Changing notions of honour and a better understanding of religion can help stop honour killings.
Disturbing cases of extreme violence against women from around the world have come to the fore in the past few weeks. Farzana Parveen’s murder in Pakistan highlighted the country’s dismal record of women killed in so-called honour killings. According to the Pakistani Human Rights Commission, 869 women were murdered in 2013 in what were said to be “honour killings”.
Sensationalist media quickly picked up Parveen’s story and blasted the familiar stereotypes and misrepresentations, sidelining a much-needed open discussion on misogyny.