Hera Hussain

Hera Hussain

The author is the Founder of Chayn (chayn,co), a global tech project to empower women against violence. Chayn's first project was addressing domestic violence in Pakistan: chaynpakistan.org. She tweets as @herahussain (twitter.com/herahussain)

It is not okay to compromise on abuse, even if you’re married!

“Admi hay, esay tou keray ga.” (He’s a man, so he’s bound to behave like this). I must have been five when I overheard my mother say this to a female relative. I had probably heard it before but was too young to remember. Last week, a shocking report by the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) revealed that 53 per cent of teenage girls in Pakistan believe that their partner hitting them is justified and  girls aged 15-19 believed refusing sex was an acceptable reason for wives to be beaten by their husbands. This is not surprising but it is painfully tragic. In our country ...

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