The leader of an Islamic Party in Malaysia is facing harsh criticism from women's groups after saying that women who do not want to be raped or molested should stop wearing lipstick and perfume. Nik Abdul Aziz, the spiritual leader of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, said even women who wear their Muslim head-scarves could arouse men by making themselves more attractive, according to the BBC. In turn, he said, women could end up being raped or molested.
Ivy Josiah, a leader of Women's Aid, told The Scotsman, Nik Aiz's comments suggest women are responsible or provoking men. She reminded that rape is an action chosen by men as an act of power and violence.
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .
8/25/2015 Fraternity Signs Promote Rape Culture, Elicit Outrage - Old Dominion University (ODU) in Virginia is receiving national attention for a fraternity's vulgar and offensive signs that were on display as first-year students moved into their dorms.
The signs, which were hung on fraternity Sigma Nu and displayed derogatory messages for incoming female students- and their mothers- have since been removed, and the University has promised disciplinary action. . . .