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Vigil for four women killed in one week


The campaign ‘kan fiha tkoun ana’ (It could have been me) fighting violence against women in Lebanon called for a candlelight vigil this Saturday December 23, 5 pm, in front of the National Museum, to commemorate the murder of four women during one week in different parts of Lebanon. The campaign, organized by feminist activists, considered that violent acts by men against women are not isolated incidents but reflect a systematic structural form of violence rooted in the macho mentality. Campaign participants expressed their grief over the death of the four women, voicing concern about their own fate in the wake of the latest killings. They also lamented the failure of the laws in deterring and penalizing perpetrators of such crimes, including verbal and physical abuse, rape and sexual harassment. To recall, the four victims are; Yumn Darwish (22 years), who was found dead on December 13, in the Akkari town of Arida, her husband is held for questioning; Nazira Tartousi (married, 15 years), found dead on December 15, in Jamous town, Akkar, news circulated that she committed suicide; the British diplomat, Rebecca Dykes, found dead and strangled after a rape attempt by a taxi driver, who is also detained for questioning, and Fatmeh Abu Hasaneh who was killed by her brother in law on December 18, in Mishmish, Akkar. (Al Akhbar, December 21, 2017)

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