“Men you beat up to death; women you rape ﬁrst and then you let them die. It’s the way things have been since the dawn of time and these stories no longer make the news.” [watch the video above]
That’s an extract from the speech by Serena Dandini and Maura Misiti that Amanda Palmer, one of my favourite performers, delivered to the United Nations for the International Day to End Violence against Women last month.
Amanda, some of you may recall, was in one of the videos i insisted you watch as part of my Sex, Miley Cyrus, Amanda Palmer & Me blog. I admire Amanda because she’s pro women making choices for themselves which is more realistic than radical feminism that, like politics, too often relies on hating the other side in order to gain power.
Amanda said, of her moment at the United Nations, “I felt so incredibly small in the face of what we were trying to talk about, to fix. It felt like balancing at the tip of en evil iceberg.”
And it is a tip of the iceberg as these facts from her blog about it (read the full version here):
- 1 in 3 women worldwide experiences some form of physical violence inflicted against her in her lifetime.
- women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, motor accidents, war, and malaria. (according to World Bank data)
- it is estimated that 1 in 5 women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime. (worldwide)
- young women are particularly vulnerable to coerced sex, and are increasingly being infected with HIV/AIDS. over HALF of new HIV infections worldwide are occurring among young people between the ages of 15 and 24, and more than 60% of HIV-positive youth in this age bracket are female.
- in many societies, women suspected of engaging in premarital sex (including rape victims and women accused of adultery) have been murdered by their relatives; the violation of a woman’s chastity is viewed as an affront to the family’s honour. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates the annual worldwide number of these “honour killing” victims may be as high as 5,000 women.