What it truly means to be a feminist.

What being a feminist truly means?

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Although we have come a long way from where we started, we still have miles to go. People refuse to acknowledge the crimes against women. The abuse goes by unnoticed or is ignored whether it is physical, emotional, psychological or sexual. Women are taught from very young age to keep the horrifying stories of harassment to themselves.

Instead of supporting a few victims who are brave enough to come out and tell their stories, we accuse them, shame them, degrade them, and humiliate them until they shut their accusing mouths. Even in this day and age a victim is asked the details of their outfit in which they were raped because apparently, the outfit is the real culprit, not the rapist. Instead of praising Malala Yousufzai for her courage and strength and the fact that she stood her ground in the face of adversity, people (men in particular) from her own country continuously try to defame and discourage her. They found her dressing in Oxford University more objectionable than her being shot in the head for going to school.

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I also blushed with shame when people got angry at Sharmeen Obaid Chinoey when she won an Oscar for making a documentary about honor killings in Pakistan (insert picture). She showed the world the truth and the ‘patriots’ got angry at her for defaming Pakistan but not half as much outrage is obtained from them when a woman is murdered in broad daylight for marrying a person of her own choice.

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These examples are of prominent, famous women but in every little household, every work place, every bus station and every bedroom women face severe oppression. According to the statistics Between 15 and 76 percent of women are targeted for physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime and are asked to keep quiet about it. According to the available country data. Most of this violence takes place within intimate relationships, with many women (ranging from 9 to 70 percent) reporting their husbands or partners as the perpetrator. Across the 28 States of the European Union, a little over one in five women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence from a partner. In India, 8,093 cases of dowry-related death were reported in 2007; an unknown number of murders of women and young girls were falsely labeled ‘suicides’ or ‘accidents’.In Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa and the United States, between 40 and 70 percent of female murder victims were killed by their intimate partners.Pakistan is among those countries where 70% women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime by their intimate partners and 93% women experience some form of sexual violence in public places in their lifetime.

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The sad part is that many cases go unreported, many accusations go unacknowledged. So, keeping the horrible incidents in mind we all must support feminist because it is not a privilege for women, it’s an initiative to survive in this male-dominated society.

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