For the sole fact of being a woman, they flee their country of origin, to protect themselves from gender violence, agreed marriage, genital cutting, selective abortion, honor killings, and trafficking in girls for the purpose of exploitation. sexual … and in their flight path they will feel fear. Why? For being a woman.
The insecurity of a woman’s life increases exponentially in her attempted arrival path to a host country. They will suffer verbal, physical and rape attacks simply trying to survive.
On many occasions, they come with minors under their care, the desperation in their protection causes another indescribable emotional load. The fear of kidnapping or loss at sea of one of their sons or daughters, sometimes forced separation at the entrance of a refugee camp, to be deceived in bureaucratic procedures of doubtful reliability … it will be their constant shadow. Fear of continuing to be afraid, but full of courage and bravery.
They will suffer verbal, physical and rape attacks simply trying to survive.
Refugee women are above all brave women, who risk their lives looking for better ones, although here and in most European countries, gender bias will determine that they can only access, in the best of cases, more precarious sectors that follow being feminized and in the worst prostitution.
Favor horizontal and sisterhood relationships It can make the big difference between their personal recovery and that of society, or continue to give them double discrimination.
And already, in the attempt of home, in their new country, they will receive the conscious doubt or not in the eyes of other people, women too, letting them fall the weight of a society that still does not know how to accept one hundred percent other women, with other stories in their memory, in their cultural identifications such as clothing or braided hair, in their sweet accents, and above all making them guilty of a current moment of tension, used politically by a far-right party, with misogynistic, xenophobic and discriminatory discourses against them, for being a woman and for being “from outside”
Also the “fake news“On gender and migration they harm reality, manipulating the stories, the data and thus the true perception.
These reports carry an implicit message of hatred and inferiority, with an argument contrary to the policies of integration and equality and they run at great speed, much more than the subsequent information that dismantles the headline.
the memes of against the 8 M, it is without a doubt a fascist seeding and lack of empathy in the face of an obvious situation
Behind these fake news (benefits and aid for being a refugee woman, for pregnancy, or the constant suspicion that her new marriages are not because of love …) there is always the true story and the woman questioned. Behind, many organized people who use digital platforms for the virilization of these fascist ideas.
The toxic rumor, the “fakes news” or the memes of against the 8 MIt is undoubtedly a fascist seed and a lack of empathy in the face of an obvious situation.
An 8M for all the women who flee, those who arrive and those who dream of doing so, for a free society without fear for them, where love runs faster than rumors.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.