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4 April 2013: International Day to Defend Amina; she represents us



UPDATE: There are reports that Amina has been seized by her family and possibly the civil police and been hospitalised in a psychiatric hospital.

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19 year old Tunisian Amina who posted a topless photo of herself bearing the slogan “my body belongs to me, and is not the source of anyone’s honour” has been threatened with death.

Islamist cleric Adel Almi, president of Al-Jamia Al-Li-Wassatia Tawia Wal-Islah, has called for Amina’s flogging and stoning to death saying Amina’s actions will bring misfortune by causing “epidemics and disasters” and “could be contagious and give ideas to other women…”

We, the undersigned, unequivocally defend Amina, and demand that her life and liberty be protected and that those who have threatened her be immediately prosecuted.

On 4 April 2013, we call for an International Day to Defend Amina.

Amina represents us all.

On the day and beyond, groups and individuals can join in by highlighting her case, posting topless photos of themselves and their activism on social media sites, signing a petition, Tweeting #Amina, writing letters in her defence, and more.

On 4 April, we will remind the Islamists and the world that the real epidemic and disaster that must be challenged is misogyny – Islamic or otherwise.

http://freethoughtblogs.com/maryamnamazie/2013/03/21/4-april-2013-international-day-to-defend-amina-she-represents-us/
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Re: 4 April 2013: International Day to Defend Amina; she represents us
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2013, 04:09:17 am »
 :3145 hope everything works out scary stuff.
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Re: 4 April 2013: International Day to Defend Amina; she represents us
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2013, 05:25:38 am »
Its sad to see that in the 21st century, many cultures still view women's bodies as property. It is also sad how immature people can be about the exposure of a woman's skin. It is also sad that a'l this outrage is in Tunisia which is one of the more secularized nations in the region.
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Re: 4 April 2013: International Day to Defend Amina; she represents us
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2013, 03:16:56 pm »
The Huffington Post has an article on Amima and the controversy surrounding her courageous actions http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/25/amina-tyler-femen_n_2949376.html
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Re: 4 April 2013: International Day to Defend Amina; she represents us
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2013, 04:59:40 pm »
So, how about we get back on track here and stop defending the people who want to stone Amina to  death.

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Re: 4 April 2013: International Day to Defend Amina; she represents us
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2013, 05:18:15 pm »
The online petition (http://www.change.org/petitions/petitioning-tunisian-government-amina-must-be-safe) is almost reaching 100,000 signatures. At least this case seems to be getting a great repercussion worldwide.
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Re: 4 April 2013: International Day to Defend Amina; she represents us
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2013, 01:48:42 pm »
All posts debating the pros and cons of various religions have been removed. Come on folks, religious debates are a no go zone here. Stick to the topic as has been requested
I signed the petition. Women's rights and safety should not be de-railed into religious debate.

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Re: 4 April 2013: International Day to Defend Amina; she represents us
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2013, 04:24:57 pm »
Petition signed... It'll be interesting to see what some social-networking sights do about topless photos (namely the book of face)... M'lady and I will be posting in support of Amina, and the general naturist cause on April 4th!

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Re: 4 April 2013: International Day to Defend Amina; she represents us
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2013, 09:50:58 am »
All posts debating the pros and cons of various religions have been removed. Come on folks, religious debates are a no go zone here. Stick to the topic as has been requested

I signed the petition. Women's rights and safety should not be de-railed into religious debate.

Thank you Toddo . . . I was hoping that a mod would shut it off.  I know, I'm guilty . . . just can't walk away from an argument.

Petition signed after some trouble getting into the blogsite.
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Re: 4 April 2013: International Day to Defend Amina; she represents us
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2013, 06:36:39 pm »
Another article about this case: http://www.theurbannudist.com/2013/03/28/the-topless-tunisian-rumours-surrounding-amina/

And a good resource for newer infos about Amina: https://twitter.com/maryamnamazie
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Re: 4 April 2013: International Day to Defend Amina; she represents us
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Re: 4 April 2013: International Day to Defend Amina; she represents us
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2013, 10:18:35 pm »
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Re: 4 April 2013: International Day to Defend Amina; she represents us
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2013, 11:25:56 pm »
Why an International Day to Defend Amina?

Below is a compilation of questions I have been responding to on 4 April for various journalists:

Why an International Day to Defend Amina?

When I heard that 19 year old Tunisian Amina had been threatened with death for posting a topless photo of herself bearing the slogan “my body belongs to me, and is not the source of anyone’s honour”, I knew we had to act.

Within 24 hours, a number of well known individuals and groups joined in a call to mark 4 April as an International Day to Defend Amina – both to unequivocally defend her and demand her safety and freedom whilst also demanding the prosecution of the Islamist who threatened her. Whilst Amina had done nothing wrong, the police aided her family in detaining her against her will and stopping all forms of communication with her friends and FEMEN rather than prosecuting those who detained and threatened her. She is still being held against her will and did not turn up at school this Monday as she was meant to. In a rare interview with a journalist, she said she was stressed but had no regrets.

In the last interview she gave before she was effectively kidnapped, she said women in Tunisia are ready for change:

    “That women have reached the height of self-determination: we no longer obey any authority, neither family nor religious. We know what we want and we make our own decisions.”

This is the wonderful woman we stand up for and with on 4 April.

Signatories to the call include: Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, Egyptian Nude Photo Revolutionary; Caroline Fourest, Writer and Journalist; most recent film: “Our Breasts; Our Arms”; Darina Al-Joundi, Lebanese Actress and Author of “The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing”; Deeyah, Music Composer and Filmmaker; most recent film “Banaz: A Love Story” about an honour killing; Elia Tabesh, Iranian Women in Support of Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar; Inna Shevchenko, FEMEN Spokesperson; Kareem Amer, Egyptian Blogger; Kian Azar, Communist Youth Organisation; Marieme Helie Lucas, Algerian Sociologist and founder of Secularism is a Women’s Issue; Mina Ahadi, Spokesperson of International Committee against Stoning  and International Committee against Execution; Nadia El-Fani, Tunisian Filmmaker; most recent films “Neither Allah nor Master” and “Our Breasts; Our Arms”; Richard Dawkins, Scientist; Safia Lebdi, Co-founder of Neither Whores nor Submissives; and Taslima Nasrin, Bangladeshi Writer.

Are nudity and Islam completely incompatible? Do you see a time in which women in North Africa and the Middle East will be more free to show their bodies? How do you see what she did in a country like Tunisia?

All religions have a disturbing view of the female body. Islam is no different. The perfect woman under Islam is invisible. Islam is only worse in many ways because of its access to political power via the far-Right Islamic movement. Sharia law and Islamic states legislate and impose misogyny and perpetrate the debased view of women.

Women in North Africa and the Middle East will be freer the more Islam is relegated to a private affair and Islamism is pushed back from the public space. Actions like Amina’s help to challenge Islamism at its very core.

Islamism’s obsession with women’s bodies and its insistence that women be veiled, bound, and gagged means that nudity breaks taboos and is an important form of resistance.

Nudity is the antithesis of veiling. Of course it is not the only way to resist Islamism and the veil but it is a very modern way of doing so. Islamists want us covered up, hidden, and not seen and not heard; we refuse to comply.

But nudity is not just a protest against Islamism and religious misogyny. It is fundamentally a protest against discrimination, the commodification of women, and the religious and chauvinistic culture built upon it – which is why it is on the increase and has been a part of the women’s liberation movement for some time.

Commodification relies on an objectified image that is separate from the reality of women’s bodies, minds and lives. This image is used to regulate, control and suppress. And this is what religion and pornography share, albeit in different forms. The actuality and frankness of women’s bodies as a form of protest challenges and upsets both.

Nudity is deeply humanising and revolutionary because it challenges the religious/pornographic view of women’s bodies and reclaims a tool used for women’s suppression. Nudity outrages and offends because of this very challenge.

And it is taboo-breaking in the most progressive sense of the word since progress often comes as a result of offending deeply held and misogynist views and sensibilities. What makes nudity radical and progressive is also that it gives a practical response.

Whilst Islamists represent the voice of reaction and barbarity, Amina and those like her pose the greatest challenge and represent modernity, humanity and women’s equality. That is why in so many ways Amina has hit a nerve with so many people. She represents us all.

Do you have some advices for Tunisian woman? How shall they behave after this and taking in consideration the current political and social context?

I do think the tide has turned against Islamism. The revolutions in the region, the female-led resistance in many parts herald the end of Islamism’s unbridled rule. Tunisian women, all women and men, everywhere, must defend Amina and real freedom and equality.

As writer Caroline Fourest said: The call to Free Amina and Free Tunisia are the same cry. No country can be free without women being free. Irrespective of the political and social context, people everywhere want to live like 21st century human beings and not in the Middle Ages.

In this fight, Islamism will not leave the public square and scene quietly. But the women’s liberation movement will be what will put it in its place. No fight however is pre-destined. It depends on human will and intervention. Human solidarity, therefore, across borders and divides, can have a real impact on people’s lives. For one, I hope it can free Amina and in the process help free our world.

Can you tell me more about the 4th April – the International Day to Defend #Amina – and what are you hoping others will join you in doing?

Many have already joined in; large numbers of topless photos have been posted in her defence, the petition has already gained 106,000 signatures, and groups and individuals are organising for 4 April.

There are also many actions planned including in Germany, France, UK, Sweden, Norway and elsewhere. Here are some of the actions that have already taken place.

Islamist cleric Adel Almi called for Amina’s flogging and stoning to death because he said Amina’s actions would bring misfortune by causing “epidemics and disasters” and “could be contagious and give ideas to other women…”

On 4 April 2013 – International Day to Defend Amina – we will remind him, the Islamists and the world that the real epidemic and disaster that must be challenged is misogyny – Islamic or otherwise.

On 4 April we will breast them!

Long Live Amina!

http://freethoughtblogs.com/maryamnamazie/2013/04/02/why-an-international-day-to-defend-amina/
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Re: 4 April 2013: International Day to Defend Amina; she represents us
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Re: 4 April 2013: International Day to Defend Amina; she represents us
« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2013, 12:39:12 pm »
This article has been updated with the highlights from a number of protests around the world that took place on April 4th: http://freethoughtblogs.com/maryamnamazie/2013/04/05/our-day-defend-amina/
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