Chechnyan men told to take “charge” of their women

October 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

A fascinating and concerning account from young Chechnyan women about their being forced to wear the headscarf.  The article, written by Tanya Lokshina, of Human Rights Watch, suggests that the state is turning a blind eye to attacks on women not wearing the headcarf.

Chechnya has been in a state of almost constant war for at least the last fifteen years, and as a shaky peace continues  in the territory, it is only right that citizens, men and women, have earned the right to express themselves. The ritual humiliation and assualt of women who don’t cover their hair, even if dressed otherwise “modestly” will only drive the country back into tumult. The latest Amnesty International report on the country concluded that Chechnya was being ” ruled without law, being run into further devastating destabilization.” It has one of the youngest demographics in the former Soviet states, with an average age of 22 years old. There is plenty of new blood in the country that can shed misogynistic and oppressive ideas of the past. Until this is done the country will be balancing on a knife edge.

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