Archive for the ‘ Human Rights ’ Category

Poto Mitan

At the NWSA (I feel like every post begins with this), I attended a session entitled “Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy.” Quite simply, it was a showing of the film Poto Mitan, followed by an open discussion with the filmmakers.

As I’m taking a class on Human Rights this semester, this film keep popping back into my head. I’m not sure what it is about it: Maybe the simple narration. Maybe the honest reflections of women wise-beyond-their-years on the effects of globalization. Maybe because it’s so real.

I just wanted to share. The film isn’t cheap ($29.99 for the home viewing copy), but at least take a look at the website. There is also a take action section if you are so inclined.

Somali Woman Stoned For Adultery

According to a November 18, 2009 report (that’s today!), a Somali women was stoned for adultery.

And I quote: According to reports from a small village near the town of Wajid… the woman was taken to the public grounds where she was buried up to her waist. She was then stoned to death in front of the crowds on Tuesday afternoon.”

While both she and her boyfriend were found guilty, she, as a married woman was stoned to death. He, as an unmarried man, received 100 lashes. Under al-Shabab’s interpretation of Sharia law, as stated in the article, “anyone who has ever been married – even a divorcee – who has an affair is liable to be found guilty of adultery, punishable by stoning to death,” while “an unmarried person who has sex before marriage is liable to be given 100 lashes.”

I’m not sure if these laws are fairly applied to both men and women, so I can’t automatically call “double standard!” However, it certainly shows the cultural value of marriage within Somalian society. As an outsider, I can’t step in and call for a reevaluation of cultural expectations. However, I think it can be agreed that this article shows the downside of strict religious factions as de facto political leaders.