Jordan Parliament Rejects Harsher Punishment for 'Honor Killings'
For the second time in two months, Jordan lawmakers have rejected a draft law that would enact harsher punishment for the practice of 'honor' killings of women.
If the measure had passed, men convicted of killing female relatives in the name of honor would face the same life-imprisonment punishment as for any other killing. Currently, men convicted of the crime face a maximum of one year in prison.
Dozens of Jordanian women are killed every year in what are described as 'honor' crimes. Under the current law, men convicted of killing female relatives in the name of "honor" serve prison sentences of three months to one year.
Rana Husseni, a leading Jordanian journalist who has reported extensively on honor killings, will be one of the symposium speakers on gender-based violence at the Feminist Majority Foundation's Feminist Expo 2000 for Women's Empowerment, March 31 - April 2, 2000 in Baltimore, MD.
Media Resources: Nando Times and Feminist Majority Foundation - January 26, 2000
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .