Women cry out for help

Clara Akemi
In world history, there have been examples of strong women such as the American workers who protested against long working hours and low wages as well as demanding the right to vote in 1908. And also, Margaret Thatcher, the first woman to hold the post of prime minister from 1979 to 1990, in Europe. Currently, among many women engaged in political, economic and social issues, I would like to mention the Pakistani Malala Yousafzai, who struggles for the emancipation of women through education. Despite these, many women suffer physical and emotional abuse from their husbands, boyfriends or partners.

Unfortunately, Brazilians have been seeing in the news the increase of femicide, even though there is “Maria da Penha” Law, which tries to protect women from domestic violence and obliges aggressors to stay away from them. However, it is disobeyed because they approach the victims to kill them. And beyond that, some women do not want to report the abuse to the police because of fear and also they are financially dependent. The law was created to pay homage to a woman who has been beaten up for many years by her husband until he shot and left her paraplegic. Nowadays, she struggles for other women not to end up like her.

Some battered women call the police station, pretending to order a pizza, so they manage to give their address and the aggressors get arrested in the act. The victims also ask for help, showing a red "X" drawn on the palm of their hand to anyone who can help them, in a public place. There is a popular saying that goes, "no one should poke their nose into a husband-and-wife fight". Thank God this kind of thought is changing. Relatives, friends and neighbours have been reporting violence against women.

Anyway, women still have to work hard to conquer their space in a modern society. By the way, let’s celebrate International Women's Day on the 08th March! 
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