The West Bank is not the best place for women. Women are mistreated constantly and are looked down upon by all men. They have so much expected of them such as, marrying a guy that is preplanned by their family, taking care of things around the house, keeping your virginity until marriage, being married by the age of 18, etc.. I would not suggest for anyone to visit the West Bank due to all the cruelty that is established there.
This article titled "Marriage", displayed what the normal aspects of marriage are considered in our culture. It talks about how marriage is a coming together between two people who plan on living their life together. Studies show that people who are married tend to have better health and live a longer life. They are generally happy and they can depend on one another. It is said that marriage requires great adjustment and it is like a role that has to be determined by your partners needs and wants. Divorce is a concept that is frowned upon, but still occurs. It is not the end of the world if you are divorced. Marriage is generally a happy thing that you experience with someone that you personally fell in love with. You decide who you marry and whether or not you want to extend your family by having kids.
This article deals with the story of a women named Dolores who was brutally beaten by her husband. When she went to file a complaint against him, the prosecutor basically looked at her as if she had four heads. His question that left her with no words was, "You said, 'Hit me', and he did. What do you want me to do?" She wasn't treated equally as any other person who would have come in with the same issue. She was sent back home to her abusive husband for another 8 years. When Dolores finally was able to seek appropriate help, she became a leader in her community to help others who are in a similar situation. She informed them of their rights as women and as humans. The reasons for this kind of abuse has to do with who enforces the laws. Some of the prosecutors are biased and can find a way to make it seem like it was her fault. The International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) was introduced by the US lawmakers to raise awareness for the women violence still present. This also helps gain support for these women and try to help women get the respect they deserve.
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Angelica Eichele's insight:
When I read another book, I would like to read this one because it gives examples of forbidden freedoms in someone's own household. In the previous book I read, Burned Alive, there were similar ideas of forbidden freedoms in one's culture. This is an autobiography of girl who is mistreated and I like learning about different cultures and being informed of the struggles they go through.
This is a photo of a girl who was burned because of an honor killing. Honor kilings are present all throughout the Middle East and in the West Bank where my book took place. These honor killings have multiple, unacceptable reasons for their occurance. It could be for dishonoring your family by sneaking around with a boy, not doing what your told to do around your house, or even worse, getting pregnant before marriage. Honor killings are so gruesome and terrible and there really is no excuse for them. All the people who have suffered from honor killings are innocent people who are mistreated with so much disrespect.
When Souad was seventeen she fell in love. In her village, as in so many others, sex before marriage was considered a grave dishonour to ...
Angelica Eichele's insight:
The book Burned Alive is a story about a young girl named Souad who was conceived in the West Bank. Women here are frowned upon and the men are the ones who matter. The expectations in this village are unrealistic and completely irrational. The women had to be married very young and if you were not, you were talked about. The women were mistreated whenever they did something that would upset a man or if they didn’t do something right. There was really no rhyme or reason for any of the beatings, which usually dealt with being whipped with a belt. The animals, such as sheep, were considered better than any women. The traditions they had are not what would be considered normal in any other country or village. They couldn’t make their own decisions and their life was basically made on a list of things you HAD to do or you were doomed. Their father was the one who preplanned who you married and you had to go in the order of where your age ranks in the family. Your virginity was a big deal and you were expected to save it until you were married. On your wedding day you had to present the village your blood on a towel hanging from a balcony. Therefore, if you were pregnant before getting married, like Souad, your life was almost guaranteed to come to an end. She had to spend the rest of her life living in secrecy when the man she was meant to marry left her. He had promised to be with her but she ended up realizing he was just taking advantage of her. When her parents started noticing that she was growing her stomach, her brother did the honor killing by lighting her on fire. The rest of her life she had to fake her death in the village while a lady named Jacqueline moved her out of the village into Europe where she was taken care of. Souad was later married but felt like she had to hide herself for the rest of her life.
Terres de Hommes is an international children's charity whose goal is to help children in countries who are forced to become prostitutes, soldiers, or workers. They have a couple cinema commercials focusing on the abuse of children in the form of animals. It is like an analogy showing how the children are viewed as animals and treated as if they mean nothing. They are bossed around and kicked around the dirt in a sense. A dog and a rabbit are displayed in the commercial scrabbling around in the dirt. This is their intake on showing people how children are treated just like pets and are viewed as just the same. Terres de Hommes finds all of this shocking and are on a mission to end this torture.
This video, which focused on the honor crimes in Britain, displayed how horrifying some of the cases of the mistreating of women can be. Women were constantly being killed for 'so-called' honor. Controlling the women behavior is a key to family's honor. It was dishonorable to make eye contact with a man, to put makeup on, to dress in clothes that didn't cover your entire body, wanting to end a marriage, etc.. One story that stood out was of a young girl named Nashim who wasn't allowed to leave her husband and when she called her parents they told her she had to stay with him. Divorce was considered extremely bad and no one wanted any marriage to result in that. Later, they found Nashim on fire in a garden. They called her the 'living dead' because even though she was nearly burned to death, she was still alive. Another story that stood out was one of a 17-year-old girl named Laura Wilson. Laura had fallen in love with a Muslim who had a completely different culture than her. When she challenged her husband's traditional culture, she was murdered. Laura had already had a baby at such a young age. This comes to how serious it was to their culture if anyone said something that was considered disrespectful. There is a national help line for the threatened and domestic violence that are directly related to honor. They receive about 500 calls a month, and there are about 2,823 crimes a year calculated from the data of people who responded.
This article titled "Yemeni girl, 15, burned to death by father" talks about how honor killings are established and the reasons for them in specific cultures. Women were expected to be married by the age of 18. If they had any type of communication with their fiance without the permission of their father, they were almost guaranteed a sentence to death. This type of death is considered an honor killing which is most common in rural areas that follow the tribal laws. This is likely to occur to girls of a younger age. No one who contributes to the honor killings are ever punished. The government needs to become more strict on the way it handles these unnecessary killings. The young girl Yemeni, who was only 15, was killed by her father who was 35-years-old. No one seems to know the exact date she was killed, but they realize that honor killings are a serious problem in Yemen, a very conservative country.
SURGIR is an organization dealing with honor killings in Europe. They recognize that "an honour crime results from the right to life or death that is exercised by men over women." Honor killings occur when someone dishonors their community. Some examples of dishonor are losing your virginity prior to marriage and not accepting an arranged marriage. States are expected to protect victims of domestic violence because it is apart of their fundamental human rights. They are trying to create multiple women's shelters. Active training sessions are established to pinpoint all of the problems and figure out how to go about changing and preventing them from reoccurring. The government strategy is to identify the honor violence across police departments, help victims feel open to tell people about any abuse they are receiving, and have the option of counseling and available protection centers for those victims. Another form of prevention they are going about is training people how to deal with honor crimes so more people are aware and can help.
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