16 Days: Day 11

16dayslogo_armenian Violence against women occurs in multiple forms all around the world. This article by Dana MacLean explores violence against people accused of witchcraft in Papua New Guinea. Although men are also tortured and murdered on accusations of sorcery, Amnesty International estimates that women are six times more likely to be accused of witchcraft. Some communities in PNG believe that women are genetically pre-disposed to sorcery because of evil spirits in the womb. Much like the European witch-hunts of the 15th to 18th centuries (lest we forget that delightful tome of 1486, Malleus Maleficarum, in which the male authors state: “All wickedness is but little to the wickedness of a woman…Women are by nature instruments of Satan — they are by nature carnal, a structural defect rooted in the original creation.”), modern-day witch-hunts are often an excuse to use violence against women, as Kate Scheutze of Amnesty International says of PNG.  Read the whole article here.


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