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Women around the world live in constant fear of death by burning, decapitation, stoning, or acid attacks for dishonoring their family. “Dishonorable” acts can be simple exercises of free will: marrying the man of their choice, divorcing abusive husbands, or unacceptable dress. They are even murdered for actions beyond their control, including rape.

A Pakistani mother recently doused her 15-year-old daughter with acid for allegedly looking at a boy. She died slowly after suffering agonizing burns to 70% of her body. This is just one example of a chilling, global phenomenon that arose from the cultural commodification of women and is reinforced by misguided concepts of honor. It's estimated that as many as 5,000 women are killed by members of their own families annually.

Sign the petition: Urge the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad) to continue advocacy to end to the barbaric practice of honor killings.

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Dear Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad, High Commissioner for Human Rights:

Women in Pakistan, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Afghanistan, and all around the world live their daily lives in fear of a violent, torturous death at the hands of their own family members, all in the name of honor. The twisted notion that a woman is a legitimate lightening rod for a clan's moral liability has resulted in an estimated 5,000 deaths annually via shooting, burning, decapitation, stoning, or gruesome acid attacks.

“Dishonorable” acts can be simple exercises of free will: marrying the man of their choice, divorcing abusive husbands, or simply dressing in a manner deemed unacceptable. They are even murdered by their kin for actions entirely out of their control, including sexual assault and incest, as these are also often interpreted as bringing shame. The justifications for these brutal murders are as morally repugnant as the manner in which they are carried out.

While the two main factors contributing to the origins of this lethal violence against women are the commodification of women as property and misguided conceptions of honor, it is a lack of legal culpability that allows these homicidal acts to continue. Until statutes are in place to punish the perpetrators, the practice of honor killings will no doubt continue to proliferate. Agents of “honor” killings often receive light sentences or are exonerated entirely by the courts because defense of the family's honor is treated as a mitigating circumstance (in Jordan, the murder of women for the sake of restoring family honor is legally sanctioned).

We urge you to continue diligent advocacy work towards legal reforms resulting in full prosecution of family members who murder their own daughters, sisters, mothers, and wives.

Petition Signatures


Jan 15, 2018 Elizabeth Wolff
Jan 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 12, 2018 Lucy Kelly
Jan 10, 2018 s w
Jan 9, 2018 Paola DeCastro
Jan 8, 2018 Cecilia Lucas
Jan 5, 2018 stephanie Spiers
Jan 5, 2018 Jennifer Fastwolf
Jan 5, 2018 Ron and Patsy Graham When I was in Egypt, our guide told us that if she wasn't a virgin when she married, she could be killed. I said "Still?!!!!) She said yes. I said "By your religious leaders?" She said yes.
Jan 4, 2018 GENE NATALE
Jan 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Dec 28, 2017 Beverly Brzycki
Dec 27, 2017 Susan Borski THESE ACTS ON WOMEN ARE A NIGHTMARE AND SHOULD STOP THIS IS CRUEL AND DISHONORABLE PLEASE STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec 26, 2017 doris gonen
Dec 23, 2017 Corinne Svalmark Tragic stop this ! This is not honorable!!
Dec 23, 2017 Geraldo Azevedo
Dec 23, 2017 Wagner Pessoa
Dec 23, 2017 Berenice Guedes de Sá
Dec 23, 2017 Raquel Nakaza
Dec 23, 2017 Caroline B. Pinheiro
Dec 23, 2017 Barbara Guedes
Dec 23, 2017 Alsira de Lima Guedes
Dec 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 21, 2017 Christian Müller
Dec 19, 2017 Donna Channen
Dec 16, 2017 Patric Andersson
Dec 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 13, 2017 Terri Robb
Dec 12, 2017 Antonia M. Miranda Fernández
Dec 11, 2017 Kristin Dawson
Dec 11, 2017 Rosie Seymour
Dec 10, 2017 Dawn Palmer
Dec 10, 2017 Roberta R Czarnecki
Dec 10, 2017 Denise Williams
Dec 2, 2017 Barbara Costanzo
Nov 29, 2017 DayLynn McDonald
Nov 25, 2017 Cinzia Moore
Nov 24, 2017 Jo Mosley
Nov 24, 2017 Virginia Lippert
Nov 23, 2017 Terri Lynch
Nov 23, 2017 Nancy Parks-Smith
Nov 21, 2017 Alysa Waring
Nov 21, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 14, 2017 kaye abramson
Nov 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 13, 2017 Sandra Cobb
Nov 13, 2017 barbara eichelsbacher
Nov 8, 2017 Beah Robinson
Nov 8, 2017 Serenella Castri
Nov 8, 2017 Barbara Hrybinczak

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