Culture is not an excuse for oppressing women
MARGOT WALLSTRÖM / The Economist
"During my time as UN Special Representative, I often heard people say that sexual violence was inevitable. That it was sad and unspeakable, but an unavoidable consequence of conflict. That it was a lesser crime. That it was part of the culture of war. Sexual violence in conflict is one of the cruellest, most inhumane and vicious acts. If sexual violence can be rationalised as inevitable, just imagine the other forms of domination over women that are accepted or seen as unavoidable consequences of culture. Let me be clear: sexual violence is not cultural, it is criminal."