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Women around the world live in constant fear of death by burning, decapitation, stoning, or acid attacks for dishonoring their family. “Dishonorable” acts can be simple exercises of free will: marrying the man of their choice, divorcing abusive husbands, or unacceptable dress. They are even murdered for actions beyond their control, including rape.

A Pakistani mother recently doused her 15-year-old daughter with acid for allegedly looking at a boy. She died slowly after suffering agonizing burns to 70% of her body. This is just one example of a chilling, global phenomenon that arose from the cultural commodification of women and is reinforced by misguided concepts of honor. It's estimated that as many as 5,000 women are killed by members of their own families annually.

Sign the petition: Urge the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad) to continue advocacy to end to the barbaric practice of honor killings.

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Dear Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad, High Commissioner for Human Rights:

Women in Pakistan, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Afghanistan, and all around the world live their daily lives in fear of a violent, torturous death at the hands of their own family members, all in the name of honor. The twisted notion that a woman is a legitimate lightening rod for a clan's moral liability has resulted in an estimated 5,000 deaths annually via shooting, burning, decapitation, stoning, or gruesome acid attacks.

“Dishonorable” acts can be simple exercises of free will: marrying the man of their choice, divorcing abusive husbands, or simply dressing in a manner deemed unacceptable. They are even murdered by their kin for actions entirely out of their control, including sexual assault and incest, as these are also often interpreted as bringing shame. The justifications for these brutal murders are as morally repugnant as the manner in which they are carried out.

While the two main factors contributing to the origins of this lethal violence against women are the commodification of women as property and misguided conceptions of honor, it is a lack of legal culpability that allows these homicidal acts to continue. Until statutes are in place to punish the perpetrators, the practice of honor killings will no doubt continue to proliferate. Agents of “honor” killings often receive light sentences or are exonerated entirely by the courts because defense of the family's honor is treated as a mitigating circumstance (in Jordan, the murder of women for the sake of restoring family honor is legally sanctioned).

We urge you to continue diligent advocacy work towards legal reforms resulting in full prosecution of family members who murder their own daughters, sisters, mothers, and wives.

Petition Signatures


Jun 16, 2017 Renay Partin All life is sacred.
Jun 12, 2017 Léa Le Brizaut
Jun 9, 2017 Marcia Taylor
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 8, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please stop this unacceptable evil practice.
Jun 7, 2017 Suzi Jackson
Jun 3, 2017 kalyana krishna
Jun 2, 2017 Susana Osorno
Jun 2, 2017 Denise Garner
Jun 1, 2017 Harrison Parker this is madness, stop the killing
May 30, 2017 Laura Sturdevant When my sister hurts, I hurt. Please continue the fight for decent treatment of all women.
May 30, 2017 Ursula Kiefert
May 27, 2017 (Name not displayed) Save the Mother
May 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) I hate killing
May 24, 2017 Jay Burt These barbaric actions have to end, the people there need to be educated and change needs to happen.
May 24, 2017 Jessica Theetge barbaric actions. I can't believe that these things still happen
May 21, 2017 Andrea Harrison
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 19, 2017 Patricia Parren
May 19, 2017 carol king
May 15, 2017 Winifred Tonione
May 15, 2017 Joann Hess
May 15, 2017 Pam M.
May 15, 2017 Dot Swiegers
May 15, 2017 Cecilia Tanaka
May 15, 2017 Diane Montgomery Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Our lives begin to end the day we are silent about things that matter." This senseless violence towards women for "dishonorable" acts does, in fact, matter; we absolutely cannot be silent - legal reforms have to be made.
May 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2017 Sylvia Ferro
May 15, 2017 Wendy Paschall We urge you to continue advocacy to end honor killings.
May 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2017 Susan Whit
May 15, 2017 Gary Denese
May 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2017 Carol Pattee
May 15, 2017 Elizabeth Madsen Woman need to stand up for all women. All woman deserve to be free
May 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2017 Aimee Jones
May 15, 2017 Leslie D This has to be stopped. This is 2017, not 1017.
May 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2017 Beth Johnson
May 15, 2017 Amanda Gilbert This has got to end it's evil in every sense of the word, no woman should have to live in so much fear
May 15, 2017 Lynn Webb
May 15, 2017 Tanya Corona
May 15, 2017 Patricia Wolski
May 15, 2017 Kristi Jogis
May 15, 2017 Nancy Baer
May 15, 2017 cheryl wenberg

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