Posts Tagged ‘violence against women

23
Jan
13

The Few, The Proud, The Women!!!

The Few, The Proud, The Women!!!

GI Jane

Today marked an historic day in the history of Women Warriors!

Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta announced that women will no longer be excluded from combat roles in the Armed Forces of the United States. Women will be allowed to serve in combat units as well as assume command roles. Effectively this means that we can indeed look forward to the opportunity of seeing a woman Chair of the Joint Chiefs in the not so distant future.

Practically, each of the four branches of the service, the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, has been charged with assessing how best to integrate women into combat specialities.  They will also develop time tables for phasing in women to these roles including such elite units as the Navy SEALS and Special Forces. In order to ensure that women have the same opportunities as their male counterparts, the assessment will include reviews of the physical requirements to assess how best to make those standards gender neutral.

Women have routinely served in front lines roles in Afghanistan and Iraq, albeit in “support” roles. Those positions have, however, not stopped these women from participating in fierce fire fights.  As of this writing 152 women have died in those wars and nearly 1,000 have been wounded.

Don’t be fooled though, women have been fighting wars for millenia!

Here are a smattering of those heroines:

Artemisia of Halicarnassus, British Museum

Artemesia of Halicarnassus (modern day Bodrum, Turkey) was an ally of the Persian King Xeres in 480 BCE. She commanded five ships and fought bravely in battle. Her exploits were recounted by Herodotus.

Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc fought along King Charles of France in his war against the British. She was eventually burned at the stake for heresy, including the crime of dressing as man. Exonerated some years later by the Roman Catholic Church, she was canonized in 1909.

Hannah Snell

Hannah Snell was a British woman who fought as a British Marine named James Gray from 1747-1750.  She participated in battles in India and was wounded a total of 11 times without ever revealing her gender.

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Loreta Janeta Velasquez disguised herself and acted as a Confederate Scout named Lt. Harry T. Buford during the American Civil War.  Hundreds of women in both the Union and Confederate Armies had distinguished careers as “male” soldiers.

14
Nov
11

Rola El-Halabi’s day in court.

Rola El-Halabi’s day in court.

Rola El-Halabi in court, Photo: Axel Schmidt / dapd

Rola El-Halabi (11-0, 6-KOs) is 26 years old and had a full career ahead of her as an elite female professional fighter before her stepfather shot her in the hand, knee and foot in her dressing room prior to her fight against Irma Balijagic Adler of Bosnia for the vacant IBF lightweight title this past April.

El-Halabi, originally from Lebanon was the pride of Ulm, Germany when she defeated American fighter Mia St. John for the WIBA and WIBF Women’s Lightweight Titles in March of 2010.  She subsequently returned her titles due to a domestic situation and had been away from the ring for a year.

Rola El-Halabi

Her promising career also ran afoul of her stepfather’s sense of honor which eventually led her to fire him as her manager back in January.   He had allegedly vowed to put her in a wheelchair — and nearly did, though her tenacity and has seen her to face her attacker in a German court.

The showdown with her stepfather has led to a guilty verdict and a nearly seven-year sentence in prison.

While one speculates that this is vindication for the horrific attack against Rola El-Halabi, the fact remains the injuries she sustained have left their mark and she will likely never enter the ring again.

Stephen Brown over at Frontpagemag.com has a terrific piece entitled Unfair ‘Honor Crime’ Fight in Berlin that is well worth the read.

>>>UPDATE>>>

AP story published in Washington Post here.

UK Guardian story here.

 

03
Apr
11

What’s up with this?

What’s up with this?

 

Rola El-Halabi (11-0, 6-KO), Lightweight Female Boxer

So what’s up with this:  “Female boxer shot before fight” !?!

The AP wire had it this way, “German female boxer Rola El-Halabi‘s career is in doubt after she was shot by her stepfather and former manager before a title fight on Friday. The undefeated 25-year-old was preparing to fight Irma Balijagic Adler of Bosnia for the vacant IBF lightweight title, when the 44-year-old man entered her dressing room and shot her in the hand, knee and foot.” (link here & link here)  Also shot were two security guards both of whom are expected to make a full recovery.  Rola El-Halabi had reportedly ended her stepfather’s role as her manager back in January.

As WBAN points out, this is the second shooting of a female boxer, following on the horrific assault Christy Martin endured late last year.  (link here)

Am I missing something here?  I know people get shot, but this is really too much.

Girlboxing sends heart-felt wishes to Rola El-Halabi for a swift and full recovery.

Here’s a great video of Rola El-Halabi and Mia St. John from last year.  This is really tragic.




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