was born and raised in a country where women had
no rights. I left my country a long time ago I
now live in USA. I have heard so many horrible
things that women face in this world. I have lived
in a lot of countries and seen a lot. I have recently
found the remaining of my family whom I have been
separated from since 1989 due to a civil war in
my country that killed my mother and father. My
mother was women's rights activist she believed
women should be treated with respect and dignity.
In my country that belief was not excepted and
still isn't women are struggling because of poverty
and inequality and it hurts to watch women go
through that. I recently spoke with a mother of
four children whom escaped from her husband. She
is only 20 years old with four kids she was married
off to a man when she was 15. Now that she is
20, her husband decided he is going to get another
wife who is younger then left her. I wonder how
young do they have to be for these kind of men.
Nothing is young enough for them I gather, so
my question is I want to help that woman and after
her I want to help women in similar situations
or even worse situations. What I want is to start
a movement for women in third world countries
whom are being forced to get married at early
age just to be tossed to the side. I want the
immigration laws to be changed and women of third
world countries whom are suffering. Those who
can escape their countries should be given an
amnesty or asylum because people from all over
the world are given an asylum or amnesty in this
country due to a political or religion reasons.
Why can't women like that women or so many others
in similar situations get help? Please let me
know if there is anything you know or aware of
that I can do to help this women.
Thank you in advance.
From a women desperate to help.
There are several organizations who are attempting to
help the exact women that you want to help, such
as The Global Fund for Women, the Center for Women's
Global Leadership and Equality Now. I suggest
that you contact any of these groups to learn
more about how you might be able to help/get involved.
Also, I know that this is such a difficult issue
-- a friend of mine's aunt was Sally Mugabe, who
was married to President Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe)
until she died. Sally worked hard to eliminate
the "bride price" that was instituted in Zimbabwe
but she found so much resistance among the women,
because to not have the price they felt "cheapened
them." Of course this is entirely wrong, but the
power of society has such a stranglehold on our
lives and our perception of right and wrong. I
hope that your work won't confront this same resistance.