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article imageHonor Killing, Rape, Grows Worldwide from Stress, War, Economy

By Carol Forsloff     Jan 18, 2009 in World
Within the past week a Turkish family of five was sentenced by a court in Turkey to life imprisonment for the “honour killing” of Naile Erdas, 16, who got pregnant as a result of rape, activists said.
. This severe sentence, women hope, will deter people from killing women because they are thought to have brought shame on the family, even though they are innocent victims of violence. Reports indicate that honor killing has been a pattern for many years in the Middle East and means a concerted effort is needed to bring education to people so that it ends. Violence becomes the method of management in many parts of the world, even as organizations move to curb it.
As the world has become more violent, it has turned especially that way towards women. From Africa to Asia, to America’s big cities the crime of rape continues to shame, degrade and inhibit the advancement of women. Violence against women continues to be recognized as a worldwide problem with rape as the worst type of violence that can present enormous challenges for victims during war.
In Kenya women are repeatedly attacked. Women who are raped are often abandoned by their husbands and left to fend for themselves under difficult conditions. A reporter in Nairobi reported on the crisis and the plight of women who have been sexually abused. The government’s response? One of them, simply said to a victim by the name of Nancy Wanjiru, "Just pray to God for a new life. This is politics and there is nothing we can do about it."
In India as women become more visible in business and gradually more active than they used to be in all sectors of the economy, violence against women is now considered to be one of the fastest growing crimes in India.
In Iraq women are sexually abused, beheaded, shot and tortured for going to work, not wearing a headscarf and other “crimes.” Al Jazeera reported growing violence in Basra, a place that is often reported as relatively “safe” in relationship to other areas of Iraq.
In Guatemala violence against women has become so widespread and relatively unpunished that it has been reported 15 to 16 killings a day are committed and 560 women had been murdered in 2008. News media on Sunday underlined the seriousness of this problem.
Domestic problems, especially violence against women, is said to increase significantly during post-conflict periods. As various nations are at war, both during and after conflict women become targets of frustration, anger and stress related to severe problems that arise during times of difficulty. This also occurs when men return from battle, which is why the U.S. military is also seeing violence against women increasing. The Rand Corporation found 1 in 3 men in the United States returning from Iraq to have cognitive or mental health conditions. These conditions can lead to serious conflicts and violence against women.
While within many nations there are organizations to advocate for women and to prevent domestic violence and crimes against women, it remains a pervasive problem. Authorities maintain vigilance, prevention programs and education are critical during this time because of the increasing pressures of the recession and wars around the world.
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