April 29, 2006
Mukhtar Mai Speaks at the UN
Thanks to Anastasia at The Hunger Project for the heads-up on this:
On May 2nd, 2006 Ms. Mukhtar Mai will return to New York to speak at The United Nations. Honored as "Woman of the Year" by Glamour magazine, Mai was gang raped in 2002 on the orders of a panchayat, or tribal court, as retribution for an offense allegedly committed by her younger brother. Defying social stigma and the culture of shame surrounding rape victims in Pakistan, Mai not only spoke out about her rape, but in an act of unprecedented courage, took her rapists to court. In a remarkable effort to challenge a system designed to deny women justice, Mai has been fighting an uphill legal battle for the past three years. She is now appealing her case before the Pakistani Supreme Court following a lower court's release of five of the acquitted men charged of the crime.
The event will take place Tuesday 5/2 at 12 PM in Conference Room 8 at the United Nations HQ at 46th St & 1st Ave. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. More background information is available on the Mukhtar Mai Wikipedia entry; more information about the event is available on the Virtue Foundation event page.