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8 Stories of “Vanishing” Muslim Women (Slideshow)

8 Stories of “Vanishing” Muslim Women (Slideshow)
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While Muslim women aren’t simply vanishing into thin air as this graphic suggests, it seems that their rights are — if, that is, they even had any in the first place. Whether we’re talking about honor killings in Pakistan, punishment for “moral crimes” in Afghanistan, exclusion from sports and driving in Saudi Arabia, or beheadings in New York, many Muslim women face severe restrictions and abuse that peg them as second-class citizens at best, practically non-humans at worst. Here are 8 stories of women — one for each panel of the graphic above — who’ve had their basic human rights violated for the sake of upholding religious traditions. Please share their experiences. Hopefully, the more people aware of these injustices, the more who will take steps to actually stop them from happening.

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9:23AM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

The genocide of females around the world continues and surpasses the Holocaust. It would be an act of God for men to cherish the necessary duality in nature and revere women instead of perverting their perceptions of women, girls and girl babies. It seems the problem is the men and their brutality of women. Maybe we need to get rid of men altogether.

11:20AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

Susan S: You're so concerned about why we're fighting in Afghanistan when "they" treat their women like they are from the stone age. Well, we bombed them back to the stone age, and it's the American Armed Forces that has the rape problem that is so widespread that no one even knows how bad it is because 25% of women being assaulted is nowhere near all the victims reporting, because everybody knows you probably have to report the assault to the rapist. Misogyny is not confined to Islam, it's just easier to blame it on those savages instead of admitting that none of us are doing enough to admit violence against girls and women occurs everywhere and it has to stop.

11:09AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

Kathy P., I agree with you. This has very little to do with the religion of Islam, however. As a Christian Canadian woman, I greatly value the right I have to the freedom of my religion, and I strongly champion the same right for those of other religions, or those of no religion.

I am a feminist, and my studies of patriarchy around the world have shown me through my life that it's not just in Muslim countries that women are treated like shit. In fact, just like Jesus, Muhammad treated the women in his life and work very differently and more like human beings than was usual in society for his time. It's not Islam that makes Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Buffalo, New York, Afghanistan, or Thailand horrible and dangerous places for women--it's because violence against women and valuing women and girls less than men and boys is endemic in our world and religions generally.

8:11AM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

holy shit. these poor women.

10:42PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

@ Linda E, your comments intrigue me. How do I do this? I believe what you typed...and I want to do something....reading these womens stories I cried and having watched the movie The Stoning of Sorraya M I see the lies these men get away with....

10:18PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

I am appalled by this. When are the women's organizations and the UN going to stand up and do something about this type of abuse?

this has been going on for so long and no one does anything about it...why? Is everyone that afraid of muslims? better not come to my town and act like that....totally unacceptable behavior...

4:22AM PDT on Aug 4, 2012


7:14PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

I want to know WHY the USA is fighting a stinking war in a country that treats it women with such disdain and disrespect. They are treated worse than any animal has ever been and I don't understand why we are fighting to defend men to do what---behead their own wives over something as stupid as driving a car????
This "muslim religion" has NOTHING to do with worship or religion in any way ,shape or form. It is ALL about COMPLETE DOMINANCE over women.
WHY in the hell is our government encouraging this kind of behavior by fighting their stupid war for them?
If we are to continue to fight in that STONE AGE country we need to start killing EVERY MAN there , starting with the idiots they call government officials, until we kill enough of them for the women to take over and run the country. We would immediately see Peace in the country and have one of the strongest allies this country has ever known. We demand HUMAN RIGHTS from every other country we deal with why not these "so called muslim" countries? ANY HUMAN OR ANIMAL BEING TREATED THIS WAY IS A SIN IN ANY RELIGION ! This is the 21st century and is it way past time that the USA recognised this fact.

8:35PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

Linda, your sympathies and obviously careful thoughts are admirable and might even work, were these women not victimized by a stone-age religion interpreted by a stone-age culture.

Women who resist in Islam can be stoned, whipped or murdered in some very brutal ways. Have you not seen the videos of beheadings, public executions and other acts of "godly" men?

Men who treat women this way are conditioned to believe they have the "right" to do it, based on the Koran and common actions they observe from birth. A challenge to this kind of repression might result in horrible responses.

I fear for these women and wonder why the DEFENDERS OF ISLAM never, EVER express concern. They'd rather accuse me of being an "Islamophobe" or a "hater"...blah, blah, blah. We have no idea what we've lost as a species with the suppression of these women.

8:23PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

continued from Linda E. Civil war, here in US, took hold from rage, anger of one areas utter disregard for human beings. Prisoners of war are taught, when captured to : disrupt, disobey, harass, confuse, torment, rebel, annoy, your captor.Make it not worth it for them to hold you captive. Society should put EVERY KIND OF PRESSURE on these tormenting males. Eventually their pride for their image would make them stop abusing the women. Many studies have been done, and vanity and pride (which causes them to kill their sister, knowing she's innocent-to just not be embarassed) is SERIOUS PRESSURE> Now, REVERSE IT! SHAME these men for RAPE. Harass them, never let it be forgotten, publicly shame them. THen for beating a helpless female. If you have to be anonymous, POST what they did and your DISGUST, mock them. BELEIVE ME -society can change things quickly with enough pressure! Pressure turns a lump of coal into a diamond. A blade of grass Does crack concrete from the pressure in its roots pushing up. PEOPLE we CAN STOP THIS. Help these women in any way, and hinder these men, make them wish they never violated a human being. Set an example, then another and another. REVERSE THE SHAME onto them, not the women.

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