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.
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .