Black and White Challenge

Oppression continues to happen mostly because the others look the other way.

The others who don't want to get involved.

The others who are afraid to get involved.

The others who advise to be patient.

If you can’t help, don’t ruin a life by asking the victim to be patient every time.

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.

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 may be 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.

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 this. That's not true.

Remember there's always another way

even if you don't see it right away!

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.

I had to pen down my thoughts and share with other supporters of the Turkish movement, the gender equality principles and the champions of social justice.

# 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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