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Seeking honour through killing: the Shafia trial

Shafia

Do beliefs and traditions trump human life? How is honour restored through honour killings? Do behaviors, actions, or beliefs cause a separation significant enough to justify murder in the name of honour? Honour killings, mostly directly at women and girl, is the homicide of a family member due to the belief that the victim has brought dishonour upon the community or family. What is considered dishonour? From dressing in an offensive or westernized manner, marrying by own choice to engaging in homosexual acts, some 5000 women and girls are killed yearly by their own family members (UNFPA). Through killing, the honour is restored and purified back into your family and community. Read More »

Identity: Who am I and why?

How we identify ourselves is a mystery. Do we identify ourselves through religion, through status, through our families, through society, through peers, through culture or through ourselves? Are they all inter-connected? What makes you, you? Why do I believe in what I believe in? How do you identify yourself? What is your identity and where does it root from? Does your identity belong to a school of thought? Read More »

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