Deathscapes

Gendered Violence 7e - The Resistance of Mothers and Women

Deathscapes

The Resistance of Mothers and Women


‘I was yearning for justice in a country which claims to uphold women’s rights but all I have experienced is terror and panic. Systemic violence keeps us in Nauru and it seems our pain has become very good business….The government has enough tools to suffocate us. If you would like to support us, please, please take off your hands from our mouth. If Australia would like to support us, please make an opportunity for us to talk to the community.’

Mina Taherkhani, woman previously detained on Nauru


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The resistance in the camps on Nauru has predominantly been led by women and mothers. They have played critical roles in organising protests, speaking to the media and advocating for their rights and the rights of their children. 

Testimonies from women forcibly held by Australia on Nauru expose the violence they are subjected to on the island and their hopes for their children to have normal lives in a safe environment.


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