Posts tagged "honor killings"

Family Stones Pakistani Woman To Death In So-Called “Honor Killing” For Marrying Man She Loved [UPDATE]

[UPDATE, 5/28:] The New York Times reports that Farazana Parveen was three months pregnant when she was killed. [New York Times] A 25-year-old woman was murdered by nearly 20 family members in Pakistan today because she "dishonored" the family by marrying the man she loved. Faranza Bibi was stoned to death in a so-called…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 27, 2014

Why Are Women Hiding Spoons In Their Underwear?

Women's rights charities in the UK are warning women and girls who are being trafficked into forced marriages to hide spoons inside their underwear at airports to set off metal detectors. The Guardian UK reported that when women have done this, they have been taken aside by airport security for further questioning and have bee…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 16, 2013

Frisky By The Numbers: Scary Number Of Teens In Jordan Support “Honor Killings”

Here's a horrifying statistic that should make us all stop and think: a study of teenagers in Amman, Jordan found that half of the boys and one-fifth of the girls believe that "honor killings" are OK. A so-called "honor killing" is when a family member murders a woman or girl who has brought shame upo…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 25, 2013

Today’s Lady News: Afghan Teen Flees “Honor Killing”

If you read one news article today, read this one: NPR has a powerful story about a teenage girl in rural Afghanistan who ran away from her family after she feared a so-called "honor killing" by her brothers because she talked to a boy on her cellphone. The girl ended up staying on a military…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 2, 2012

10 Suggestions For Renaming The Hymen

In some cultures, the word "hymen" could use a little re-branding — so the Swedish Association for Sexual Education is renaming it! The Nordic org is publishing literature in English, Arabic and Sorani Kurdish that refers to that little piece of tissue as the “vaginal crown” or “vaginal corona” and provides diagrams and info explaining…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 17, 2010