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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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Burned Alive was set in a village in West Bank and then later somewhere in Europe. We aren’t told the real location to protect the author. The main character of the story is a girl named Souad who is about 15 years old at the beginning of the book. It starts off describing Souads typical day, which consists of a lot of abuse from her father and her working around the house. Everything changes when Souad meets Faiez, who’s an older man. Her culture doesn’t allow her to see or talk to any man at all so she does so in secret. Long story short, he uses her for sex and accidentally gets her pregnant. Her culture denounces sex before marriage and pregnancy before marriage is considered even worse so she tries to get him to marry her before anyone in her village finds out what she did. Faiez keeps dodging her and stops talking to her completely and eventually her family finds out about the pregnancy. Her brother-in-law tries to kill her by burning her alive but she ends up surviving in a hospital. A humanitarian named Jacqueline decides to save Souad and eventually gets her out of the hospital and to Europe where Souad would be safe. Jacqueline convinced Souads family that Souad was dead so they wouldn’t come after her. The rest of the book consists of Souad learning to cope with what happened to her, her severe burns, and readjusting to a different life where women are treated as equals instead of as slaves.

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Sentenced To Death For Being Thirsty

Sentenced To Death For Being Thirsty | West Bank | Scoop.it
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The woman in the picture was sent to death because she drank at a well reserved for Muslim women and she was a Christian. Since she drank from the same cup as a Muslim, she was executed. The photo really struck me because I remembered how Souad was punished for a baby she didn't even anticipate to have. Instead of attempting to understand the situation, the actions taken were rash and extreme.

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Fondation SURGIR - Accueil

Fondation SURGIR - Accueil | West Bank | Scoop.it
La fondation SURGIR est active contre les violences coutumières dont sont victimes les femmes à travers le monde tels que les crimes d’honneur et les mariages forcés.
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SURGIR is a European foundation whose mission is to fight against violence towards woman. Two of their main focuses are honor killings and forced marriage. Most of their work is done in the Middle East but they also work in Europe. One of the programs that stood out to me was on their Intra-Family relationships in Palestine. The main objectives for this program are to establish an open dialogue so children and parents feel comfortable to discuss social issues and taboos. They also work to educate children on their rights because a majority of them aren’t aware of them. Another program in Palestine is education on human rights and violence against women. Palestinian culture is extremely conservative with patriarchal traditions. SURGIR tries to raise awareness of the domestic and sexual violence that occurs daily in Palestine. They also have programs that target issues in Jordan and Israel.

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Shashat's 9th Women Festival Launches in Palestine

Shashat's 9th Women Festival Launches in Palestine | West Bank | Scoop.it

Palestine News Network (West Bank, Palestine), Oct 23, 2013. Reading Level (Lexile):1720

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A women’s film festival was launched in Palestine recently. The festival will travel throughout the West Bank and Palestine and all of the films focus on society’s current view on women. The main project within this festival is called “Remnants” and consists of 10 films. All of these films shine light on the dark parts of society. For example, the treatment of women or the pollution in the sea of Gaza is two topics that are discussed in some of these films. The article briefly describes what each of the 10 films is about. One example I remember is about how a woman decided to have a child and her family claimed that she didn’t have the right to become pregnant. This is the longest running women’s festival and it gives touchy topics more exposure in their society.

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Get Your Priorities Straight

Get Your Priorities Straight | West Bank | Scoop.it
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The cold hard truth is revealed from a simple comparison. It's a difficult concept to grasp that a women can have less worth to a person than a book.

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The West Bank area has a traditional culture. When visiting, women must remember to wear burkas and cover themselves up. They must also look down when walking and not go out of their way to talk to men. Men can go about as they please when they visit this area and have no special orders to follow.

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My Forbidden Face

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Born into a middle-class Afghan family in Kabul in 1980, Latifa had a conventional childhood. Then, Taliban soldiers seized power in Kabu...
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I would read this because it still deals with the persecution of women. Instead of focusing on only what happens in villages, this book seems to cover a bigger issue: the Taliban. I think it would be interesting to read about the fear and terror brought upon her and why she had to hide her face.

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As order slides, Palestinian women face honor killings. (WORLD)

As order slides, Palestinian women face honor killings. (WORLD) | West Bank | Scoop.it

  Ilene R. Prusher. The Christian Science Monitor, Nov 20, 2007. Reading Level (Lexile):1290

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The article discusses recent honor killings that happened in Palestine. A woman named Wafa Wahdan decided to start dressing less conservatively and would often leave her house without saying where she was going. Rumors were milling around that she was having an affair. Recently, her body was found in a garbage dump in town. It turns out that she wasn’t really having an affair but the suspicion was enough to get her killed. The most twisted part of this article was that her two cousins were arrested for her murder. In Palestine, males who admit to murder for reasons of honor can face as little as six months in jail. If a married woman is found having an affair; she’s stoned to death. Equality does not exist between males and females in Palestine. Unfortunately, Wahdan’s children are also now bullied at school because of what happened to their mother. Students were making fun of them just because their mother was murdered due of a rumor that wasn’t even true. The article concludes with a call to action to change the law and raise awareness for honor killings.

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Egypt: Women's Rights Worst in Arab World

Egypt: Women's Rights Worst in Arab World | West Bank | Scoop.it
Study finds Egypt beats Iraq for worst women's rights in Arab world 99.3% Egyptian women sexually harassed.
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The article discusses how women’s rights in Egypt are ranked the worst in the world. Sexual harassment and trafficking are considered the norm in Egypt; 99.3% of Egyptian women reported being sexually harassed. Unfortunately, there are villages whose entire economies are based on female trafficking and that contributes to the terrible treatment of women. After Egypt comes Iraq in worst treatment of women. Interestingly enough, many, if not all, of the top ranked countries were in the Middle East for this study.

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BBC Panorama - Britains Crimes of Honour

"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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The BBC documentary discusses honor killings that occurred in Britain. Banaz Mahmod was a 19 year old who was murdered by her own family because she left her violent husband and started seeing someone else secretly. They hid her body over 100 miles away from their home and buried her 6 feet deep. It took over 5 years to bring justice to all of her perpetrators. A girl who went by the name of “Leila” for safety purposes said how her husband would put his hands around her throat and threaten her. Many women have similar stories to Leila and suffer in silence. Nosheen Azam was married in Pakistan and on numerous occasions went to visit her relatives because her husband and in laws were mistreating her. She was found burning alive in a garden and now lives in a nursing home. She suffered a severe brain hemorrhage and now her father will never know what really happened. Lastly there’s Laura Wilson, a 17 year old who was repeatedly stabbed and killed by Ashtiaq Ashgar. Ashgar was her boyfriend but their relationship was kept secret because Ashgar came from a very traditional Muslim family and would disapprove of the relationship. Wilson made the mistake of telling his family about their relationship and since she brought dishonor on their familiy, she had to be silenced. Many of these honor killings were recent since the documentary was aired about a year ago.

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