In tonight’s news:
The woman in the photo above, Safia Ama Jan, a teacher, who taught Afghan girls secretly in her home during the rule of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and who had been head of the women’s ministry of Kandahar since the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001, was shot today in cold blood as she left her home. The Taliban has proudly claimed responsibility. It so reveres women, it must shoot all who attempt to educate women. This is just the latest in a string of murders of women working to educate girls and women in Afghanistan.
This guy, John “Woody” Woodring, who was studying for his master’s degree in counseling, broke into a domestic violence shelter last week where his wife had sought refuge and shot her to death. Police are still looking for him. He was insanely jealous, had assaulted his wife and her adult daughter and her daughter’s husband, and was married to another woman when he married the woman he murdered.
Then, not far from where Woodring murdered his wife, another man, Joel Zelaya Rivera, 25, murdered his wife, Gloria Solis-Zelaya, injuring their one-year-0ld son and leaving two little girls without their mother.
These were just the headlines today. I am very sure many more women lost their lives this week at the hands of “boyfriends” or “partners” or because they had the audacity to, for example, teach little girls and women how to read.
Unfortunately as women, we have no nation, we have no police force, we have no military and so we cannot launch any war on this terrorism which is waged against us every day, every night, and has been for millennia. More unfortunately, these acts are not even recognized as terrorism. But that is precisely what these acts are. They are acts of terrorism intended to subjugate the people of women and to keep us enslaved, intimidated, silenced.