Chiwengo’s article on how “pain remains untranslatable”, with an emphasis on Congolese women who have experienced rape, greatly relates to this blog page as a whole (92). The human rights discourse fails to protect the values of everyone due to the fact that its ideas are a direct reflection to power relations and dominance. Many worldwide conflicts and narratives go unheard of. The international community fails to hear memorial narratives and violence goes unnoticed only until moral and political involvement takes place. To objectify the pain of the victims, the film Hotel Rwanda was produced in order to “ensure that Western spectators would identify with the victims” (85). By recreating the images of the Rwanda genocide, attention was brought to the international community “which desires to offer assistance” (91).
One passage from the article that stood out to me was how “sexuality is intertwined with power and militarized masculinity” (90). Sexualized power should be brought to the attention of many. Economic and political structures are at the root of why women, like the Congolese, were raped in high numbers. The essence of rape is about power, not sexual desire. I encountered a blog that provided statistics on rape in Africa alone. The blog’s first sentence reads: It is estimated that a woman born in South Africa has a greater chance of being raped than learning how to read. This sentence speaks a lot for itself. I hope that through media, more attention is brought to countries suffering from poverty and despair since “human rights are given more attention in developing countries than in some developed countries” (79).
The following clip provides account of personal stories and information about sexual violence in Haiti. Perhaps by taking a look at more images and listening to more stories, the international community will more likely try to put a stop to the harms people suffer from.