Marte Deborah Dalelv Released

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 in Events, News

Marte Deborah Dalelv Released

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.

On Friday July 19th we:

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

On Monday, July 22nd, 2013 Marte was released.

Ingrid Stange, founder of Partnership for Change:

We are amazed by the massive support for releasing Marte. Each and all of us have been instrumental in securing this happy ending. We are proud of the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Espen Barth Eide, for his active personal commitment and engagement to release Marte.

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.

How we all made a difference (in Norwegian)

We would also like to highlight all the other events, pages and efforts throughout these days including Inger-Marie Schjønberg and her Facebook-group Release Marte Deborah Dalelv.

Read the follow-up story by The New York Times here.