Amnesty International released a report on Tuesday exposing the brutal practice of ‘honor killings’ in Pakistan. According to the report, several hundred women are killed each year for suspected affairs, for seeking divorce, and for being raped. The death of these women and girls typically comes at the hands of male family members who have virtual immunity due to legal bias and judicial practices. "In Pakistan, honor crimes are justified in the name of tradition - but the traditions themselves have been distorted and corrupted to allow for widespread abuse." Amnesty sites Pakistani governmental indifference and complicity in women’s oppression, causing widespread feelings of isolation and fear for women threatened by ‘honor crimes.’ "For some women," according to the report, "suicide appears the only means of escape."
Media Resources: Amnesty International - September 21, 1999
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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. . . .
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House Republicans are now pushing HR 7, a bill promoted as a ban on federal funding of abortion that would actually prevent women from using their own money to purchase health insurance that includes abortion care. . . .
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The vote on the unconstitutional 20-week ban had originally been scheduled for today, the anniversary of Roe v. . . .