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[16 Days of Activism] Stop Violence Against Women

          16DOA

          You enjoy your full rights…
          Now I want to enjoy mine
          I am a human
          You must help me.
          Stop violence against me.

          Do not tell me you are weak.
          You are strong enough to beat me, to blame me for being a woman
          You try to buy me with your money,
          Or exchange me as baad to solve an argument
          This is your job: allow me to go to school,
          Let me work for my community,
          Permit me to choose my life partner
          Stop violence against me.

          This is what you must do:
          When a woman reports sexual abuse to police,
          Do not call it adultery; protect her and arrest the criminal
          Stop the violence against her.

          Forced marriage is violence,
          Exchanged marriage is violence,
          To be denied financial resources is violence,
          Harming my emotions is violence,
          Ignoring my rights is violence.

          Many women are together with me
          Working to stop violence in our world
          When you harm women
          You damage yourself and our country
          Stop Violence
          Stop Violence

          Stop Violence.

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          This post was written by Seeta and originally appeared on the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. Republished with permission.

          The Afghan Women’s Writing Project was founded in 2009 in defense of the human right to voice one’s story. Poems & essays by Afghan women are published online at awwproject.org.

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          One Response to [16 Days of Activism] Stop Violence Against Women

          1. Ladke to humesha Ladke hi Rahenge…..
            Kyuki Nahi Ban Sakte woh Ladkiyan….
            Jo aati Hain is Jahan mein….
            Ban ke anchahi icchha….
            Lekin Jab wo saabit karti hain khud ko…
            Tb har koi Daba leta hai ..
            Daanto tale apni Ungaliyaan….
            Aaj kya-kya nahi karti hai Ladki…..
            Chaddh Gayi pahado par… parcham Fahraya….
            Aasmaan ko Bhi Tilak Lagaya…
            Are Samundar ko Bhi Naa Chhoda jisne….
            Saath hi Savaarati Apne Ghar Ki kaaya….
            But Ladke inme se Ek hi Kshetra mein….
            bana paate hain Apni Pahchaan…
            Fir Bhi Naa Jaane kyu….
            In Titaliyon Ko nahi milta hai…
            Unke hisse ka samman…????????

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