In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), an alarming number of women are treated as property, second class citizens, or worse. With limited to no basic human rights, women in many countries face violence and degradation. A reported 37% of women are victims of domestic violence; while, in Egypt, 99% of women experience sexual harassment on some level. Yearly, more than 5,000 women are murdered because they “dishonored” their families. Before the age of 18, an estimated 1 in every 5 girls are pushed into arranged marriages to much older men, leaving them in impossible situations. With no way out of abusive relationships, many of the women living in the MENA are left feeling hopeless. Yet, through SAT-7 programming, we hope to change these statistics.
Programs like Insiders on SAT-7 PARS are dedicated to bringing to light the issues women face, issues that affect individuals like Elmira. Watch her story above and see how SAT-7 changed her life.
The newest season of Insiders specifically discusses the situation of women in Afghanistan, along with child marriage. In a recent episode, Iranian journalist Zahra M. was interviewed about how women are regarded by the Taliban. She shared:
“The reason the Taliban is afraid of women is that women become informed the world becomes well informed – women are the ones who give birth and raise children. One of the reasons they marry girls off at a young age is that a 12-year-old girl has no experience and when she ends up under the roof of an older man she comes under his influence and will never have the opportunity to think or to discover her own identity. The children she will raise will be just like herself and will be subject to the same life of limitations and perhaps humiliations.”
For women like Elmira, whose only hope is found in the Words of Christ on SAT-7 programming, your support makes all the difference.
Give today – just $1 gives life-saving hope through SAT-7 to 1 woman for 1 year.