[Poetry] Black and White Pictures

Updated: Jun 8, 2021

Oppression takes many forms but this post touches on the extreme violence that women face frequently. We live in a world where men and women are not perceived as equals by most. This disparity differs from culture to culture. However, violence against women is at an all-time high across the globe.

# Black and White Pictures

What is to be said

of cold cruel deaths

How do you explain

when all that remains

is news in papers

Black and white pictures

of girls who weren't safe

but still unafraid

Who did things their way

And dared disobey

If you're a woman

then it's a challenge

©2020 Huma Masood

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The Black and White Challenge also know as #Challengeaccepted began in Turkey to raise awareness against femicide there. The Turkish women, frustrated by the unchecked femicide rate and seeing a picture of a victim almost daily. Through this movement, they tried to make a point that it could be them or their dear one next.

When I read the posts of some supporters of this movement, I was not untouched by their anger and frustration.

Domestic violence is abuse or violence in a domestic setup like marriage or cohabitation. The perpetrators of the violent crimes are often someone known and related to the victims and maybe partners and ex-partners, immediate family members, other relatives and family friends too. The term 'domestic violence' is used when there is a close relationship between the offender and the victim.

The civil society doesn't like to talk about domestic abuse. Even if they do, then it's too late and too little. They talk about the person(s) who abuse(s). But it's not just the abuser's crime. There are the others, the enablers of the crime, equally responsible.

The others who don't want to get involved.

The others who are afraid to get involved.

The others who advise the victim to be patient.

Almost always it is given legitimacy by others even in the progressive cultures. Consequently, most victims continue tolerating and even accepting extreme abuse. Many believe there isn't a way out of it. That's not true.

Remember there's always another,venr w,ay ,ven if you don't see it right away!