'So-called' honour based violence ends in death outside courtroom for Pakistan woman

'So-called' honour based violence ends in death outside courtroom for Pakistan woman

WNN Breaking Story update May 30, 2014: Lahore police have released information saying that honour violence victim Farzana Parveen’s husband, Mohammad Iqbal, had been arrested in October 2009 for killing his first wife Ayesha Bibi before he married Farzana. Iqbal also said, according to AFP news, in a phone conversation that he killed his wife because […]

Is the law in Yemen moving closer to a ban on child marriage?

Is the law in Yemen moving closer to a ban on child marriage?

Suad Abu-Dayyeh for Equaltiy Now – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/EQ) Amman, JORDAN, WESTERN ASIA: The Human Rights Ministry of Yemen has confirmed that one of its officials has helped to prevent the wedding of a 12-year-old girl, which was due to take place earlier this month. Hiba was to be married in Taiz, Southern Yemen, but […]

Forced marriage bill hopes to protect victims in the UK

Forced marriage bill hopes to protect victims in the UK

Astrid Zweynert – WNN Justice (WNN/TLW) London, UNITED KINGDOM: Making forced marriage a crime sends an unequivocal message that it is not just immoral but against the law, one of Britain’s pioneers in tackling honour-based violence and forced marriage says. Nazir Afzal, chief crown prosecutor for Britain’s North West Area, has been a leading force behind […]

INDIA: Marriage definitions change may skip religious identification

INDIA: Marriage definitions change may skip religious identification

Terry Wing and David DeForest – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Uttar Predesh, INDIA: A proposed amendment to India’s marriage law would end the requirement to cite one’s religious affiliation. The move is seen as a way to ease cultural pressures on inter-faith marriages. Proponents of the amendment say it will encourage marriage registration by those who previously were […]

Polygamous wives show fleeting liberation in Cameroon documentary

Polygamous wives show fleeting liberation in Cameroon documentary

Jack David Eller – WNN Reviews In a groundbreaking 2004 study of gender and culture, “Women of the Forest,” book authors Yolanda and Robert Murphy importantly and controversially argue that the apparent subjugation of women in Mundurucu society is not so much subjugation as separation; Women were not so much inferior to men as independent […]