February 22, 2013

The Importance of Men Seeing Women as Human Beings

After a weeklong hearing, a South African magistrate granted Oscar Pistorius bail today. In this case, it’s too early to know if Reeva Steenkamp was one more victim of intimate partner violence, or victim of a trigger-quick man afraid of burglars. On the day she was killed One Billion Rising organized what it called the biggest global action ever to end violence against women and girls. Events in 207 countries aimed to draw in one billion women and men worldwide to dance and raise their voices on behalf of one billion women on the planet who are raped or beaten in their lifetime. People rallied and danced for Jyoti Singh Pandey in New Delhi and for Anene Booysen in Cape Town. In Steubenville, a flash mob descended on the courthouse steps, for the unnamed high-school girl.

If worldwide awareness and outrage lead to sustained action—changed behaviors by men and boys, arrests and prosecution for rape and gender-based violence—then maybe everyone finally gets the message. Women and girls are not bodies to be mauled and dragged around.

Read more. [Images: Reuters, AP]

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