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Burned Alive

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When Souad was seventeen she fell in love. In her village, as in so many others, sex before marriage was considered a grave dishonour to ...
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Thebook Burned Alive is about a girl named Souad who grew up in a
narrow minded village located in the West Banks in Palestinian Territory. In Souad’s village women were not respected. Women were considered worthless, and men believed that animals were more importantthan women. Souad’s father was a ruthless man who punished Souad for no reason. Women could not make any decisions for themselves. The only event girls had to look forward to was marriage. Although, women didn’t choose the man of their dreams, their father’s would decide the man that would take their daughter’s hand in marriage. In order for women to find a husband they had to have a goodreputation. Souad’s village had wedding traditions that had to be abidedby. The golden rule of the village was that a woman had to be a virgin.Souad went behind her families back and snuck around with a neighborhoodboy that she was in love with and was going to marry. Souad and Faizi werenot married yet but she became pregnant. She hid it from her family forseveral months. Sex before marriage dishonored her family and was an act that was going to be punished by death. Her parents eventually found out about her pregnancy and had a family meeting. At the meeting the family planned how and when they would murder their pregnant daughter. As a result, Souad was burned by herbrother in law. She was recued and taken to a hospital. Souad had to fakedeath to get away from her family. Jacqueline worked for Terre des Hommes ahumanitarian organization and saved Souad and took her to Europe withSouad’s son so she could have a better life.

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West Bank Map

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The West Bank is in between Israel and Jordan. There are plentiful villages and a few large cities but for the most part the West Bank is filled with tribal areas. Tribal areas are very dangerous for women because women are not respected in these areas.

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Terre Des Hommes

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Terre Des Hommes

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erres des Homes is an international organization that helps kids who are being victimized and forced into work, prostitution, and becoming a child soldier. Terres des Homes makes commercials to show how children are being kicked around by their owners and are being treated like they are worthless. The charity wants people to realize that children are being treated like scum. The commercial shows how kids are being abused and how they are considered less important than animals. Terres des Hommes is disgusted with how badly kids are being treated. The charity wants the public to help solve this problem and help save children from being abused.

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SURGIR FOUNDATION

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The article,Combating Honour Crimes in Europe, talks about the Surgir Foundation which tries to help women all over the world who are suffering. Surgir Foundation informs the public about honor crimes, conducts campaigns for violence prevention, sets up rescue operations for women under death threats in their own countries and bring them to Europe, supports women by giving them refuge until they become independent, and finally by alerting the authorities of the rising numbers of women being killed. Surgir also want to spread the word of honor crimes to the public so that others can get involved and help the women being terrorized all over the world. There is at least 5,000 women in the world that are killed every year for the sake of honor. The article talks about how honor is stronger than people's blood ties. Honor crimes are committed by the people who are supposed to love you the most. In fact, honor crimes are planned out amongst close family members, such as parents, siblings, grandparents and aunts and uncles. Surgir is an amazing foundation because they genuinely care for women all around the world and want to put an end to honor killings.

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Marriage

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The Gale Student Resources in Context article is about different traditions of marriage and how it has changed overtime. The article shows how marriage has gone from an economic necessity, to a romantic fantasized fairytale. Marriage was an ancient practice that established a status and protected the offspring of that marriage. Marriage used to be like a business arrangement that did not involve love. Now, marriage is based on emotional and romantic feelings. Now in the Western society it is unheard of to be forced to get married at an extremely young age. People can decide who their spouse will be. People can marry whoever they want, wherever they want, whenever they want. Love and affection is the driving force behind marriage and men and women are considered equals in marriage. Also, If a marriage does not work you are allowed to get a divorce.

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BBC Panorama - Britains Crimes of Honour - YouTube

"Blanked-out windows, high metal railings, CCTV cameras and monitors - this is a building with high security. I have come to one of a handful of refuges in B...
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This BBC Documentary, "Britains Crimes of Honour" talks about South Asian and Middle Eastern immigrants living in Britain that practice old traditions from their homelands. These traditions are an extremely powerful force and can cause harm to women. Thousands of women in Britain live in silence and fear for their lives. South Asian and Middle Eastern women are being treated as slaves and prisoners. Some men in Britain believe that the key to maintaining honor amongst family and peers is controlling a woman's actions and behavior. In the neighborhoods that stick to old traditions, fathers are forcing their daughters to get married at a very young age. In fact, forced marriage is the root in honor crimes. Women are being murdered by family members because they shamed their family by talking to boys or raising their voices to men. Thousands of women have been killed or injured for the sake of family honor.

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Honor Killings

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PAN (Translated by RAWA): A father brutally murdered his daughter and a young boy for having love affairs in Samangan province, Northern Afghanistan. He stabbed them many times with a knife.
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In the Middle East women are considered insignificant. Women are being murdered by their own family members for the sake of honor. Honor killings is a common tradition in the Middle East and many believe that if a woman makes a mistake the whole family is dishonored. Therefore, the family replenishes their honor and reputation within their village by murdering the person who committed a crime.

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Human Rights Day: US Should Support Victims of Violence Against Women | Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Day: US Should Support Victims of Violence Against Women | Human Rights Watch | Hentges West Bank | Scoop.it
“You said, ‘Hit me,’ and he did. What do you want me to do?”A prosecutor asked Dolores, whose husband had beaten her,  when she tried to file a criminal complaint against him.
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This Humans Rights Day article is about a woman named Dolores who was continuously beaten by her husband and was treated unfairly by her prosecutor. This woman did absolutely nothing wrong, she was a victim of domestic abuse. Dolores took all of the right steps to get help and to get out of her failing abusive marriage. Dolores went to the authorities thinking that they would do anything in their power to protect her from her cruel husband. Instead, Dolores did not receive justice for the crimes that her husband committed against her. Dolores's prosecutor was a man who carried societal biases against women. The prosecutor showed no respect for Dolores, and believed that she was to blame for the abuse she suffered. Dolores was sent home ashamed and was beaten by her husband for eight more years. Dolores found an organization that took her kids in and was finally safe from her ruthless husband.

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Yemeni girl, 15, burned to death by father

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The Gale Student Resource in Context article " Yemeni girl,15, burned to death by father" talks about how honor killings are still a huge problem in Yemen today. A 15 year old girl was murdered by her 35 year old father in a village in Taiz Province because she was communicating with her fiance. In Yemen, it is very common for girls to be married off before the age of 18. It has not been confirmed when the young girl was killed. This crime was considered an honor killing. Yemen is a very narrow minded, extremely tribal country. In Yemen most incidents of honor killings occur in poor areas where tribal law still applies. Most suspects of honor killings are never punished. The fact that honor killings are still happening in Yemen has caused a lot of people to speak out against honor killings. People believe that the lack of government knowledge and awareness and the strong belief in tribal law is the cause for so many casualties.

 

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Sold

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Zana Muhsen, born and bred in Birmingham, is of Yemeni origin. When her father told her she was to spend a holiday with relatives in Nort...
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This book is very similar to Burned Alive in the sense that women are considered worthless and insignifigant compared to men in her culture. This woman was forced into marriage and had to deal with terrible living conditions. Zana had to cope with men constantly mistreating and beating her.

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