The issue of the honour killings is one of those sensitive topics that almost everybody is aware of, but is afraid to discuss, mostly due to false religious sensitivities. The fact that somebody could be killed because of violating some outdated ethical norms is difficult to comprehend in the West, yet the media are more than willing to overlook it in the name of “cultural diversity.”
Although the phenomenon has been observed in different religious environments, it happens with disturbing frequency in the Muslim communities. Most of the victims of that crime are women and girls. In many Muslim countries the killers are treated leniently, according to the sharia law, which makes the plight of women even worse.
It is disturbing that after immigrating to Western countries, some Muslims continue to mistreat women and are barely aware of the laws and the principle of equal rights. Often teachers, social workers, police and lawmakers ignore important signs in family conflicts that could help prevent a tragedy.
The recently released documentary – Honor Diaries: Culture Is No Excuse for Abuse – takes a look at that injustice. Through interviews its makers show how by using antiquaeted religious norms many men are trying to impose complete control over the women in their families. On March 30 you will have the chance to see the movie in Canada:
The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow
in collaboration with Speakers Action Group
and Act! For Canada
announce the Toronto launch and screening of the award-winning documentary
Sunday 30th March 2014 – 10:00 am
Colossus Woodbridge, Famous Players Cineplex
3555 Highway 7 West at Hwy 400, Vaughan, ON L4L 6B1
Cost of admission: $ 10.00 per person*
Presented by: Raheel Raza, President Muslims Facing Tomorrow
“The stories in ‘Honor Diaries’ … will succeed in raising awareness of atrocities happening around the world” LA TIMES.COM/RED EYE REVIEW
“When women suffer in silence, they suffer alone, and their suffering grows. Only when women come together and break the silence can this suffering end.” Comment after the screening at the CHICAGO FILM FESTIVAL
Supported by: Coalition of Progressive Canadian Muslim Organizations (CPCMO) www.HonorDiaries.com
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