Today we remember just five of the thousands of girls and women who died this year as a result of gender-based violence and denial of women’s rights.
Each woman led a different life in a different country, but the thing that unites them is that their inferior status as women resulted in their untimely deaths.
We don’t know her real name. Protesters in India have dubbed her “Damini,” which means “lightning” in Hindi. The 23-year-old medical student died in December after being gang raped by six men on a bus in New Delhi.
The story behind Najiba’s death differs according to who tells the story. One version is that she was abducted and raped by a man in her community. Another is that she willingly cheated on her husband. This July, the young Afghan woman was executed in public by her husband in order to seek justice for her alleged adultery. Her murder was captured on video.
Savita was 17 weeks pregnant when she began to miscarry. Severely sick in an Irish hospital, she asked to terminate her pregnancy to avoid further complications. The 31-year-old dentist was denied an abortion, as it is against the law in Ireland. When her baby’s heartbeat stopped, medical staff removed the fetus. By that time, doctors were unable to prevent Savita’s death of a blood infection on October 28.
The bullying started after a man convinced her to expose herself online and threatened to blackmail her. Slowly, Canadian teen Amanda sank into depression after being taunted and attacked at school. She shared her cry for help on a YouTube video before committing suicide this October.
Fifteen-year-old Nishina was collecting water from a well near her home in Afghanistan when her throat was slit. She was killed by her cousin after her family turned down his marriage proposal in November.
I wish this post didn’t exist. I wish there weren’t enough girls and women killed to make this post worthwhile.
At the same time, I wish I could write down the name of every woman who died because of her gender this year, because every single one needs to be recognized.
I wish that these girls and women had the chance to live out the rest of their lives.
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