Human rights violations against women have, for too long, been denied the attention and concern of international organizations, national governments, traditional human rights groups and the press. Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of girls and women around the world continue to endure debilitating and often fatal human rights abuses. These are only a few instances of abuse which occur every single day all around the world. Human rights violations against women must be documented, publicized and stopped.
Brazil: A man who confessed to stabbing his wife and her lover to death is for the second time acquitted of murder by an all-male jury. The acquittal is based on the argument that he acted in legitimate defense of his wronged honor.
India: A 10-year-old girl is rescued by a flight attendant who noticed her crying. Her father has sold her to the 60-year-old man sitting next to her for the equivalent of $240US.
Ireland: A 14-year-old girl, raped by her best friend’s father, learns she is pregnant. She is prohibited from travelling to England where abortion is legal. Only when she indicates she will commit suicide if forced to carry the pregnancy to term does the Supreme Court allow her to
Many women have risked their lives and created this awareness and movement that will not allow for sacrifices to be made at the expense of women"tms bodies. Religion does not honor these killings. Twice before he had been charged with harassment. The guards in the building managed to intercept the killer and shot him dead. The struggle to remain powerful and the evidence by which they choose to prove their power is the driving force behind their control over women. Should the woman tarnish the family name in any way, whether it be through sexual relations with another man on her own accord, or through a rape in which she had nothing to do with, the men in her family will take immediate actions which result in the death of the young woman. Iman Khader, a feminine activist and human rights lawyer in Jordan says, "I have faith that change will come. As a result, the murderer is unlikely to be reprimanded in court, and is seen as a hero by many. " (Kanaana 44) The honor of a family is very dependent on a woman"tms virginity. (Article 340)Moreover, should a woman fear for her life in such situations, and requests the help of the higher government, it is she - not the potential killer - who is jailed involuntarily "for her own safety. What happened next is merely a glimpse at the horrifying acts that take place all over the world amongst hundreds and thousands of women. However, Islam recognizes and celebrates the inherent dignity bestowed by God upon all human beings regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or religion. This brutal act is most commonly found among the Islamic cultures. In many communities, this means that murder in the name of honor is family business, not frowned upon by the local community. Sirhan spent six months in prison, once again thanks to the Jordan Penal Code.