Saturday, October 28, 2006

Hundreds of women reclaim the day...

Hundreds of women took part in a Reclaim the Streets rally in Sydney last night, in protest against comments made by Sheik Taj el-Din Al Hilaly.

Click here to hear the ABC radio report.

The Sheik's dangerous remarks will likely spawn another round of Muslim bashing, when the real issue is the world-wide mistreatment of women. Australia has an horrendous problem with domestic violence, commercial media routinely devalues and belittles women, rape is prevalent and the criminal justice and community welfare systems do not provide adequate support for victims.

As many rush to put the boot into this reactionary cleric, I hope we take the opportunity to sit back and take a sober look at the broader picture and whether our house is in order.

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