Violence in Our Global Community

As I was scanning the headlines this afternoon, I came across this – an article discussing Lybian leader Muammar Qaddafi’s criminal charges for his treatment of the Lybian people. He ordered his military (and may have even issued a Viagra type drug to assist) to rape hundreds (possibly thousands) of women to “spread fear of his regime and curb dissent”. His own people. All I could do was sit at my desk and cry for the pain hundreds of thousands of beautiful people must have endured and continue to endure. I cannot fathom such evil and hate… all for more power?! I simply cannot comprehend why someone would do such a thing. I know this is common place and, historically, just an aspect of ‘war’. Yet, this doesn’t make me feel any less sad. I suppose I don’t understand the motivations behind war or the justification for enacting such violence against another person.

This glimpse into human brutality brings me back to the work we do to end abuse and violence in our communities. Abuse can be in an intimate relationships or between leaders and their people, but it has the same root cause: power. All this violence, hate and energy all in the name of obtaining or maintaining power and control. Clearly what we’re advocating for is not only social change here at home and in our communities, but global change in our beautiful global community with our human neighbors. This is yet another startling reminder of all the work we have to do.

On a bit more positive note, this is also an example of  how much progress we’re making here at home. I’m profoundly thankful to live in a country where I don’t have to worry that my own government will send our own army to rape me . I don’t have to fear personal violence from my own leaders for the sake of securing their power. At the very least not in such subtle and physically brutal ways as many of the Lybian people must. I also think this is progress that the issue is even being discussed and the global community is attempting to hold perpetrators accountable.

Can you think of other examples of global gender based violence? Have any of them ever brought you to tears? Why?

P.S. Thank you for caring about everyone. Even the people you’ll never know or meet.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Chad
    Jun 10, 2011 @ 14:30:38

    The more we see people in other countries, states, or even towns as “them” or “others”, we fortify the belief of separation. Those who do not feel the pain and agony that is being propagated as “government policy”, “War”, “terrorism”, or even “religious right” has bought into this separateness. When we can look at the earth as the astronauts do: a green and blue planet with no borders, no them, and no others; merely a group of earthlings (animals included) muddling through zooming through space. When we can see that the words “WE” and “US” depict our world, that is when these atrocities will cease. This is what every one of us should strive to produce in the people around us. This is the one lesson that all people should be taught on an ongoing process,and this is the lesson that all people in Nonviolence education are propagating. Live on peaceful paths, and we will all find that we are providing a safe haven for all.


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