Stop the BBC from using the euphemistic term 'honour killings' to describe murder

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Gill Walker
5 years ago
There's nothing honourable about it. Murder is murder - say so. Why is the BBC afraid of offending vicious killers?

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David Lang
5 years ago
Stop this barbarism it is not honourable it is murder and only murder.

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Clive Sheppard
5 years ago
Not condoning murder is preferable to not offending muslims in our politically correct sick society. BBC bias again? Stop it BBC!

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May Creasey
5 years ago
The term is just so wrong as it diminishes the crime of murder

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Christina Holden
5 years ago
No. I will not sign this petition. The BBC I am sure does not think that " honour killing" is a legitimate concept. There are misogynistic and bigoted idiots who do. The BBC should be reporting that misogynistic and bigoted idiots exist.

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Morag Henderson
5 years ago
Cultural murder...or perhaps misogynist murder.

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Jaswinder Singh Chaggar
5 years ago
Murder is murder, whether it be for cultural excuses or others. The term 'honour killing' is a euphemism for a brutal murder based on cultural beliefs which have no place in Britain or anywhere else in the world.

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Anita Kanitz
5 years ago
"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."
- Albert Einstein

"As women, we must stand up for ourselves. We must stand up for each other. We must stand up for justice for all."
-Michelle Obama

There are worlwide many missing cases of women, girls and childs and the reason is in the most cases, they get murdered because they are women, girls and childs.
We must educate men and boys worldwide, to respect women and girls and not rape, torture, harass, stalk, kill and hate women and girls, because women and girls are the future of humankind and every day they bear children under pain and danger. Without women and girls there is no life, love and peace on earth.

Women hating has many faces today: sexual and domestic violence, rape, gang and corrective rape, marital and child rape, stalking, gang stalking, human trafficking, workplace, online and street harassment, child marriage, forced marriage, sadistic pornography, forced prostitution, FGM, honour killings, blaming of assault and rape victims, daily hate speech against women and girls, femicide, female infanticide, dowry murder, widow murder, sexual murder, witch hunts, acid attacks, sex slavery, stoning and punishment of assault victims.

About thousands of missing women and girls:
According to Indigenous activists, approximately 60% of the 3000 women that have gone missing or been murdered in Canada since 1980, are Native, with approximately 500 cases outstanding in BC alone. The official number of cases according to NWAC is 583. The discrepancy between these numbers can be attributed to a lack of funding for widespread research, most recently manifest in the government’s cutting of funds to NWAC’s Sisters in Spirit campaign.

Approximately two thirds of the official cases were murders and one-quarter of them are unresolved disappearances.

Over 300 of the official cases are still unsolved.

Roughly half of the official murders and disappearances have occurred since the year 2000.

Indigenous women in Canada are five times more likely than other women to die as the result of violence.

Sixty percent of known perpetrators are white men.

According to research conducted by gang expert Michael Chettleburgh, 90% of teen, urban sex-workers in Canada are Aboriginal.

About 75% of Aboriginal girls under 18 have been sexually abused.

Aboriginal women make up 3% of the Canadian population and over 30% of the female prison population.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls!
British Columbia, August 3, 2016.:
The chief commissioner for the national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls says she and the other four commissioners accept the “serious responsibilities” that have been given to them.

This morning, British Columbia judge Marion Buller was named as chief commissioner for the inquiry. She is joined by Michele Audet, Qajag Robinson, Marilyn Poitras and Brian Eyolfson. All members are Indigenous.

“Our goal is to make concrete recommendations that will ensure the safety of our women and our girls in our communities,” said Buller, after the work undertaken by the three ministers who led the pre-inquiry was symbolically passed on to her in a birch basket containing a memory stick. “We are committed to doing the difficult work ahead of us.”

The federal government has given an additional $13.8 million on top of the budgeted $40 million for the work to be undertaken by the commission, which will operate from Sept. 1, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2018.

The Department of Justice will also be providing new funding.

An emotional Jody Wilson-Raybould, justice minister and attorney general, announced $16.17 million over three years to allow provinces and territories to establish family liaison units to help families get information on lost members. As well, $4.5 million will be used to support victim service projects across the country.

“The national inquiry will focus on the root causes of the disproportionate rates of violence of crime against Indigenous women and girls and on the extent of the vulnerability to violence. We need to identify the causes of those disparities and take action now to end them,” said Wilson-Raybould. “We know that the inquiry cannot undo the injustices that Indigenous peoples have suffered over decades, but we can review what happened in the past, reflect on our present circumstances and chart a path moving forward.”

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said the national inquiry is unique in that not only is it supported through the federal Inquiries Act, but provinces and territories are in the process of passing orders in council giving the commission access within provincial and territorial jurisdictions. The commission will be supported by regional special advisory committees.

“We are handing over authority to the five commissioners to conduct the inquiry in the manner they see fit,” said Wilson-Raybould.

Fast facts: statistics on violence against women and girls

Between 15 and 76 percent of women are targeted for physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the available country data. Most of this violence takes place within intimate relationships, with many women (ranging from 9 to 70 percent) reporting their husbands or partners as the perpetrator. Across the 28 States of the European Union, a little over one in five women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence from a partner (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, 2014).

In Guatemala, two women are murdered, on average, each day.

In India, 8,093 cases of dowry-related death were reported in 2007; an unknown number of murders of women and young girls were falsely labeled ‘suicides’ or ‘accidents’.

In Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa and the United States, between 40 and 70 percent of female murder victims were killed by their intimate partners.

In the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, 66 percent of murders of women were committed by husbands, boyfriends or other family members.

Violence and Young Women

Worldwide, up to 50 percent of sexual assaults are committed against girls under 16.

An estimated 150 million girls under the age of 18 suffered some form of sexual violence in 2002 alone.

The first sexual experience of some 30 percent of women was forced. The percentage is even higher among those who were under 15 at the time of their sexual initiation, with up to 45 percent reporting that the experience was forced.

Harmful Practices

Approximately 130 million girls and women in the world have experienced female genital mutilation/cutting, with more than 3 million girls in Africa annually at risk of the practice.

Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18, primarily in South Asia (31.3 million) and sub-Saharan Africa (14.1 million). Violence and abuse characterize married life for many of these girls. Women who marry early are more likely to be beaten or threatened, and more likely to believe that a husband might sometimes be justified in beating his wife.


Women and girls are 80 percent of the estimated 800,000 people trafficked across national borders annually, with the majority (79 percent) trafficked for sexual exploitation. Within countries, many more women and girls are trafficked, often for purposes of sexual exploitation or domestic servitude.

One study in Europe found that 60 percent of trafficked women had experienced physical and/or sexual violence before being trafficked, pointing to gender-based violence as a push factor in the trafficking of women.

Sexual Harassment

Between 40 and 50 percent of women in European Union countries experience unwanted sexual advances, physical contact or other forms of sexual harassment at work.

Across Asia, studies in Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea show that 30 to 40 percent of women suffer workplace sexual harassment.

In Nairobi, 20 percent of women have been sexually harassed at work or school.

In the United States, 83 percent of girls aged 12 to 16 experienced some form of sexual harassment in public schools.

Rape in the context of Conflict

Conservative estimates suggest that 20,000 to 50,000 women were raped during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, while approximately 250,000 to 500,000 women and girls were targeted in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Between 50,000 and 64,000 women in camps for internally displaced people in Sierra Leone were sexually assaulted by combatants between 1991 and 2001.

In eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, at least 200,000 cases of sexual violence, mostly involving women and girls, have been documented since 1996: the actual numbers are believed to be far higher.

(The Facts: Violence Against Women & Millennium Development Goals (compiled by UNIFEM, 2010).

Demographic and Health Survey Domestic Violence Module. Country data available in English, search for DHS “Final Reports” and topic “Domestic Violence”.

The International Violence against Women Surveys publication and country-level data, available for purchase from Springer.

The World Health Organization (WHO) Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against Women Study and Fact Sheets.

The Secretary-General’s Database on Violence against Women and Girls (go to “Advanced Search” and filter for Research and Statistical Data)

The Tools Section of the Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence against Women and Girls (filter for data/surveys and country reports) for additional reports.

See also Violence against Women Prevalence Data: Surveys by Country (compiled by UN Women, 2012 update), which presents data available for 99 countries on the prevalence of physical and sexual violence against women, forced sexual initiation and abuse during pregnancy, mainly drawn from leading international surveys: Demographic and Health Surveys, Reproductive Health Surveys, Violence Against Women Surveys and the World Health Organization Multi-Country Study. Available in English, French, and Spanish. Previous compilation of 86 countries from 2011 available in English, French and Spanish.

With recent outrage in Argentina over the brutal murder of 14-year-old Chiara Paez, the conversation about femicide has been reignited in mainstream media.

The young girl was allegedly beaten and killed by her boyfriend during a supposed dispute over her pregnancy. This case brings to light the overwhelming violence brought against women throughout much of the world.

This violence against women, the killing and maiming of women solely because of their gender, has been coined femicide.

It's important to distinguish femicide from homicide, as most research conducted in countries with high rates of femicide don't consider them as such.

Femicide is the sexist violence against women because of a patriarchal system that believes in the inferiority of women themselves.

It's a crime that discriminates. It is not just the murder of women, but the murder of women because they are women. In many cultures and societies, this violence has long been accepted and encouraged.

And even now, when many countries have created laws against femicide, this violence is still all-consuming.

There are many different forms of femicide, but they all involve the beating, mutilating, torturing or killing of women and girls because of the fact they are women.

In much of the world, women are seen more as objects, instead of people with equal power and representation in their societies. Because of this, the beating and killing of women is allowed, looked over or even encouraged.

The different forms of femicide include honor killings, dowry killings, intimate femicide, non-intimate femicide, genital mutilation, infanticide, sex trafficking and many others.

It's important to stay informed on matters such as these, and the first step to doing so is understanding these issues, where these killings are most committed and how to put an end to it.

Here's a list of five countries where femicide is most prevalent in the world today.

The murder of Chiara Paez outraged the country of Argentina, and sent thousands of people into the streets to protest.

Stories of other women killed or beaten because of getting pregnant, having sex or other reasons connected to their gender, flooded the media.

It sparked protests that began in Buenos Aires, but spread through Chile, Uruguay and up to Miami, FL. According to La Casa Del Encuentro, 31 women are killed every hour in Argentina, and 1,800 women have been killed since 2008.

Argentina has one of the biggest problems with femicide, and these protests are hopefully going to bring about justice.
El Salvador

According to the Small Arms Survey, El Salvador is the country with the highest femicide rate.

And while femicide is considered a criminal act in El Salvador, fewer than 3 percent of these cases are taken to court. Most of these killings fall under the intimate femicide category: acts commited against women by their partners or family members.

And, most of these acts are due to the woman having sex before marriage, having sex outside of marriage or being raped.

The cases of femicide have only increased, averaging to about 600 cases in 2011. The numbers aren't decreasing.

The type of femicide most prevalent in India is dowry killing, or the killing of a woman by her partner or members of her partner's family, because she wasn't able to bring a big enough dowry into the family.

Then there is the killing of young girls, simply because they are not boys. This killing is also known as infanticide, and according to studies, 21 percent of girls between the ages of 1 to 5 won't see their sixth birthday.

And, infant girls are 50 percent more likely to die than boys before their first birthday. In many cases, girls grow up to become victims of more domestic violence than their male counterparts.

This abuse is a result of deliberate neglect by the family for the simple fact that they are female and have “less to offer” than men.

In Honduras, femicide is also widely committed. And while intimate femicide is a large problem, an even bigger problem facing the country is the high rate of child sex trafficking.

In Honduras, many young girls are forced into becoming sex workers. Young girls suffer large amounts of child abuse, and the country has no way of protecting them, even though child protection laws exist.

Many of these children need shelters and need the government to enforce these laws, but the children are left unprotected.

In many cases, they are killed. Extrajudicial killings (illegal killings sponsored by the government) of young children, especially young girls, has risen from 447 in 2009 to 1,068 in 2011.

Femicide is considered the second leading killer of women in Honduras. Honduras ranks third on the Small Arms Survey, in terms of highest rates of femicide, and these sexist killings are going unreported and unresolved.

Mexico is another country where the sexist killing of women is an issue that has gained major attention recently with stories of women like Rosa Diana, Dulce Cristina Payan and Barbara Reyes.

According to the National Citizen Female Observatory, six women are killed due to their gender every day.

The murder and mutilation of women has been on the rise since the 90s, and it's only getting worse.

Women are often found dead after having had their breasts cut off and/or their bodies brutally, sexually abused.

Most of the perpetrators are husbands, boyfriends or family members.

And, the biggest problem facing the country in regard to these horrific crimes is the lack of government intervention on behalf of these women.

Between 2012 and 2013, only 24 percent of femicides were investigated. Of those, only 1.6 percent came to a conclusion with someone arrested and sentenced.

There is too much violence in Mexico and not enough government aid, and because of this too many women are killed without remorse.

This is just a small sample of the countries where femicide is a nationwide pandemic. Some others include South Africa, Guatemala, Columbia, Brazil and the Russian Federation.

Femicide happens in Europe too, for example in Italy:

At least 58 women in Italy have been killed by a partner or ex-lover so far in 2016, and more than 155 have died this way since January 2015, prompting anti-gender violence campaigners to urge the government to commit more resources to tackling the problem.
In the past week, a girl in Pordenone in northern Italy was shot dead by her ex-boyfriend before he turned the gun on himself, and on Thursday a 46-year-old teacher in the northern town of Pastrengo was killed by her ex-partner who stabbed her and hit her in the head with a vase as he told police he "lost it for an instant", ANSA sources said.
These two recent cases are the latest in a series of "femicides" or killing of women that is often linked to gender-based violence and commonly involves spurned former partners. The phenomenon has prompted many Italian women to hang red blankets from their windows in protest.
Another widely reported case was of the 22-year-old Sara Di Pietrantonio, a Rome university student who was strangled and then set on fire by her ex-boyfriend, Vincenzo Paduano, who was unable to accept that she had a new relationship and had threatened and stalked her for weeks before he killed her.
The Telefono Rosa association that helps victims of violence also pointed to figures that show 8,856 women have reported facing violence since January 2015, and 1,261 have faced stalking. They said that was just the tip of the iceberg considering that about 90% of women do not report this sort of violence.
The association said the government needed to do more to fight the issue to avoid more deaths.
"How many more need to die before the government realises that economic resources, means and efforts to fight gender violence are completely insufficient?" Telefono Rosa President Gabriella Moscatelli said.
"How many women, girls, mothers, daughters, sisters and friends do we have to see massacred by ex partners that have become monsters and assassins, before decisions are made to put in place active policies that are appropriate for tackling the enormous social problem of violence against women?" she said.

These countries report severely high levels of violence against women, with little to no policies protecting them, or the ability to enforce the laws that do exist. But, even the numbers we have don't necessarily show the truth.

Most of these statistics are grossly inaccurate. These countries don't accurately report the number of victims, due to lack of awareness or general disbelief in the illegality of femicide itself.

This violence can't continue, and it is our responsibility to do everything we possibly can to end these careless murders.

What can be done? The World Health Organization has some ideas.

For starters, it's important that better information be taken down in relation to these heinous crimes. More effective records need to be kept based on the newly evolving, legal definition of femicide.

Femicide as a criminal act has already been incorporated into legislation in many countries, such as Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico.

These are some of the countries with the highest rates of femicide, but unfortunately, in most of these countries, the laws prove useless in prevention.

They are only effectively enforced when women are killed, and even then, the subjectivity that surrounds the term makes it harder to win a conviction.

There also needs to be more effective sensitivity training for police and health workers.

They need to know what to look for; they need to be able to see growing signs of violence before they lead to death.

There need to be stricter gun laws, as many of these women were killed as a result of gun violence. When a gun was introduced into the home, women were three times more likely to be killed by it.

In countries with the highest rates of homicide, over 60 percent of the women killed were killed using guns.

But, most importantly, what we can all do right now as we read this article is raise and strengthen awareness.

This is a problem most people aren't quite aware of.

Femicide is a term not many people fully comprehend, but it's important we learn more about this term, this violence and the women and children who suffer because of a patriarchal system that degrades women.

The more people who know about it, the more people can stand up, have a voice and fight for the rights and the safety of these women.

That's the most important thing of all.

Women hating is connected with cruel prostitution and cruel pornography:

Pornography harms women.

Pornography is not fantasy. Pornography happens in the real world, to real women; everything you see in pornography happened somewhere to a real woman.

The pornography industry is a multi-billion dollar global industry.

Pornography exists to make money. It is an industry that chews women up and spits them out; it is an industry where exposure to violence, harassment, injury and infection are seen as normal and acceptable.

Pornography doesn’t expand our sexuality – it stunts it.

Mainstream heterosexual pornography dictates a narrow and limited idea of human sexuality. In pornography, male sexuality is predicated on cruelty, coercion and degradation; female sexuality is predicated on submitting to or appearing to enjoy being subjected to cruel, coercive and degrading treatment. Pornography eradicates women’s sexual agency, and makes it harder for women to find out about their own bodies and their own sexuality.

Pornography portrays sexual violence against women as normal, natural and an inevitable part of male sexuality.

Sexual desire does not develop in a vacuum. The prurient attitude we have to sex in this country, combined with a lack of decent sex education, means that many people use pornography as their primary source of information on what sex is supposed to be like. Mainstream heterosexual pornography tells men that the sexual abuse of women is exciting, and that women enjoy being abused. It tells women that in order to do sex properly, they have to put up with and enjoy such abuse.

Pornography reinforces male supremacy, and the idea that men are entitled to sexual access to women’s bodies.

Men define themselves as being whatever is not a woman, in order to be a man it is necessary for there to be a subordinate group of women for men to compare themselves to and feel superior to. In mainstream heterosexual pornography men are always the active agents and women are always the passive objects. No man in pornography ever fails to get what he wants; the women in pornography exist solely to satisfy men’s desires, they have no will or desire of their own except to service men’s needs.

Pornography portrays sex and women as disgusting.

The words used to describe women and women’s bodies in pornography betray the fact that women and sex are seen as dirty and disgusting by the men who use it: ‘bitch’ ‘cunt’ ‘slut’ ‘fuck toy’ ‘fuck hole’ ‘dirty’ ‘filthy’ etc etc.

Pornography promotes misogynistic beauty standards.

In mainstream heterosexual pornography women are interchangeable, it trains women and men to see a natural female body – one with pubic hair, or small breasts, or any fat – as unnatural and disgusting.

Pornography affects you.

Even if you are not a pornography consumer, a significant number of the men you interact with every day will be. It’s difficult to imagine that a man can spend a lot of time viewing and masturbating to degrading images of women without that pornographic ideology having a negative effect on his view of women.

Pornography and sex are not the same thing!
The message must be: Free your sexuality from pornography

A heinous hate crime: FGM, the reason of many deaths of female childs, women, girls.
About 100 million to 140 million girls and women worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and more than 3 million girls are
at risk for cutting each year on the African continent alone.
FGM/C is generally performed on girls between ages 4 and 12, although it is practiced in some cultures as early as a few days after birth or as late as just prior to marriage. Typically, traditional excisors have carried out the procedure, but recently a discouraging trend has emerged in some countries where medical professionals are increasingly performing the procedure.
FGM/C poses serious physical and mental health risks for women and young girls, especially for women who have undergone extreme forms of the procedure (see Box 2 for types of cutting).
According to a 2006 WHO study, FGM/C can be linked to increased complications in childbirth and even maternal deaths. Other side effects include severe pain, hemorrhage, tetanus, infection, infertility, cysts and abscesses, urinary incontinence, great pain during intercourse and childbirths and psychological and sexual FGM/C is practiced in at least 28 countries in Africa and a few others in Asia and the Middle East.
The 27 developing countries included on this chart are the only ones where data have been systematically collected at this time. FGM/C is practiced at all educational levels and in all social classes and occurs among many religious groups (Muslims, Christians, and animists), although no religion mandates it. Prevalence rates vary significantly from country to country (from nearly 98 percent in Somalia to less than 1 percent in Uganda) and even within countries.
Since the early 1990s, FGM/C has gained recognition as a health and human rights issue among African governments, the international community, women’s organizations, and professional associations. Global and national efforts to end FGM/C have supported legislation targeting excisors, medical professionals, and families who perpetuate the practice, but political will and implementation remain an issue.
Some of the data that have been collected in recent years give hope to those working toward the abandonment of FGM/C as they reflect lower levels of cutting among girls ages 15 to 19.

We must stop these heinous patriarchal crime against women, girls and female childs, babies.

Schocking rape and murder of a little girl in Saudi-Arabia,2013:

A father, the iman Fayhan al Ghamdi, raped, tortured, and murdered his 5 year old daughter, justifying his actions by claiming he did not believe she was a virgin (remember, she was 5 years old). He crushed her skull and broke her back while raping her. During the rape he ripped her anus and then attempted to burn it shut, all while she was still living. I cannot imagine a more deplorable act and one more worthy of severe punishment, But I cannot hear anything about the punishment of the heinous culprit. In Muslim countries these cases are very often.

We must end forever these crimes on women, girls and children. They were tortured, raped, humilated and murdered for only one reason, because they are female and men hate them.

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Judy Hammond
5 years ago
It's absolutely outrageous these people are allowed to murder their own family members in atrocious, horribly painful ways such as stoning! This must be called what it truly is, barbaric murder!!!

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Debbie Ethell
5 years ago
It is murder and nothing else