I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced : Family Honor, Honor Killings
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Organization: Nissa wa Aafaq-Women and Horizons

Organization: Nissa wa Aafaq-Women and Horizons | I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced : Family Honor, Honor Killings | Scoop.it
Nissa wa Aafaq-Women and Horizons is a women's organization that seeks to change the social reality of Palestinian women inside Israel, from within the socio-cultural context of this community.
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This organization is a helpful and necesary one. This provides a place where women can talk to each other about their problems and experiences, so they will not feel like they are on their own in the world. They also fight better rights of women in middle eastern countries, especially the palestinians in Israel. This organization fights for rights for things like education, work, and financial affairs.

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In Defense of the Goddess: Speaking Out Against Honor Killing - Huffington Post

In Defense of the Goddess: Speaking Out Against Honor KillingHuffington PostThe novel tells the story of a young woman who lives among the traditional Druze people of Israel until she is slayed in an honor killing, and the American reporter who...
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The article is interesting and a good one. The author's reactions make the information seem genuine and real. The author talks about the first time she became aware of the travesty of the honor killings and her reactions toward them. The use of statistics like "Eight-hundred million women and girls live under the threat of honor killing" and "over 5,000 such murders occur annually" gives a powerful effect to the reader that this problem is still alive today.

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The Stream - YouTube

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The Stream is a social media community with its own daily television programme on Al Jazeera English. On television and online The Stream taps into the extraordinary potential of social media to disseminate news.
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The video clip talks about some Muslim-American women that have rebelled against the oppressive actions of the men in their lives. One woman who came from a conservative family decided to rebel in the way of dressing provocatively and not wearing her conservative clothing out. The clip also brings up interesting points that all women, not only Muslim/Middle-eastern women are oppressed. Even after they have moved to the U.S. they are still oppressed by society. One of the other very interesting points that one of the women in the video was that some of the women that live over in the middle east do not do anything to fight the stereotypes and actually will act in a way that confirms or encourages these notions. For example, many women make the decision to take the position of looking incapable to perform tasks, says the video. Saudi Arabian women are actually not allowed to drive but other women in other countries will chose not to drive.

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I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

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. I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced is a short but good book. The story takes place in Khardji Yemen, in the year 2008. The events were written from the relative past; only a year has passed since the beginning of the book. The story is about the main character, 10 year old Nujood, and her experiences that she has faced at such a young age. The book alternates between past and present in sections. The first starts off in the present with her asking to speak to a judge for a divorce, and is then trailed back to how she got there, even before her marriage. Nujood is the victim of a common travesty that takes place in the middle eastern culture, which is being essentially sold off by an arranged marriage. Nujood faces scary situations with her "husband" who she repeatedly calls a "monster". She is forced to have sex with him multiple times, and is not allowed to do things that a kid her age would normally want to do (for example go outside and play with her friends). After the story has caught itself up to the present, we switch back to her question to the judge. The judge helps her find a lawyer and the case goes to court. Many of the people that here about the case are disgusted about it, and it becomes a popular case with lots of publicity. Shada, Nujood's lawyer, acts as a motherly figure to Nujood, whom she has given the title "my second mother". Nujood wins the case and moves back in with her family. Her father and older brother are not happy because she has dishonored their family, which is the worst possible thing one could do. Nujood's two oldest siblings Mona and Fares that had both run away a long time ago return in the following chapters to talk to Nujood and help her get through her problems of mental scarring. Both show Nujood understanding and help her understand her family much better, especially events that were never asked about regarding Mona and Fares''s leaving. Nujood shows signs of getting over her past and moves on to thinking ambitiously about her future. She looks up to Shada, her lawyer, and wants to become a lawyer when she grows up so she can help girls that had been put in the same situation as her.

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Lifting the Veil in the Middle East; Progress on Women' Rights

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This article talks about the dynamics of the rights in the Middle eastern society. Many of these facts about the middle eastern culture can be seen throughout the book I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced. From the article: "'Honor murders' killing a woman for allegedly sullying her family's honor by refusing an arranged marriage or trying to escape an abusive one still claim the lives of more than 6,000 women per year, with the murderers most often their brothers, fathers or husbands going free as a matter of course."

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Map of Yemen

Map of Yemen | I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced : Family Honor, Honor Killings | Scoop.it
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The country of Yemen is below Saudi arabia, and above the Gulf of Aden and Arabian Sea. Yemen is a hostile country, especially to Americans so one should not take a vacation there. There is war in that country and it is one of the poorest countries in the world.

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In the Land of Invisible Women

In the Land of Invisible Women | I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced : Family Honor, Honor Killings | Scoop.it
"In this stunningly written book, a Western trained Muslim doctor brings alive what it means for a woman to live in the Saudi Kingdom. I've rarely experienced so vividly the shunning and shaming, racism and anti-Semitism, but the surprise is how Dr.
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This book looks pretty interesting, and if I were to read another book dealing with middle eastern culture it would be this one. The little snippet of the book seems to be intriguing because it exposes the truth about the country coming from a western point of view. This point of view would make for a story that would be very easy to connect to in the way of thought.

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Yemen still wedded to child marriages

Yemen still wedded to child marriages | I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced : Family Honor, Honor Killings | Scoop.it
Thirteen-year-old Sally al-Sabahi stood outside the courthouse earlier this month fiddling with her smudged, half-polished nails. She was hoping to get a divorce, but her husband did not show up.
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The article talks about one case of Sally al-Sabahi, and coincidentally also about Nujood and her story. These two stories represent a tragic thing that happens in the middle east but is not seen normally: "Arranged marriages for girls as young as 9 are common in many parts of Yemen" (Yemen). The article states "Money paid by husbands to their brides’ families is also an important source of income. Almost half of Yemenis live on less than $2 a day, according to the United Nations" which is proven true in the book.

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BBC NEWS | Middle East | Speaking out over Jordan 'honour killings'

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Speaking out over Jordan 'honour killings' | I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced : Family Honor, Honor Killings | Scoop.it
The best friend of the victim of an "honour killing" in Jordan tells the BBC of her quest to change her country's laws.
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This article talks about the "honour killings" in Jordan, which is a country in the middle east. "Honour Killings" take place when a woman dishonors her family by speaking in public, or having a relationship that is not arranged by her father. Women are also not allowed to talk to any man in private if that man is not her family or husband. Women are also not allowed to expose any skin besides her eyes. This is accepted in the Middle Eastern culture, but it is still a very tough and almost demoralizing thing for the women sometimes.

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Senior Al-Qaeda figure killed in Yemen over family dispute

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A certain dynamic that is more common in the Middle East than we see here in the west is that family killing family seems to happen more often. This article describes a situation where family kills family over a dispute about honor. A man named Tariq al-Dahab was killed at his home in the southern village of al-Masameh by his half brother, Hizam, and other family members over the fact that Al-Dahab's sister was married to Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born radical militant cleric who was killed by a U.S. drone strike last fall. This is essentially the same situation in the book I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced. Nujood's father has a threat of being killed by family if Nujood dishonors the family. "If you divorce your husband, my brothers and cousins will kill me! Sharaf, honor comes first." (Minoui 96) The rest of the family has no problem with killing each other based on the simple fear of rumors.

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Women's Rights in Yemen

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The article says "The Personal Status Law calls for wife obedience, allows marital rape, reinforces stereotypes about women's roles as caretakers within the home and severely restricts women's freedom of movement" which is unfair, but true about the middle eastern culture. The article also states that the sex discrimination against women is not only in the customs and culture but in the laws. Marital rape is an issue that is seen in the book I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced.

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