Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

The Women Worldwide Initiative

Shaima Alawadi

Violence Against Women and Me

I am the oldest of five children. Four of us are young women of color. And I can’t help but constantly worry about them and their life experiences. When it comes to violence against women, my worry grows. It is said that 1 in 4 women will experience abuse in any of its forms at least once in their life time. That means that one of my sisters, including myself would be a part of this statistic. So far, I am that statistic.

We are Shaima al-Awadi – an Iraqi-American mother beaten to death in a hate crime. This could be any one of us. And when you are a minority in any country, that probability increases. With Shaima’s face and story at the forefront of my mind this week, it would make sense that the current news on VAWA would spark my critical analysis.

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9 Responses to Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

  1. Great reblog! I wouldn’t have seen this otherwise. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  2. I am all in favor of this act, but i think the premise of violence perpetrated against Muslim women, at least in the US, is totally over the top. My wife’s whole family, 6 sisters, are Muslim and have NEVER has any problems. i think the bigger issue which most media outlets are loath to confront is violence against Muslim women by Muslim men!! Honor kililngs, beatings, and general abuse is rampant, not here is the US, maybe in Britain where the Muslim populations proportion is higher than here, but CERTAINLY in the Middle East, women are very harshly treated…Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, SAUDI ARABIA…just about any Muslim country, yet politicians are afraid to call them out, so they focus on rare occurences and blow them our of proportion. We should worry about human rights and women’s rights in the Middle East, not here at home….here at home I am more concerned with the drunk redneck that goes home and beats his wife for sport! And yes, I fear for my daughters if the culture of women as objects continues through the mass media.
    Anyway, good on you for highlighting a real problem!!! Thanks!

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  4. A soul for humanity says:

    Violence against women is wrong under all circumstances. The most violent incidents done to the Middle Eastern women were done by the US, in their war for spreading ‘democracy’.

    Domestic violence has no place in religion. Cases of violence against women can be found in all communities. In the Middle East you’ll find higher cases of domestic violence between Muslims over people of other religions simply because there are more Muslims there. However, now we have something else to look at as religion and worshipers of religion are not the same thing and so the actions of the worshiper must be judged separately from when judging the religion itself.

    In the UK, domestic violence is of a low percentage within Muslims (who make up less than 3% of the population) but even when looking at proportionate stats the cases of domestic violence is still low. This also suggests that there is a cultural role which needs to be looked at. Culture and religion need to be seperated when researching such things, or else you’re left with inaccurate information.

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