This morning I received the following petition from change.org. It highlights an issue that women are facing increasingly in some Islamic nations. New age media has enabled us to follow a lot of these instances as they occur. Social Media campaigns like the #BringBackOurGirls campaign for the release of school girls in Chibok, Nigeria are exposing how far away we are from gender equality as a continent. It is ALWAYS the women getting punished for actions that involved two parties. The men always seem to get away unscathed.
Can you imagine all the stories we never got to hear about before Social Media? What can we do to change mentalities? What can we do to ensure that all over the world, the life of a woman is seen to be just as valid and as valuable as that of a man? If women are not educated how can they contribute to the betterment of their communities? If women are not allowed to make their own moral choices how will they ever be free? I am at a loss. It is difficult to believe how archaic and draconian some parts of the world still are while we browse the news on our iPads and iPhones.
On days like today I feel very helpless and can only hope that my small gesture in signing this petition will go some way towards creating some kind of change no matter how small.
You too can sign the petition HERE
Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese mother, doctor and Christian, has been sentenced to flogging and death unless she recants her Christian faith. She was 8 months pregnant when she was arrested and has now given birth to a baby girl. Her baby and her two-year-old son are with her in prison. Please, join the international community in asking Sudan not to execute her for being a Christian.
Ibrahim is charged with adultery on the grounds that her marriage to a Christian man from South Sudan is considered void under Shari’a law, for which the penalty is flogging. She’s also charged with apostasy, or abandonment of religion, for which the penalty is death.
Meriam is the daughter of a Christian woman and Muslim man. She was raised Christian after her father left. However, Sudanese law mandates that children born to Muslim fathers are considered Muslim.
When I read the news about Meriam, I couldn’t sit back and do nothing so I started this petition. People around the world rallied to raise awareness to #bringbackourgirls kidnapped Nigeria, I hope the world will also stand up for Meriam.
The fact that a woman could be sentenced to death for her religious choice, and to flogging for being married to a man of an allegedly different religion is abhorrent.
Call upon the Government of Sudan to respect the right to freedom of religion and stop the execution!