Afghan woman killed after giving birth to a 3rd daughter

According to BBC, a 22-year-old Afghan woman known as Stori was strangled to death after giving birth to a third daughter.  Allegedly her mother-in-law and husband were involved in her death. The mother-in-law has been arrested; however, her husband, who is a member of local militia, has fled.

In many countries, having boys are more valuable than girls. The birth of a son is celebrated, while the birth of a girl is considered a burden. This can be seen in countries such as China, where the one child per family rule has created a disproportionate number of boys to girls.

In Afghanistan, it is no different: men are valued, while women are not.

To me, this rationale is absurd. Men and women are equal under law for a reason.  While we possess different characteristics and are valued for different reasons, we are both still valued and valued equally under the law.  While this is very generalized and simplified, men are stronger, more aggressive and generally better at manual labor; while women are the caregivers, pragmatic and generally more nurturing.  We each have a role in society- an important role that coincides with the other gender’s role.  We cannot live without the other one (as much as we might want to).

This is why this line of reason- that men are more valuable than women- is an out-of-date, barbaric notion that is used to constrain women and is used as an excuse for the murder of so many

I am glad that “local religious and tribal elders in the district…condemned the killing, saying it was an act of ignorance, and calling it a crime against Islam, humanity and women.” females. This shows progress- but progress is not enough.

People who commit such atrocious acts- whether motivated by the gender divide or some other notion- need to be persecuted to the highest extent of the law because there is no justifiable excuse for committing such a crime.

How many more lives need to be lost before people realize that women are equal to men?


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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