Friday, November 30, 2012

Violence Against Women Martyrs - Stang, Gorrosteita, and Malala

by Cecilia Brainard

I'm thinking of some of the women who have been killed for defending what they believed was right.

Sister Dorothy Stang, an American nun, was murdered in Anapu, in Brazil, for her efforts in protecting the poor and the environment. She had received death threats from loggers and land owners, and was gunned down on February 12, 2005.  There is a documentary, They Killed Sister Dorothy, about her death and her brother's efforts to find justice. Unfortunately the rancher suspected of ordering the killing, even though convicted in 2010 and sentenced to 30 years in prison, was granted a Habeas Corpus by the Brazilian Supreme Court and freed in 2012.

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A few days ago, Mexican Mayor Dr. Maria Santos Gorrostieta became still another victim of the Mexican drug cartel.  She had survived two assassination attempts, but the third attack left her beaten, burned, tortured and dumped by a roadside. She had been driving her child to school at 8:30 in the morning when she was ambushed in the city of Morelia. In front of witnesses, she was physically assaulted; she had begged for her child to be spared; they took her away, leaving the child wailing. This happened on November 12, 2012.

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There are many other instances of violence against women who have stood up to what they believe is right, including the young Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafrai, who was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban, simply because Malala spoke up for women's education. She survived and is recovering in London with her parents.

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When will this violence end?

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