The Women’s International Liberation Army
Hello Dear Readers,
I created this page as an attempt to emphasize the purpose of UNBOWED beyond that of entertainment. If you’ve read the book, you’ll know the significance of WILA.com and the ‘Zafeera lives!’ references. More links will be added to various real websites committed to a global awakening and liberation of ALL women—and ultimately, ALL of Humanity.
The following is extracted from the scene where fliers are distributed by an Algerian woman to a multicultural audience of women in London. It describes exactly what justice looks like to me, my story– including its epilogue–which offers solutions that ironically mirror the One Billion Rising campaign and other protest movements happening today around the world.
Who is WILA?
What do we want?
Our objective is to take out any misogynistic regime that uses violence and intimidation to silence women;
To restore the basic dignity and rights of women to pursue education, gain skills, practice a profession, make a living for themselves and their children, marry and divorce freely, and walk in the streets of the world fearlessly, without harassment and without a veil if they choose.
We have no religious, political or national affiliation.
We are of many religions and no religion.
We belong to every nation.
We speak many languages, but have One Voice.
Our battle will have been won only when women fully share social, economic, political AND religious power in their respective nations and cultures.
We invite you to participate in the coming Battle.
Help us achieve our goal by offering any technical and medical skills you may have. Right now, we especially need strong women skilled in explosives, firearms, flying helicopters and operating satellites. Access to any of these would also be highly appreciated.
We accept donations to our cause in any amount.
Remember, the above is a book excerpt, only. No money is being solicited. If you want to support the cause of women’s liberation, please scroll down and check out the links to committed people and organizations.
“…A woman can be killed not just for adultery, but also for refusing to enter into an arranged marriage or for being the victim of a sexual assault. In fact, the mere perception that a woman has behaved in a way that “dishonors” her family is sufficient to trigger an attack on her life. And let’s not forget that Murder isn’t the only way that women are punished. Other crimes such as acid attacks, mutilations, and beatings also occur.
In the UK alone in 2010, police recorded at least 2,823 such crimes! Keep in mind that accurate statistics of “honor killings” are hard come by because many of these killings are reported by the families as suicides or accidents. So even though the numbers are realistically much higher, here are some that I managed to find:
Pakistan: From 1994-2004 in the Sindh province alone there were 4,000 women murdered for honor.
Turkey: In Istanbul alone from 2003-2008 there were 1,000 reported cases of honor killing.
Egypt: a report in 1995 estimated that about 52 honor killings happened that year.
Iraq: in 2006, as many as 133 women were killed in the city of Basra alone in 2006.
Jordan: According to UNICEF, there are an average of 23 honor killings per year.
Lebanon: There are believed to be at least 40-50 honor killings a year.
Palestine: In 2013 there were 27 reports of honor killings.
Yemen: In 1997 it was estimated that around 400 women were killed for “honor”.
Afghanistan: In 2012 there were 240 recorded cases of honor killings, but estimates are much higher.
In many of these countries, the law exempts men from punishment for killing a female relative if she has brought dishonor to the family, while in others the punishment is very mild. For example, in Jordan Rana Husseini, a leading journalist on the topic of honor killings, states that “under the existing law, people found guilty of committing honor killings often receive sentences as light as six months in prison”. The fact is, not only the people but also the courts support this murderous behavior…”replies Chris Earle
Why Yemen is incapable of ending child marriages and rape
(Unbowed (uhn-boud) adjective. means: not bowed or bent. Unyielding, defiant, no submission. No apology. Not subjugated. Undefeated)
Acknowledging and celebrating Asian, North and West African and Middle Eastern women and girls who have devoted their lives–at great risk–to exposing the position of women in their cultures–namely the domestic and nationalistic violence, oppression and dehumanizing acts perpetrated against women and girls .
Aayan Hirsi Ali is a perfect example of a woman who is unbowed
Watch the videos and see for yourself
The Best of Aayan Hirsi Ali
Aayan Hirsi Ali on Islam
Visit the AHA Foundation to learn what Aayan Hirsi Ali is doing to help women in troubled parts of the world
and please get involved in some way, if you are inspired.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Maryam Namazie, Human Rights Activist
Iranian-born secularist, human rights activist, commentator and broadcaster, Maryam Namazie is also a spokesperson for Equal Rights Now–Organization against Women’s Discrimination in Iran, that serves to defend women’s rights and the struggle against “sexual apartheid” in Iran.
She has campaigned for secularism in Iran, Canada and Britain, where she currently lives. She has challenged cultural relativism and political Islam by writing numerous articles and making public statements. Namazie has denounced the discrimination women have to endure under the Islamic regime: “From the very fact that you are a second-class citizen, even your testimony legally is worth half that of a man’s, you get half what a boy does in inheritance if you’re a girl. You have to be veiled if you’re a girl or a woman, and there are certain fields of education or work that are closed to you because you are considered emotional”.
She compares women’s situation under Islamic regimes today to the social inequalities under the apartheid in South Africa, and she cites as examples the existence of separate entrances for women into government offices and the separation of men and women in swimming areas in the Caspian Sea by a curtain.
She speaks openly against Sharia Law. She deems sharia law is discriminatory and unjust, especially against women and children: “Rights and justice are meant for people not religions and cultures,” Namazie says.
Namazie was named in Victims of Intimidation: Freedom of Speech within Europe’s Muslim Communities, a late 2008 report about 27 European public figures with an Islamic background that have been made the focus of terrorist attention on the basis of what they have said about, for example, Islam, homosexuality, religious experience or anything else extremists can’t stand.
Maryam Namazie is also the spokesperson of Fitnah-Movement for Women’s Liberation, a protest movement which is, according to their website, “demanding freedom, equality, and secularism and calling for an end to misogynist cultural, religious and moral laws and customs, compulsory veiling, sex apartheid, sex trafficking, and violence against women.”