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Indian women demand law against honour killing and acid attacks

NEW DELHI: Several women’s groups came together on Tuesday appealing to all political parties to ensure that their concerns are highlighted and the same become part of the mainstream political agend

Rise in karo-kari linked to continuance of jirgas in Sindh

KARACHI: Members of the Sindh Assembly were informed on Saturday that despite a ban on jirgas, they are still being regularly conducted and held in the province.

Turkish law replaces honor killing with suicides

Unreported World travels to Turkey to investigate honour killings, which have now reached record levels, with more than 200 girls and women killed in the past year alone. And in a chilling new development, the programme highlights how a new law outlawing honour killings, passed as part of the Government's attempts to join the EU, may have led to a huge increase in girls being forced to commit suicide instead.

Afghan singer fears honor killings

KABUL (AFP) — Lema Sahar never ventured out in public without an all-enveloping burqa -- not until she jumped on stage and sang her heart out in the Afghan version of "American Idol".

Media help escalate honor killings, study reveals

A study titled "Honor Killings in the Media and Their Impact on Students and Parents" conducted by the Ministry of Education has revealed that parents believe the media play a role in increasing the number of honor killings.

Women’s Platform against Sexual Violence Formed

The Women’s Platform against Sexual Violence aims to create deterrents against harrassment and rape, as well as putting an end to victimisation.

Bıa news centre - İstanbul

18-03-2009

Judge calls for end to use of 'honour killings' term

A senior judge has called for an end to the use of the phrase “honour killings” to describe what is “in reality sordid, criminal behaviour".

SKSW Presentation - 6 March 2009 - New York

Following is a transcript of the presentation by Aisha Lee Shaheed given at the panel discussion: "Ending Violence Against Women: Strategies for Strengthening Advocacy" (6 March, 2009; New York).

Genital mutilation: Women fight Africa's taboo

They broke the silence from tribal elders and politicians – but paid a high personal price for trying to protect millions of young girls from the knife

By Katrina Manson in Sierra Leone

Afghan Women Slowly Gaining Protection

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President of Chechnya defends 'honour' killing

GROZNY, Russia -- The bullnecked president of Chechnya emerged from afternoon prayers at the mosque and with chilling composure explained why seven young women who had been shot in the head deserved to die.

Ramzan Kadyrov said the women, whose bodies were found dumped by the roadside, had "loose morals" and were rightfully shot by male relatives in honor killings.

"If a woman runs around and if a man runs around with her, both of them are killed," Kadyrov told journalists in the capital of this Russian republic.