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I’m Tracy Au and I have graduated from the Professional Writing program from university. I am an aspiring screenwriter, so this blog is used to promote my writing and attract people who will hire me to write for your TV show or movie. I write a lot about writing, TV, movies, jokes, and my daily life and opinions. I have another blog promoting my TV project at www.thevertexfighter.blogspot.com.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Make so-called “honor killings” history

Make so-called
“honor killings” history
 

      
Dear Tracy,

"I decided to kill her because our honor was dirtied,"

That's what one father said after he strangled his 14-year old daughter because she had been raped.

In countries around the world, women and girls face the horrific threat of so-called “honor killings.” Victims are murdered for a variety of reasons, including talking to an unrelated male, rejecting a marriage partner chosen by family members, committing or being accused of adultery, becoming pregnant out of wedlock, not dressing conservatively enough, and even being a victim of rape.

Most so-called “honor killing” cases receive scant attention. They happen in secret. And the women and girls who don’t survive them can’t tell their stories.

Please help Amnesty make so-called "honor killings" history. Donate to support our efforts.

So-called "honor killings" occur frequently.

There are estimates that as many as 5,000 women and girls are murdered each year in so-called "honor killings". That's 13 lives a day.

Amnesty has been working to publicize so-called "honor killings" so that we can stop them.

Right now, we are:
  • Exposing the abuses to the public by identifying cases and documenting them.
  • Advocating for lawmakers in the United States to support the International Violence against Women Act (IVAWA), which contains best practice provisions for preventing and responding to violence against women during peace and conflict.
  • Urging public figures to openly speak out to condemn violence against women including so-called "honor killings" and acknowledge that these abuses are not random or sporadic, but a systemic problem.
Please help us ensure that no woman suffers this horrific fate at the hands of her family. Donate and support our work.

Sincerely,

Kaitlyn Denzler
Women's Human Rights Campaigner
Amnesty International USA

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