Marte Deborah Dalelv, a 24 year old woman from Norway, was raped in Dubai. She did what any reasonable person might do: she went to the police. Instead of getting the help she needed, she was put on trial. Her crime was being the victim of rape. She was convicted of having sex outside of marriage and sentenced to 16 month in prison – in Dubai.
The story hit the Norwegian news sites on Wednesday, July 17th, and many people began to show their support for Marte on different social media platforms. We in Partnership for Change were also very touched by the story and wanted to help Marte the best way we could.
• Started a petition to release Marte on Avaaz directed to the Government of Dubai
• Started a petition to support and put pressure on the Norwegian Government to take action
• Created a Facebook-page called Release Marte Deborah Dalelv
• Created a Facebook-event called Release Marte Deborah Dalelv
• Started a Twitter-campaign against different decision makers with the hashtag #ReleaseMarte
• Started a Facebook-campaign against different decision makers on Facebook
• Released different websites, emails, Twitter-profiles, Facebook-pages and phone numbers of different decision makers
Ingrid Stange, founder of Partnership for Change:
It has been reported that her rapist was also pardoned. We find this disgraceful. Let’s not forget that this still happens to women in many countries and let’s keep up the fight for human rights.
Marte is released! Thanks to everyone who signed up to help #ReleaseMarte
— Espen Barth Eide (@EspenBarthEide) July 22, 2013
Glad for at Marte er benådet og at hun igjen er en fri kvinne. Takk til alle som bidro. #ReleaseMarte
— Jens Stoltenberg (@jensstoltenberg) July 22, 2013
Read the follow-up story by The New York Times here.