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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:24

 

"New site brings dignity to victims of honor-violence"

  Women News Network

This article orginally appeared in its entirety here.


 


According to the United Nations and The International Campaign Against Honor Killing at least five thousand women and girls worldwide are murdered each year to preserve ‘family honour’. Many of these women are killed for making personal choices that don’t match the limits placed on them by their families and local society.

According to the United Nations and The International Campaign Against Honor Killing at least five thousand women and girls worldwide are murdered each year to preserve ‘family honour’. Many of these women are killed for making personal choices that don’t match the limits placed on them by their families and local society.

These killings occur in societies where the control of women’s behaviour is the factor at the forefront of defining the standing of men among their peers.

Personal choices come in conflict with a family’s ‘honour’ when a young woman begins to ask – Who do I want to be my life-partner?; What if I don’t want an arranged marriage?; How do I want to dress in public?; What music do I want listen to?; How can I own my own business?; Can I attend a university of my choice?; When will I be able to sing in public, or go dancing?; Can I ask for a divorce if my husband beats me?; Can I attend school?

These questions can bring danger in a society where women and girls are expected to follow strict guidelines.

Judged heavily for such basic freedoms as personal career choices, education, styles of dress, choice of friends and even the number of children they wish to have, women who have become victims of honor violence are trapped in a never-ending cycle of self-denial.

Launched in April 2011 to give a digital memorial to the victims of honor crimes worldwide, a new website called Memini, which means ‘remembrance’ in Latin, outlines the lives of twenty-five women who have been murdered through honour violence.

This article orginally appeared in its entirety here.

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