Keep your Voices Ringing against Domestic Violence!

“We knew all along that He was hitting her’, she said.

“And you did nothing?’, I answered all perplexed.

All what I got from her was a smirk and a nod from her head.

That is what puzzles and perplexes: the ability to turn away from the atrocities of marital abuse, the constant convincing that what is happening must be emanating from the weak nature of the woman, or her incessant nagging, or even her indirect asking to be beaten up.  What adds to that is sometimes the knowledge of the whole family about what is going on between the spouses and the clear stand of what goes on in a house is strictly private.  No one has the right to step in, not even if it is a matter of life and death. In Lebanon, there is no law to protect the woman in the case of marital abuse.  None.  And that is all because of the sanctity of the institution of marriage. The man is the head of the family, therefore he has the right and duty to keep his wife in line, even if that meant beating her.

This past Sunday saw a protest against such ideas and preconceptions.  This past Sunday, women from different levels in the Lebanese society marched to end domestic violence and to appeal for the government to put in action a law protecting wives.  This is a very serious matter.  It goes beyond explanation the right to ensure that every person lives with no fear of the other, no matter who that other is.  Marriage brings people together with love and respect to their different identities and beings.  No one party has the right to force opinions or behaviors on the other.

This past Sunday, women marched, and this is going to be a long journey towards respect and freedom, so keep your voices ringing.

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4 Comments

  1. What is happening and what used to also happen before in Lebanon – domestic violence and violence at all levels- is unacceptable! Time to stop all this bloodshed!

  2. Hello and thank you for this awesome blog! I also visit your Facebook page. Thank you Katia for this post. I participated to this demonstration and will participate to others. I firmly believe that if we can criminalize domestic violence on an official level it will help us to change mentalities and the culture of violence. We need laws and education.

  3. Dear Katia, I am with you 100% and with all women who are suffering in silence. I urge all those women to stand up and raise their voices, but I know also there are many obstacles like financial dependency, lack of support of the family, State paralysis, corruption, possibility to loose one’s children, …

  4. We will pursue our fights, individually and hopefully on a national level. Thank you Katia! And thank you Red Lips High Heels for such a diversity of opinions and views and authors! We do need dialogue, not conflicts!

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