[Editor’s Note: A couple days ago, Matador CEO Ross Borden forwarded me this article by Nicholas Kristof about a 10 year old Yemeni girl who was married to a man three times her age and subsequently sought a divorce. It was too much for me to write about–the many forms of violence against women sometimes just become too oppressive to meditate on.
Today is International Women’s Day. Organizers say it’s a day to “celebrate the economic, political, and social achievements of women” around the world. And we should.
But as Matador contributor Reeti Roy reminds us in this article, we can’t forget–even when it’s hard for us to think about–the economic, political, and social forces that conspire to keep women oppressed and prevent them from accomplishing their goals and dreams.]
[Note: This is by no means an exhaustive list. Neither am I consciously privileging one set of violences over others. I have only attempted to highlight a few problems that plague the world in general and women in particular.]