International Feminist Issues Roundup: Amina Al Filali, victim of the patriarchy, martyr at 16

She is a martyr at the age of 16. Amina Al Filali, a young Moroccan girl, committed suicide last Saturday, after being forced to marry the man who raped her when she was 15. Indeed, an article in the Moroccan Penal Code allows the rapist to escape any penalty if he spouses the victim. This is directly related to the issue of virginity of woman, which in several Arab societies, guarantees the family honor.

This tragedy is in headlines all around the World Wide Web:
Aljazeera: Moroccans call for end to rape-marriage laws

The Telegraph: Rape victim’s death shocks nation

Atlas: Morocco, the story of Amina: martyred at age 16, killed by abuse and tradition

Jornal De Notícias: Moroccan revolt against law that allows rapists to marry victims