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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

May 24, 2018 Sylvie Lavallée
May 17, 2018 Danuta Baziuk
May 16, 2018 Jade Kiran
May 16, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
May 11, 2018 Angel Woytovich
May 11, 2018 Peter Houle
May 10, 2018 Liz Menges
May 10, 2018 Cassandra Santiago
May 6, 2018 Brian Kelly
May 5, 2018 Wendy Dalton
May 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 3, 2018 Sara Vilhena
May 3, 2018 Dena Shelangoski
May 2, 2018 suzanne caruso
May 2, 2018 Lynne Minore
May 2, 2018 Roland Correa Netto
Apr 29, 2018 Veronica Araujo Sassi
Apr 29, 2018 (Name not displayed) please help save women and girls around the world from this twisted notion.
Apr 24, 2018 Deborah Boychuk
Apr 24, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Apr 24, 2018 (Name not displayed) This is horrific. Unbelievable.
Apr 19, 2018 Nancy Seay
Apr 19, 2018 Charlotte Wade
Apr 18, 2018 Amy Weise
Apr 18, 2018 Robert Reed
Apr 17, 2018 Anne-Marie Henkes
Apr 16, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Apr 15, 2018 Renny Wouterse
Apr 14, 2018 Susan Hildreth
Apr 14, 2018 Phyllis Hilkert
Apr 13, 2018 LINDA FANCHER
Apr 13, 2018 Jeff Bradbury
Apr 13, 2018 Justina Lane
Apr 12, 2018 Haley Svec
Apr 12, 2018 Lisa Margraf
Apr 10, 2018 Brian Reynolds
Apr 10, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 8, 2018 Anne Montgomery
Apr 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 5, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Apr 4, 2018 Susan Phillips
Apr 4, 2018 Norman Koszelak
Apr 4, 2018 Elizabeth Hartman Disgraceful and sickening behavior. How is there even any logic in this? Killing someone or harming them for things that are not wrong and when wrong, still never merits this barbaric practice!!!
Apr 1, 2018 Maria Elena Rodriguez These barbaric acts have to stop. How cruel. It's unbelievable that this is taking place in the 21st century and even more unreal that the families of these victims are committing the atrocities. The governments don't want to interfere either.
Mar 31, 2018 Milli Barton
Mar 29, 2018 Eileen Johnson Some people don't understand what honor means! It certainly isn't pouring acid on a young daughter for doing something natural!
Mar 28, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 28, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 26, 2018 Susan Hogarth
Mar 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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