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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


Feb 26, 2017 mary lehman
Feb 26, 2017 Janice Dixon
Feb 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2017 carol ozouf
Feb 24, 2017 Pamela Llewellyn
Feb 24, 2017 Mary Lannon
Feb 24, 2017 Kat Gallagher
Feb 24, 2017 (Name not displayed) These women can be your daughter, mother, wife. Us as humans are all one as corny as that sounds- spiritually speaking IT IS THE TRUTH. Read any religious based book and that is what you will conclude.
Feb 21, 2017 Theresa Tzitzira
Feb 20, 2017 Bernadette O'Maoileidigh
Feb 16, 2017 leslie shellberg
Feb 15, 2017 Lydia Constantinidis
Feb 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 13, 2017 Marilyn Dambach
Feb 13, 2017 Bill Grueneberg
Feb 11, 2017 pat granger
Feb 11, 2017 Lara Granado Penin
Feb 10, 2017 Stacey Govito
Feb 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2017 Sharon Carton
Feb 10, 2017 Ignacio Pendas
Feb 9, 2017 Michelle Wiseman
Feb 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 7, 2017 Beverly Folkes How is there any honor in killing a woman that dresses to please herself or falls in love or even refuses to divorce an abusive husband? There is only shame on them! they should be made to pay for their crimes.
Feb 6, 2017 Patricia Gillespie
Feb 6, 2017 Shirlee Miller
Feb 6, 2017 Roberto R Bravo A man who hurts a woman does not deserve to be called a man.
Feb 6, 2017 Heidi Steffy
Feb 6, 2017 Patricia Poole
Feb 6, 2017 Michael Ross
Feb 6, 2017 Mrs Sandra Grandstrand
Feb 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 6, 2017 Janice Hendricks Men are the reason women are being abused. MEN are to blame for this cruelty to women which is unjust and despicable. Please work towards legal means to prosecute MEN who torture their family members. It is shameful that this practice continues.
Feb 6, 2017 Elena Hernandez
Feb 6, 2017 Rachael Thomas
Feb 6, 2017 Jacob Yoss
Feb 6, 2017 Amalia Bisignani
Feb 6, 2017 Czerny Auyang
Feb 6, 2017 Caroline Chesebrough
Feb 6, 2017 Tod Jones
Feb 6, 2017 Anna Marie Peloso
Feb 6, 2017 patricia castro
Feb 6, 2017 john langford
Feb 6, 2017 Jane Vaught
Feb 6, 2017 Barbara Weaire
Feb 6, 2017 Debbie Hennessey
Feb 6, 2017 Brian Avery Dear Prince, Women and men the world over are relying on you and implore you to DO THE RIGHT THING in this matter of the ethical and fair treatment of women. I thank you in advance for the reforming and healing actions you will take.
Feb 6, 2017 gladys carp

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