Monday, December 22, 2008

Take action on honour killings

by Chloe Angyal

Deepali Gaur Singh at RH Reality Check has a distressing piece about honour killings, something we've been reading a lot about this year. Singh explains the larger social structure that allows perpetrators and defenders of honour killings to paint them as a private matter, out of the hands of the law and those who enforce it:

... while such incidents elicit attention due to the intrigue and horror attached to them as some primordial custom practiced by certain sequestered communities, the fact is that this form of violence is just a part of a much larger problem of violence against women and an issue that transcends cultures and religions. Complicity by other women in the family and the community only helps strengthen the notion of women as property and the perception that violence against family members is a family matter and outside of the judicial and public domain.

Scary stuff, especially the complicity of other women. Of course, culture is strong, and fear of death will make people do whatever it takes to survive. But women don't deserve this; no one deserves this. (It should be noted that honour killings aren't restricted to far away lands. Unless you count Canada as far away.)

Want to do something? Want to donate some money this Christmas instead of buying stuff? Check out the International Campaign Against Honour Killings, the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organization and of course, Amnesty International, all worthy causes.

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