Facts about Female Genital Mutilation

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 10 years old and … Continue reading Facts about Female Genital Mutilation

It is my Body and it seems to be Everybody’s Business: Sex in the Name of Jihad

— By: Alexandra Kinias — Over millennia, men have written the laws that controlled women lives, minds and bodies. Some of the rules that organized the daily lives of tribal communities were carried on from medieval times to modern times after been splashed with religious paint, whether written or interpreted from holy scripts by misogynist scholars. These laws condensed women’s roles to becoming sacred ornaments kept in a safe confinement or adorned a pedestal or a mantelpiece while waiting for the sacred blood of their virginity to be sacrificed on the matrimonial alter. Only death would restore a family’s honor, … Continue reading It is my Body and it seems to be Everybody’s Business: Sex in the Name of Jihad

It’s my Body and its none of your Business (Part Two)

By: Alexandra Kinias —- Whether it is fear of female’s temptation, obsession with her body, or weakness towards her influence, the church put full responsibility on Eve for bringing the Original Sin to mankind, and thus women were put on the road of redemption to pay for this unforgivable mess created by her. This notion has carried over since the beginning of time and laws and rules were made to limit and often diminish the influence of women and force them into submission; an obvious declaration of men’s weakness and insecurity. Women chastity became the driving force to control women’s … Continue reading It’s my Body and its none of your Business (Part Two)

It is my Body and it is none of your Business

By: Alexandra Kinias — Female bodies are the symbol of fertility and sexuality; a manifestation of love and loathe. They are worshiped, cursed, desired and feared. They are the source of pleasures and tragedies. In the medieval times, tribal wars started to capture and enslave women. The renaissance artists painted women in nudity, in rebellion to the influence of the church that covered them up. They inspire poets to write, plastic surgeons sculpt them to stay young and sexy, fashion designers compete to dress them up, exercise industries collect fortunes shaping and slimming them, prostitutes make a living selling them … Continue reading It is my Body and it is none of your Business

Malala Yousafzadi’s Journey to the UN

— By Alexandra Kinias — Malala Yousafzadi is a breath of fresh air in an environment polluted with gunpowder and radicalism. She is a spring blossom growing in a field of thorny bushes, only to be injured by their needles. In October 2012, on her way back from school, Malala’s school bus was ambushed by the Taliban. She was shot with one bullet, which went through her head, neck, and ended in her shoulder. The young girl was left to die, together with two of her friends who were also shot on site. She was fifteen years old. Though Malala … Continue reading Malala Yousafzadi’s Journey to the UN

Execution of Rizana Nafeek: A Slap to Human Rights

By: Alexandra Kinias Rizana Nafeek’s name might not have caught the attention of many people and unfortunately it will soon be forgotten by those who knew her story, but not by her loved ones who are still grieving her death. After being convicted of murdering her employer’s four months old son in Saudi Arabia, a crime she strongly denied, Nafeek was publicly executed and beheaded with a sword. Driven by poverty, seventeen years old Nafeek, daughter of a woodcutter, left her small village in Sri-Lanka in 2005 after landing a job as a housemaid in Saudi Arabia. She was among … Continue reading Execution of Rizana Nafeek: A Slap to Human Rights

Aliaa Magda Elmahdy Egypt’s Naked Blogger Joins Femen Protest against Mursi Constitution

By GIANLUCA MEZZOFIORE for International Business Times Egypt’s famous naked blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahdy has staged a nude demonstration along with members of the Femen radical feminist group against the planned Egyptian constitution. Elmahdy, who last year caused a controversy across the Arab world for posting nude pictures of herself online, posed naked with “Sharia is not a constitution” painted on her body along with other two Femen activists. The protest was held outside the Egyptian embassy in Stockholm. The blogger, 21, branded an Egyptian flag while her Ukrainian allies held banners stating “No religion” and “Religion is slavery”. Egypt has been … Continue reading Aliaa Magda Elmahdy Egypt’s Naked Blogger Joins Femen Protest against Mursi Constitution