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Honor Killing: Mother, two daughters murdered over video of them enjoying the rain.

Honor Killing: Mother, two daughters murdered over video of them enjoying the rain. | Gender Inequality |
Daily Two teenage sisters have been murdered in Pakistan after they were accused of tarnishing their family's name by making a video of themselves dancing in the rain. The girls, aged 15...

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Robyn DeAbreu's insight:

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.

Morgan Molosso's curator insight, May 5, 2014 8:43 PM

I chose this article because it deals with an honor killing.  I really was interested in the thought process behind honor killings and the more and more I read about them the more intrigued I got.  This relates to half the sky by women getting killed for no reasons (gender inequality).


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Couple kills daughter who talked to a boy

Couple kills daughter who talked to a boy | Gender Inequality |

Local police officer Tahir Ayub told AFP the father, Mohammad Zafar, had had suspicions about his daughter Anvu Sha and became enraged when he saw her with a boy outside their home on Monday.


"Zafar beat her up and then poured acid over her with the help of his wife. She was badly burnt but they did not take her to hospital until the next morning, and she died on Wednesday," Ayub said.



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Robyn DeAbreu's insight:

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.

Claudia Isabella Cannon's curator insight, April 23, 2014 2:29 PM

I chose this article because the mother and father murdered their daughter for talking to a boy. They beat her and then doused her with acid. This related to half the sky because it shows that people in other countries have strict rules and if they are not followed, they are severely punished. 

Jacob Cooney's curator insight, April 24, 2014 2:04 PM

This is interesting because it shows just how strict families can be in certain parts of the world, and how severely they react to little things, like Half the Sky touched on.

Morgan Molosso's curator insight, May 5, 2014 8:50 PM

The reason I chose this article is because it was so extreme.  Just to think that for talking to one boy your family would kill you is just mind blowing.  This relates to half the sky by the family killing the daughter by pouring acid on her.  The mom also did this to the daughter so it shows how corrupt the gender inequality is in these countries.  

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Video:Islam in Sweden - Honor Killing--Women Hide in Terror From Relatives Hunting Them Down

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Robyn DeAbreu's insight:

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.

littlebytesnews's curator insight, May 1, 2013 11:45 PM

This is Islam....they have to live in terror in other countries to try and escape beheading and stonings or other forms of honor killings. This is what happens when you don't abide by sharia law and live as the Koran teaches. Imagine if we allow more Muslims to infiltrate the US how much worse it will get. Europe is learning the hard way what immigration of Islamists has led to, but it may be too late. Hopefully it won't be too late for us.


According to the video report, Sweden has 300,000 Muslims, expect these killings and threats to increase as immigration increases. 

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Malala: We must talk to the Taliban

Malala: We must talk to the Taliban | Gender Inequality |
A 16-year-old shot in the head by the Taliban for championing girls' rights to education says talking to the militants is the way forward.

Via @NewDayStarts
Robyn DeAbreu's insight:

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.

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A 16-year-old shot in the head by the Taliban for championing girls' rights to education says talking to the militants is the way forward.

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UN Says Rape, Gender-Based Violence Rampant In Somalia - Voice of America

UN Says Rape, Gender-Based Violence Rampant In Somalia - Voice of America | Gender Inequality |
Voice of America
UN Says Rape, Gender-Based Violence Rampant In Somalia
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“Rape continues to be perpetrated by unknown armed men and men wearing military uniform.
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Horrors of India's #brothels documented

Horrors of India's #brothels documented | Gender Inequality |

Via #BBBundyBlog #NOMORELIES Tom Woods #Activist Award #Scoopiteer >20,000 Sources >250K Connections
Robyn DeAbreu's insight:

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.

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What People Really Think about Women

What People Really Think about Women | Gender Inequality |
Thanks to a tweet from sociologist Sarah Sobieraj, we learned of a powerful campaign to raise awareness about gender inequality from the arm of the United Nations dedicated to empowering women.

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Robyn DeAbreu's insight:

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.

Aniya Hall's curator insight, October 23, 2013 3:04 PM

Women are mistreated based on their gender and their knowledge. Some women are forced to have babies and some are forced not to have them. Did you know that India have a bride burning and every two hours women have acid thrown onto their faces. This is important to me because i am a female but im also a young lady. I do not agree with this unfair cruel treatment. 

Sirila Padi's curator insight, December 5, 2013 7:29 PM

This article appears on my page because gender inequality is such a big topic in the world today. Not only was it popular a while ago, but it still is and the only way to stop it is by awareness. Some people don't even know how their actions itself can easily display this. Honestly, anyone would benefit from reading and viewing this because it really shows how are society thinks. Through this, hopefully we can come together and change this so that when you type "Women cannot" in a google search these wont show up. This related specifically to our reading of Half the Sky because it shows again the big topic of gender inequality. It shows the difference or the stereotype that women cant do something because they are a women. This should not be how the world operates. Women can do every single thing that men can do. Its not that they can't do it, yet instead its all about first offering them an oppurtunity to do it so that we can prove those that think this wrong!


hannah's curator insight, April 27, 2014 9:21 PM

 found this article to produce intersting results . It gives apublic view of private thinking about women verse men's oles and rights. While we often of the inequality exmaples of such things as  baby girls in China being mistreated or killed or boys being fed more in Indian. We tend to think the more western world holds women to different standards, this google seach research project from the United Nations demonstrated that there remains unequalities among the thinking of various educated and urban minds of both men but even very much so in women proving feminist movement remain important in promoting this pattern of social thinking.

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Afghan woman’s family ‘behead her and her lover and dump their bodies in graveyard in horrific honor killing’

Afghan woman’s family ‘behead her and her lover and dump their bodies in graveyard in horrific honor killing’ | Gender Inequality |
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Robyn DeAbreu's insight:

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.

Morgan Molosso's curator insight, May 5, 2014 7:59 AM

I chose this article because it evolved Afghan women being killed for honor killings.  This relates to half the sky because the women are being killed for non-significant reasons. Honor killings are a result from gender inequality and gender discrimination.   

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islamist Religion of Peace Alert: Girl Axed 15 Times by BROTHER in Attempted 'Honor Killing' - Clash Daily

islamist Religion of Peace Alert: Girl Axed 15 Times by BROTHER in Attempted 'Honor Killing' - Clash Daily | Gender Inequality |
A 17-year-old girl whose brother tried to murder her in an 'honour killing' said she wishes she had died after surviving an axe attack, disowned by her

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Morgan Molosso's curator insight, April 28, 2014 2:22 PM

This article would be a good resource for Place.  I chose this article because it was about an honor killing and honor killings really interested me.  This article is also located in a region with prominent gender inequality because of the religious based government.  This article related to Half the Sky by a girl being hurt in a society based off of a religious government.  



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All About Data

All About Data | Gender Inequality |
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.
Robyn DeAbreu's insight:

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. 

Jacob Cooney's curator insight, April 24, 2014 2:00 PM

This drew my attention because it relates to HTS by showing various statistics and facts about what happens when more women are educated.

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UK must act to halt mutilation of girls – report

UK must act to halt mutilation of girls – report | Gender Inequality |

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.

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Syria: Arabs between 50 and 80 ask for girls who have white skin and blue or green eyes. They want them very young, no older than 16...

Syria: Arabs between 50 and 80 ask for girls who have white skin and blue or green eyes. They want them very young, no older than 16... | Gender Inequality |
Syrian refugees marrying for money in exchange for 'survival sex' Syria is noted as “a destination country for women and children subjected to forced labor or sex traficking. Arab Racism There are ...

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The details of sex trafficking were introduced to me in Half The Sky and it sickens me that girls are reduced to being sex slaves.

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2,000 female genital mutilation victims seek help at London hospitals in just three years but true figure is 'far more than figures show'

2,000 female genital mutilation victims seek help at London hospitals in just three years but true figure is 'far more than figures show' | Gender Inequality |

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.

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