Honor Killing Of Women In The Middle East

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It is one of the vilest proscriptions against women: the unlawful killings of at least 20,000 women a year in the name of honor. Contrary to popular beliefs, this taboo is not only confined to Middle Eastern countries. Nevertheless, Middle Eastern countries have set a precedent which has caused a contagion effect that is spreading rapidly to other countries. The murders of these women being buried alive, beheaded, stoned to death, etc. all for the honor of their families, are appalling. According to Wei, et al., “honor killings among immigrant communities in the United Kingdom, states that wives and daughters are murdered by their husbands or fathers, simply because their victim have had the temerity to step out of line, and consequently been bludgeoned to death for the sin of challenging patriarchal authority” (223). Honor killings, especially the honor killing of women, are one of many adversaries’ women continue to undergo. While some anti-women extremists may …show more content…
These factors have played a major role in one of the most heinous violations of women’s rights: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). According to World Health Organization (WHO), FGM “includes procedures that intentionally injure and alter healthy and normal female genital organs for non-medical reasons”. Furthermore, FGM consists of four stages that are performed on women between infancy and fifteen years of age. Stage one to three comprises of a Clitoridectomy, excision, and infibulation respectively. These three stages partially or utterly removes the clitoris and labia minora. Stage four includes all other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes, e.g. pricking, piercing, incising and burning the genital area (WHO). Most importantly, it should be should be known that FGM has no health benefits and it only harms women in many ways by causing unwanted and long-term pain, excessive bleeding, and even

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