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
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .