Ending Violence Against Women: Analysis of Power

Today, I got blown away by the analysis ACT Men presented in the following diagrams.  I never saw violence against women in this context before.

Power Analysis
Men Women Gender
White People of Color Race
Protestant Non-Christian Religion
Middle Age Seniors
Heterosexual LGBT
Able People with disability
Those Who Are Invisible
People of Color Uneducated Marginalized
Financially poor Sex Workers
Women Lookism: People look different High Tolerance for Pain
People with Disabilities
Hx of incarceration Generational Impoverishment
Undocumented
LGBT Internalized Oppression
Non-Christian
Rural Communities

Marginalized people are a business for a class of people who provide services.  The pay checks depend on clients to serve.  One of the facilitators, Lina – a latino women, said, “The response to injustice in America is charity” rather than to end the system of oppression and exploitation.

The Qur’an teaches, ‘Men have been given a degree (of strengthen and responsibility) over women’.  Natural unbalance of power and men need to be aware of their “male advantage” and use their gifts wisely before they meet their Lord.

THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD’S LAST SERMON

(This Sermon was delivered on the Ninth Day of Dhul Hijjah 10 A.H in the Uranah Valley of mount Arafat )

“O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I don’t know whether, after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore listen to what I am saying to you carefully and TAKE THIS WORDS TO THOSE WHO COULD NOT BE PRESENT HERE TODAY.

O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your LORD, and that HE will indeed reckon your deeds. ALLAH has forbidden you to take usury (Interest), therefore all interest obligation shall henceforth be waived.

Beware of Satan, for your safety of your religion. He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things.

O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have right over you. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers………

Sincere thanks to my masjid Dar Al-Hijrah for allowing me the time to attend and FAITH Social Services who sent to this training though a generous  grant from Islamic Relief to support the work of Muslim Men Against Domestic Violence-MMADV.


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