When I read this, it broke my heart. Honor killings happen in countries with very strong religious beliefs like the Middle East. In Half the Sky, the victims of honor killing have families very similar to those in the articles I have read. The families are very strict and believe in punishing their children or wives by using violence if they disobey or do something that would bring their family shame. In many cases the victims of honor killings do not do anything harmful such as in this article. I could not believe these teenagers were killed for just enjoying the rain. I strongly disagree with crimes like these and the murderes should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law with no mercy shown to them.
If my family believed in killing me because of talking to a boy, I would have been dead when I was five. I do not understand why families like these are so strict or why they would even believe that honor killing is right. It pains me that her father did not care that he was hurting and killing his own daughter on an issue that is so insignificant. I read about stories like this one in Half The Sky where the victim was killed by her own family.
I admire the courage it took for her to leave her family and start all over again in a new country, but it is sad that women now have to go into hiding just to protect themselves from their own families.
Malala inspires me everytime I read her story. She is only sixteen years old yet she has the courage of a thousand people. She stood up for what she believed in and almost died. There are women like Malala all over who speak out against gender inequality. This relates to Half The Sky because the book gave examples of women who fight against gender inequality like Malala.
In Half The Sky and articles I have read, the stories of the girls sent to brothels are very similar. They are tricked by relatives or friends into leaving their families and going into the city to get jobs like picking fruit to make money. But many times, the girls are taken to thugs who work at brothels by the friend or realtive. It makes me sad that the people that know them would betray them like this.
Women can do anything men can do. There are many campaigns worldwide to raise awareness about gender inequality and they have millions of supporters. The empowerment of women is the solution to the end of gender inequality. The authors of Half The Sky promote the empowerment of women to help decrease human trafficking, honor killings, genital mutilation, as well as many other things.
Honor killings include viscous crimes like this one. In Half The Sky, I read that families would also burn wives or throw acid on their daughters. Beheading, acid throwing, and bride burning are the most viscous honor killing crimes I have read about. It angers me that the ones responsible usually are never punished and if they are their punishment is not as severe as their crime.
Girls' Education: Why It Matters - infographic 1/2 Two infographics from technology provider Intel's girls and women project show the impacts of education for girls on their future wages, family health and surrounding poverty levels.
This relates to Half the Sky because this is the main solution the authors talked about to end gender inequality. This is a great visual to show that education really does make a difference in girl's lives as well as in the lives of people around the world.
Female genital mutilation must be treated as human rights abuse, say nurses and midwives.
Thousands of girls in danger of genital mutilation are being failed by the health and justice systems, a coalition of health professionals has warned in a report that recommends aggressive steps to eradicate the practice in the UK.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) should be treated the same as any other kind of child abuse and evidence of it must be reported to the police, according to the report.
Janet Fyle, a policy adviser of the Royal College of Midwives and one of the report's authors, said that just as it was inconceivable that a health worker would not report evidence of child abuse to the police, it should be equally important to report evidence of FGM.
"If we are applying child protection laws, we cannot pick and choose which crimes against children we pursue," she said.
"We are not asking for more money or legislation, we are just asking that child protection laws should work for all children not just some."
According to the report more than 66,000 women in England and Wales have undergone FGM and more than 24,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of it.
Despite its regular occurrence, FGM has not resulted in a prosecution in Britain, whereas in France there have been about 100.
The report – Tackling Female Genital Mutilation in the UK – will be launched at the House of Commons on Monday by the Royal Colleges of Midwifery, Nursing and Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Unite union and Equality Now. It has been praised by the government.
FGM is carried out in Africa and the Middle East by Muslims and non-Muslims. It predates Islam and is not called for in the Qur'an although it mostly occurs in countries that became Islamic.
In countries such as Somalia and Egypt more than 90% of women have undergone some kind of FGM but it is also common in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Mali and Sierra Leone. Although FGM has been outlawed in the UK since 1985, migrants from countries where FGM is common have continued the practice here or by taking girls to their home countries for it to be performed.
Since 2003, Britons can be prosecuted for acts of FGM abroad.
The report recommends that FGM must be treated as child abuse and evidence of it should be collected by the NHS and shared with the police and education officials. It also recommends that health workers who detect evidence of FGM should treat it as a crime and inform the police.
The former director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer, said it was only a matter of time before prosecutions for FGM took place.
"Through working together closely with the police, health and social careprofessionals and the third sector, we are now in a much better place to have a successful prosecution against those who perpetrate this practice," he wrote in the report's foreword.
"It is only a matter of time before this happens and this will send a very powerful message that FGM is a crime that will not be tolerated in a modern multicultural society."
The report recommends that health workers identify girls at risk and treat them as if they were at risk of child abuse. Girls at risk are defined as girls born to a woman who has undergone FGM or a child who lives closely with someone who has.
It also calls for a government-funded awareness strategy, similar to the HIV campaigns, and for health workers to be held accountable for their success or failure in monitoring FGM among patients and sharing information.
The report clearly emphasises the importance of an individual's safety over the respect for religious and racial sensibilities, a point welcomed by Shaista Gohir, the chairwoman of the Muslim Women's Network.
"We need to be mindful of cultural and religious sensibilities but safeguarding the child from FGM has to be the priority. If a child is at risk it is better to protect them rather than religious and cultural feelings," she said.
The report's launch will be hosted by the public health minister, Jane Ellison, who has praised the report but not yet endorsed any of its recommendations.
She said: "One of my priorities as public health minister is to work towards eradicating female genital mutilation. Having supported this report during its development, I welcome its publication and the lead that the organisations involved, representing so many healthcare workers, are showing."
A spokesman for the Department of Health said ministers had yet to study the report's recommendations.
Other suggestions include that medical staff should question all new young female patients to determine the prevalence of FGM in their families and that teachers and schools should highlight the issue with at-risk groups and individuals.
Sarian Karim, a 36-year-old community worker from Peckham, south London, who suffered FGM as an 11-year-old in Sierra Leone, welcomed the report.
"FGM is a normal thing for us. We don't know it is against the law, but I know that it damages girls and leaves them scarred for life – mentally and physically.
"It is very important that everyone knows that FGM is illegal. We suffer from a lot of complications [because of the procedure].
"We want those people who work in schools to have guidelines and be able to inform, prepare and protect children."
Robyn DeAbreu's insight:
Genital mutilation was talked about in Half The Sky, mainly in the congo. This article contains great information on why genital cutting should be considered child abuse. I agree with it.
More than 2,100 victims of female genital mutilation have been treated in London hospitals since 2010, it emerged today.
Almost 300 women needed surgery to help them recover from the brutal ritual, new figures have revealed.
Among those treated in the capital's hospitals included 12 children, including one girl who had been left with an 'open wound' following the criminal act.
Despite being illegal in the UK, female genital mutilation is on the rise with an estimated 66,000 women dealing with the after-effects and more than 20,000 young girls thought to be at risk.
The procedure is associated with communities in Africa, particularly Mali, Somalia, Sudan and Kenya, as well as some parts of the Middle East.
Many girls living in Britain are taken to these countries for be 'cut', and some will be as young as five.
But it is becoming more prevalent in the UK and experts say today's figures are 'truly shocking' but there are 'far more victims' than the data shows.
In the majority of cases the clitoris is removed because it gives sexual pleasure.
A total of 2,115 FGM patients were seen between 2010 and now, the Evening Standard has revealed.
Dr Comfort Momoh, a specialist in dealing with these injuries at St Thomas’ Hospital, said: 'These statistics show a very significant number of women are being treated for FGM.
'But there are still lots out there who are not being identified because they don’t know where to go for help, aren’t being referred by GPs or are too scared to come forward.
'I’m really worried about girls, in particular. Where are they going to seek help? The GPs who are their first point of call often don’t have the knowledge. We also need teachers and lecturers to do more to at least signpost girls towards help.'
Nimko Ali was seven when she underwent Female Genital Mutilation in Somalia and now campaigns against it through her charity Daughters of Eve.
'For too long, it has been passed off as a "cultural" ritual. But this act is not about celebration. FGM is gender-based violence, it's as simple as that,' she said.
It came as Director of Public Keir Starmer said it was 'only a matter of time' before there is a prosecution for female genital mutilation.
'I think a prosecution is much closer now than it's been at any stage since this was made a criminal offence in this country,' he said.
'We have devised a strategy, and we have now got the intelligence-led operations that are bringing us very close to a prosecution.
'I do not think that's a failure - that is trying to grapple with a difficult problem. If it was easy there would have been a prosecution.'
Robyn DeAbreu's insight:
While reading Half The Sky, I thought genital cutting had only taken place in less developed countries like Africa. So when I read this article, it shocked me a bit that genital cutting happened in places like London. I was not aware that this had become a worldwide problem. More girls than I expected have had this done to them and it horrifies me even more that this occurs all over the world.