Target: Mukhtar Mai – Pakistani gang-rape victim
Goal: Commend Mukhtar Mai for standing against the oppression of women
In 2002, Mukhtar Mai was gang-raped by order of a tribal court in Pakistan and, dictated by local tradition, was later expected to commit suicide. Mai’s punishment was decided due to an alleged crime committed by her younger brother, which was later proved wrong. The tribal assembly, a jirga, ruled that Mai should be punished for her brother’s crime, immediately forced her out of the room, and gang-raped her.
Since the attack over a decade ago, Mai has fought against gender oppression in Pakistan and has been a headline speaker at the Geneva Summit For Human Rights and Democracy. Mai believes lack of education to be the cause of the poor treatment of women in her community and country. After her attacks, Mai created the Mukhtar Mai Women’s Organization and started a school for girls in a single room of her family home. Today the school provides free education to over 500 girls from nursery to beginning high school in her community. In addition Mai’s organization provides shelter and rehabilitation for battered women in her community.
Rape is used as a tool for power and control. Rapists use the act of rape to break down and assert power over their victims. In Mukhtar Mai’s case, her rapists were trying to destroy her but rather made her determined to fight for women’s rights and against oppression. Her courage and bravery is truly amazing. Mai has faced terror and has come out of it as a spokeswoman for oppressed women in her community and globally. Sign the petition below to celebrate this brave woman and thank her for her amazing work with human rights.
Dear Mukhtar Mai,
First of all, I would like to commend you for the work you have accomplished for women’s rights in Pakistan. After the attack you faced as punishment for your brother’s alleged crimes, you bravely took charge and demanded justice for yourself. That alone took tremendous courage and then you went on to continue to fight for other women in your community, country, and the world.
The Mekhtar Mai Women’s Organization has been promoting women’s rights and attempting to end oppression through education since 2003. More than 500 girls and young women are currently receiving free education and thus a greater scope of opportunity through empowerment. In addition, the organization provides legal aid and shelter to over 500 survivors of gender violence every year. In a state that has not provided sufficient support for destitute and battered women, the Mekhtar Mai Women’s Organization provides hope and support for countless women.
Thank you for your amazing contribution to your community and the world. I commend you for your tremendous attitude and work.
[Your Name Here]
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