Archive for ‘rape’

February 16, 2012

ORAM – Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration – Video Campaign

ORAM, the organization that works to help LGBTI people life in unsafe countries to find safety elsewhere in the world. On their site they describe their mission:

ORAM provides clients with free legal counseling and assistance, including representation at UNHCR proceedings. We assist refugees through their passage to safety, often until they are permanently resettled in new countries.

Visit their website here.

The organization has released a series of  narration free animated videos telling the  personal stories of what the reality of life is for LGBTI people living in hostile environments. Deeply thought provoking and maddening. The countries featured  in these three videos ( in order ) are Jamaica, Iraq and Iran.  A warning – although they are animated some of the images are disturbing.

JAMAICA

IRAQ

IRAN

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April 4, 2011

The ugliness of ‘eve teasing’ in Bangladesh.

Via Uncultured Project

I subscribe to a pretty broad range of  feeds that expose me to things I might not normally know about. This evening I learned about a troubling phenomenon in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal  called ‘eve teasing’. Wikipedia describes it in this way:

Eve teasing is a euphemism used in India and sometimes Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal for public sexual harassment, street harassment or molestation of women by men, with eve being a reference to the biblical Eve.

The Uncultured Project spoke to a few women in Bangladesh about it.

The video’s description gives a bit of background on ‘eve teasing’:

“It’s a great, great, GREAT psychological torture because it makes us so weak. We feel so weak. We feel so repressed.”

Recently Bangladesh made headlines after a 14 year old girl was raped and then stoned to death by religious fatwa. Sadly, while these aren’t an everyday occurrence, they are more common than most people think.

In this video, I share a conversation I had with some women (some of whom were local lawyers) about a problem called “Eve Teasing”. Eve teasing is a euphemism for verbal and physical harassment of women by men. Sometimes it can even lead to rape.

There was a lot of discussion – I couldn’t translate everything. But I hope this gives a picture of a part of Bangladesh that many women have to face. It’s a problem, these women at least, feel the middle class bear the most