In an article in the Guardian newspaper this week I argue that the current campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence overlooks the lax security that leaves Arab women at risk from militias and police unable to protect them. The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘let’s challenge militarism and end violence against women’. Yet neither the theme nor narratives come close to recognising the way in which the absence of human security and rule of law is creating a perfect environment for the perpetuation of violence against women in Arab countries that have experienced tumultuous change.
Read the full article on the Guardian Poverty Matters blog and visit the Interactions website for more background, news and research on gender-based violence. You can read more about the disconnect between the current international discourse on gender based violence and women’s realities on the ground in ‘Arab transition’ countries in the two articles on the OpenDemocracy website: Women’s human security rights in the Arab world: on nobody’s agenda and The invisible men with arms.
Mariz Tadros is a Research Fellow in the Participation, Power and Social Change research team at IDS.
Read other recent blogs by Mariz Tadros:
- Egypt: Growing anger with western opinion
- Missing the pulse of Egypt’s citizens?
- Shaming the shameless: the politics of sexual assault in post-Mubarak’s Egypt exposed
- Craking the code behind Egypt’s NGO crackdown
- On International Women’s Day: a tribute to the men who risk their lives for gender justice