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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


Mar 30, 2017 GERI GASIOROWSKI Women are not possessions. I am appalled that this behavior is tolerated in 2017 or ever for that matter!
Mar 30, 2017 Helene Goytia
Mar 30, 2017 Amy Agzarian men cannot control women anywhere on this planet
Mar 30, 2017 NINA CHENG agree
Mar 29, 2017 Julie White
Mar 27, 2017 Carlos Santana
Mar 26, 2017 E K Cobb
Mar 25, 2017 Dee Martin
Mar 25, 2017 resi hennebert
Mar 25, 2017 Josianne Rigoli
Mar 24, 2017 Tim Young
Mar 24, 2017 Benazir Heredia
Mar 24, 2017 Rosanne Anderson
Mar 23, 2017 Russell Jackson
Mar 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2017 Stacy Wykle
Mar 20, 2017 Sophie Miranda
Mar 20, 2017 Peter Roach
Mar 19, 2017 Kathy Shimata
Mar 19, 2017 Mary-Kay Jones
Mar 18, 2017 Gérard FRANCOIS
Mar 14, 2017 Mick McMahon
Mar 11, 2017 emily rhinier
Mar 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 10, 2017 Maureen Downs
Mar 10, 2017 sheila mizrahi
Mar 10, 2017 Terry Keck
Mar 10, 2017 Lisa Hurst Bouffard
Mar 10, 2017 Nina Weissman
Mar 9, 2017 micki sutton
Mar 7, 2017 Suzette Henderson Men need to find honor in supporting the women in their life. Nothing honorable what-so-ever in their actions - or the actions of women who support the system and do the men's dirty work.
Mar 6, 2017 Susan Hart
Mar 5, 2017 Myrna Alvarado
Mar 5, 2017 Laura Altman This is so sad and definitely barbaric! It needs to stop!
Mar 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 4, 2017 (Name not displayed) Kindly add that in India thousands of women are killed in the name of dowry, honour killing and witch hunting every year.
Mar 1, 2017 anna myrha
Feb 28, 2017 (Name not displayed) women rights are human rights
Feb 28, 2017 Lucy Peden
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

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