The reason that people blame Rihanna or any victim of a gender-based hate crime is that the supposed protection of the patriarchy is only extended to good girls.
Please know that I recognize the need for privacy during a time of tragedy and attempted healing. But I ask that you consider how this might be a teaching moment that recognizes the sacredness of women and girls’ lives.
Arrested in 2001 for killing over 40 women and children in Swaziland, David Simelane has not been brought to trial. Women in Swaziland are particularly vulnerable to sexual assault, violence and HIV/AIDS infection.
You can show that women who suffer violence are not alone or forgotten. Sign UNIFEM’s petition against gender-based violence before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25.
Is the focus on gender-based violence at the Ecumenical Pre-Conference an encouraging sign that churches are moving past patriarchy and coming to term with a reality that affects an estimated 1 in 3 women worldwide?