There are other ways to bring attention to humanitarian issues without objectifying the female at her expense—as the red squares mentioned earlier show. By being aware of how antiquated, nationalistic gender-roles permeate our daily lives in the 21st century, we are able to mindfully dismantle them and the divisiveness they bring. Rather than sharing a drawing and chalking it up to be your activism point for the day, reach out to groups working on the ground to help those in the Kashmir region. Kashmiris are in a media blackout; instead of sharing mythologies, share the truth that will get people the help they need.
When a man—or a group of men—collectively kidnap, torture, and rape a young eight-year-old girl, their crime is not merely rooted in their depravity. They were using Asifa’s body as a means to assault her cultural identity
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