“Because it’s no longer enough to be a decent person. It’s no longer enough to shake our heads and make concerned grimaces at the news. True enlightened activism is the only thing that can save humanity from itself. I’ve always had a bent towards apocalyptic fiction, and I’m beginning to understand why. I look and I see the earth in flames. Her face was nothing but red.”
- Joss Whedon, May 20 2007, Whedonesque.com
What is this about? In April, 2007, seventeen year old Du’a Khalil Aswad was beaten, kicked and stoned for 30 minutes at the hands of a lynch mob before one of her attackers launched a fatal blow to the head. It's reported thousands of men--including police--stood by, cheering her attackers on, recording the attack on cell phones.
Why? What possible reason would anyone have to kill a teenage girl? It was an honor killing. One of hundreds that occur every year. Du'a's crime? It's unclear. Dating a young man who was a member of another religious group (Sunni)? Failing to come home one night? Converting to Islam?
Now, what you can do? Check out the submission call below.
This group is creating an anthology about abuse of women, all
proceeds to go to the charity Equality Now. Nothing But Red was
founded after the news reports of the stoning death of a 17-year-old
Iraqi girl, because her family caught her in the company of a man of
a different faith. The police and onlookers did nothing - "honor
killing" is seen as acceptable there.
They are looking for submissions of artwork, poetry, essays, short
stories: "It could be an essay about honour killings, or a short
story about a woman standing up to domestic abuse, or a pem that
gives voice to women suffering oppression. We're looking for work
that explores women's issues and the need for equality."
We're writers. We can convey emotion and passion about issues. We
write for women - besides giving our readers romance novels that
allow them to escape to a fantasy world of perfect love, we can use
our skills to help make the real world better for a lot of women.
Spread the word.
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