Facts About Female Genital Mutilation

Monday July 10, 2017 Copied from World Health Organization Website: Key facts • Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. • The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women. • Procedures can cause severe bleeding as well as complications in childbirth increased risk of newborn deaths. • About 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of FGM. • FGM is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15. • In Africa an estimated 101 million girls … Continue reading Facts About Female Genital Mutilation

Death by Stoning

By: Alexandra Kinias – Stoning is an ancient practice that was used as punishment for crimes that varied from adultery to murder, in cultures and religions that predated Islam. Greeks used stoning to punish prostitutes, adulterers and murderers. It is also documented in the Jewish Tradition via the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, and the Talmud, or Jewish Oral Law. In the Old Testament of the Bible, stoning is prescribed a method of execution for crimes such as murder, blasphemy or apostasy. [1] Although there is no mention of stoning in the Quran, the practice has since … Continue reading Death by Stoning

Women in Morocco Fight Domestic Violence with Makeup

Tuesday January 3, 2017 By Alexandra Kinias On November 23, 2016, two days prior to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the national Moroccan television channel 2M aired a tutorial on the morning women show Sabaheyat on how to conceal domestic violence bruises with makeup.  “Today we will be approaching a painful and shameful topic, but on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we’ll show you how to use makeup to conceal the bruises. It’s not a subject we want to talk about, but unfortunately that what goes on,” … Continue reading Women in Morocco Fight Domestic Violence with Makeup

Morality Police: Institutional Violence vs. Women

— By: Alexandra Kinias — Clerics with long bushy beards and fermented brains obsessed with female sexuality, I envision them gathering in dark caves in remote mountain terrains. From behind thick clouds of opium smoke, they fantasize over the memory of a woman’s scent that lingered in an empty elevator long after she had disembarked, or at a sight of toes in summer sandals seen from under a long kaftan. As they acknowledge the evilness of women’s sexuality, they draft fatwas to relegate them from the ranks of humans to a level above their domestic animals, to discipline and control … Continue reading Morality Police: Institutional Violence vs. Women

Somethings Can’t be Covered

  –By: Alexandra Kinias — It was not uncommon, when I was growing up in Egypt, to hear loud screams screeching the stillness of the hot summer nights, when people opened their windows to the cool Mediterranean breeze. Chilling sounds of women pleading to their husbands to stop or calling for help pierced the neighborhood. And by sunrise, perpetrators walked freely in the streets, as if nothing had happened, while the bruised faces you met, with eyes averted were the only proof of the heinous crime committed against women Domestic violence is a disturbing phenomenon practiced by men across cultures … Continue reading Somethings Can’t be Covered

Are Women Their Own Worst Enemies?

–By– Alexandra Kinias Misogyny, practiced for thousands of years in patriarchal societies is still widely spread in Islamic countries where women are viewed and treated inferior to men. In Egypt, a country with male dominance, misogyny is deeply embedded in the culture and forms the base for women oppression. Not only practiced by men for control, but also by women against their own kind and well being. Brainwashed from a young age that inferiority is their source of empowerment, some women advocate for their own submissiveness. On a televised religious show where audiences ask live questions, Suad Salah, Islamic scholar … Continue reading Are Women Their Own Worst Enemies?