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Real war on women: Two prominent female activists have been killed this week

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Women who stand up for human rights in countries throughout the Middle East are often murdered for their activism, and this week saw two more victims.

Salwa Bugaighis, a lawyer and activist for Libyan democracy, was killed by gunmen who raided her home in Benghazi on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. She was shot in the head and stabbed, later dying in the hospital.

Bugaighis’ husband is believed to have been abducted during the raid.

Bugaighis was a leader in the movement to remove former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, and continued to speak out against those who took party after the ouster.

And on Tuesday, a sniper killed Umayyah Naji Jabara, a political activist fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, according to the Telegraph.

She was the women’s affairs and social welfare adviser to the governor of Salahuddin province, and had assassinated some ISIS insurgents.

She was also the daughter of Sheikh Naji Jabara, a prominent Sunni tribal leader who was killed with a car bomb placed by al Qaeda insurgents in 2007. Umayyah's uncle was also killed by Isis earlier this year.

The deaths of these two women show that the Middle East is still a dangerous place to be a woman. And in the case of Umayyah Naji Jabara, a dangerous place in general.

Meanwhile, in America, women like Sandra Fluke think the greatest injustice of the day is removing a 35-foot protest buffer zone from abortion clinics:


Perspective, Fluke, perspective.
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