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.
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .