The news has been full of horror stories lately. Heartbreaking stories of hurt, abandonment, death and destruction. ISIS, sexual slavery, domestic violence, rape, the list of terrible acts is endless.
There is Kayla Mueller, the young American woman who was held hostage by ISIS and died in captivity. She was only 26, the same age as me. Then the young Muslim women, Yusor Mohammad and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, murdered on UNC’s campus purportedly over a parking space dispute, but that many think race played a role in as well.
“Every human being should act. They should stop this violence.” -Kayla Mueller
What about the many women who die worldwide during childbirth because lack of access to medical care? Or young women with their whole lives ahead of them murdered in domestic violence disputes?
There are women devastated by rape every day. Women forced to give up their children. Women who struggle with infertility. Women discriminated against because of their life situations, sexual preferences, or simply because they are a woman. Girls who are bullied at school.
These tragedies are devastating. Women’s lives matter. To be clear all lives matter.
Female, male, Christian, Muslim, Atheist, American, Middle-Eastern,
black, white, old, young and so on. Each and every life matters. But there are many issues that affect women’s lives across the world that fly under the radar every day that need to be talked about.