´t be so sure about losing what has been gained...

Human history is filled with episodes of civility versus barbarity alternating non-stop... I blame human nature. One way or the other, one gender will dominate, changing positions. Men & women should have equal "legal" rights, but will they ever have "equal natures"? 

What attracts the two genders to each other are their polarity in almost everything...

 

 

 

"Legal" rights is all I want. Sure the "natures" differ not only with regard to genders but also within each gender. I´ll let myslelf daydream a wee bit today and hope for a world with balance of genders, real equality not dominance of either of them

101.       cynicmystic
567 posts
 19 Mar 2009 Thu 01:00 am

I am afraid that world is an utopia.

There are far too many of us men that love to be dominated by evil femms in heels...haha

Quoting Daydreamer

 

 

 I´ll let myslelf daydream a wee bit today and hope for a world with balance of genders, real equality not dominance of either of them

 

 

102.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 19 Mar 2009 Thu 01:10 am

 

Quoting cynicmystic

I am afraid that world is an utopia.

There are far too many of us men that love to be dominated by evil femms in heels...haha

 

 

 

Well..I know..but one may have dreams, right?

And there are still too many women who believe they deserve to be beaten, humiliated and raped just because they´re women. And too many who don´t mind knowing that other women suffer but will stick to traditional, society imposed roles Puking

103.       cynicmystic
567 posts
 19 Mar 2009 Thu 01:12 am

I shall lead those women to Victoria´s Secret store at our local mall here.

If they just don the right outfit, they may actually turn the tide around. 

Quoting Daydreamer

 

 

Well..I know..but one may have dreams, right?

And there are still too many women who believe they deserve to be beaten, humiliated and raped just because they´re women. And too many who don´t mind knowing that other women suffer but will stick to traditional, society imposed roles Puking

 

 

104.       alameda
3499 posts
 19 Mar 2009 Thu 01:34 am

 

Quoting Daydreamer

 

 

"Legal" rights is all I want. Sure the "natures" differ not only with regard to genders but also within each gender. I´ll let myslelf daydream a wee bit today and hope for a world with balance of genders, real equality not dominance of either of them

 

 Flowers  +1001

105.       femmeous
2642 posts
 20 Mar 2009 Fri 05:04 pm

Afghan women who turn to immolation

 

 Women in Afghanistan

 

Sitting in her family´s mud brick home, Shanas recalled the day she set herself on fire.

The 16-year-old doused her legs in petrol and then with a match set the fuel alight.

"The next thing I remember was waking up in the hospital surrounded by my family. That was three or four days later."

From what Shanas says it is unclear what drove her five years ago to take such drastic action.

She may have been unhappy about her engagement during that period.

But what is clear is that her story is one that is repeated across Afghanistan.

Lack of freedoms

Self-immolation among women has the highest recorded levels in Herat province (although many other provinces provide no data on the subject).

Most of the women are in their teens or early 20s and are recently or soon-to-be married.

Experts suggest that a combination of poverty, illiteracy, domestic violence and lack of freedoms continue to drive this decades-old trend.

While the Afghan constitution - written after the fall of the Taleban in 2001 - enshrines equal rights for men and women, much of the country remains conservatively entrenched.

At the burns centre of the provincial hospital in Herat, Dr Mohammed Jalili knows more than most about this gruesome practice.

He says he has seen more than 80 cases of women committing self-immolation in the past year. The majority of these women have died from their injuries.

"Many of the women and their families say ´it was an accident´," he says. "It´s their way of hiding their shame about the act."

But Dr Jalili says the cases are often easy to detect. Apart from the extent of burns, one tell-tale sign of an act of self-immolation is that there are no burns on the arm used to pour the petrol.

Shocking response

At the hospital, Dr Jalili was treating two women. He had operated on 20-year-old Anargol three times, including a skin graft operation on her badly scarred neck.

Anargol says she had committed self-immolation after arguing with her husband.

When asked whether she had a message for other women, she had a shocking response.

"Don´t burn yourself," she said, lying on her hospital bed. "If you want a way out, use a gun: it´s less painful."

It was an absolute cry of despair, and something rarely heard from women in this deeply conservative society.

But according to Soraya Balaigh, director of the provincial department for women´s affairs, it is an emotion that many women relate to.

"Pressure is often put on these women by their husbands or the mothers-in-law," she says.

"Violence is common and many women are desperate. I had a woman in this office who begged me to kill her here rather than send her back."

But there are some women who think that small steps are being made in the field of women´s rights.

To mark International Women´s Day in March, an arts and crafts fair was held in the city, with all the items made and sold by women.

Hundreds of people visited the fair selling an array of items, including jams, oil-paintings, religious sayings carved in wood and wedding cakes bedecked in decorations.

"I wanted to show that women can do some things better than men," says the organiser, Kandigol. "We want to have the same rights as men."

But Kandigol, like many women here, is realistic enough to know that this is wishful thinking at the moment.

Some will continue to feel isolated and desperate. And a few will decide to make a terrible, painful escape - and set themselves ablaze.

 

Kandigol

106.       alameda
3499 posts
 20 Mar 2009 Fri 07:47 pm

 

Quoting femmeous

Afghan women who turn to immolation

 

 

 Here is an organization that helps Afghan women.....

 

Kandahar Treasure

 

Mission


At Kandahar Treasure, we are dedicated to reviving the rare and unique embroidery of Kandahar and empowering women in the process.”

We are successfully accomplishing our mission by :

Giving economic independence to women who are home-bound – an important first step in the attainment of their rights and freedom;
Exposing the art form of Kandahar embroidery to a national and international audience;
Giving women an opportunity to provide financially for themselves and their families;
Enhancing the value of a woman inside her home through her income;
Raising awareness among women of Kandahar about the importance of contributing to the family financially and of economics in the society at large;
Sharing information on a range of topics, including educational opportunities for women and children, social events for women, government-sponsored and NGO programs, and health and hygiene education that is not otherwise available to the majority of participants in Kandahar.

107.       CANLI
5084 posts
 20 Mar 2009 Fri 08:02 pm

 

Quoting femmeous

Afghan women who turn to immolation

 

 And here is the link

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7942819.stm

108.       femmeous
2642 posts
 20 Mar 2009 Fri 08:08 pm

 

Quoting CANLI

 

 

 And here is the link

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7942819.stm

 

 ah and that was very important.

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