Jan 12 2009
Interesting juxtaposition of the Palestinian flags at the protest on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery this weekend, below a giant poster promoting the art of the feminist revolution.
As the Palestine Monitor (most definitely NOT part of the CanWest media empire) will tell you, Palestinians have a serious issue to address in their own civil society irrespective of the current conflict with Israel:
The women of the West Bank and Gaza strip also face more a personal and hidden danger. This danger is far less documented than the ongoing Israeli human rights violations, and is a danger that Palestinian society is far less willing to challenge. It leaves Palestinian women humiliated, maimed, and sometimes dead. This danger is physical, sexual and psychological domestic abuse.
Violence against women in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) is widespread and chronic, yet it remains under the radar. Women find it difficult to report abuses because there is little or no legal framework in place to protect them – and because the “honor” of their families is considered more important than the crimes committed against them.
The challenge for both Israelis and the Palestinians is determining what kind of societies they want to have in a post-war environment. Particularly for Palestinian women, these questions can’t be left to wait for final-status talks on the future Palestinian state.