Posts tagged ‘Wikipedia’

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

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February 11, 2011

Wael Ghonim – a man who offers his life for his people.

The man who has become one of the most compelling faces of the Egyptian revolution is a fascinating figure.He doesn’t want to be viewed as a hero but his story is compelling. I have been following him on Twitter but didn’t know the story of his life.

Looking at Wikipedia I see that he really is a patriot who loves his country.

Ghonim persuaded Google to allow him to return to Egypt, citing a “personal problem”.[12] After his arrival, he disappeared on 27 January 2011 during thenationwide unrest in Egypt. His family told Al-Arabiya and other international media that he was missing. Google also issued a statement confirming the disappearance. Many bloggers like Chris DiBona and Habib Haddad campaigned in an attempt to identify his whereabouts. On 5 February 2011, Mostafa Alnagar, a major Egyptian opposition figure, reported Wael Ghonim as alive and detained by the authorities and to be released ‘within hours’.[13] On 6 February 2011,Amnesty International demanded that the Egyptian authorities disclose where Ghonim was and to release him.[14]

Read the Wikipedia entry here.