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Petition about woman ‘to be stoned to death’ for partial nudity

March 14, 2014

I received the following through a comment on this blog. I remember the incident, although I understood that Tunisia was more liberal than most Islamic countries and nothing had come of it. There is no accounting for what religious fanatics will do, though.

A 19-year-old Tunisian woman, Amina Tyler, stood up for women worldwide when she posted a topless photo of herself, bearing the words “My body belongs to me, and is not the source of anyone’s honour” in Arabic on her body.

In response to this act, a Tunisian cleric and the chair of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, allegedly said that Amina “deserves to be stoned to death” and said her act “could bring about an epidemic … It could be contagious and give ideas to other women.” Others in Tunisia have called for Amina to be criminally punished for her actions, including flogging, fines, and time in prison.

But the world supports Amina. I read about Amina Tyler from all the way in Argentina, and I was inspired by her brave act and her call for women’s rights. Women do not belong to anyone “as a source of honor” and deserve to be treated equally and with respect around the globe.

That’s why we’re standing in solidarity with Amina, and call on the Tunisian government to demand that her life and liberty are protected, and that she is kept safe from those who are calling for her death, for her to be beaten, or for her to be imprisoned solely for speaking up women.

Amina represents us all.

The petition is at: https://www.change.org/petitions/petitioning-tunisian-government-amina-must-be-safe

If nothing else, we should think about the plight of women in their everyday lives in many countries. Here are some bloggers who frequently report on this. At least one of them is under threat herself, and another has used nudity as a means of protest. I urge you to read them.

Ophelia Benson
Taslima Nasreen
Maryam Namazie

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