In the Name of Honour: An Interview with Rana Husseini

Natalia has conducted a wonderful interview with Rana Husseini, one of my feminist heroes. Husseini is a journalist who has long covered “honor killings” in Jordan. The whole thing is worth a read, but this is my favorite part:

N: And what about the “it’s their culture” argument? I’ve had highly educated people say that to me when honour killing is brought up, as in “it’s their culture, you can’t change it, you’re a bigot for even thinking about it in these terms.”

R: First of all, I would say to you – violence against women is part of global culture. It’s not isolated to any religion, class or country. However, some societies develop quicker than others and have better mechanisms for coping with it and discouraging it, and people there can’t ignore the struggle going on around the corner.

We need to remember that we are all human beings, and honour crime goes against human dignity. Ending this violence means a better world for everyone.

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2 comments for “In the Name of Honour: An Interview with Rana Husseini

  1. June 9, 2009 at 6:59 am

    Thanks for the love, Jill. :)

  2. Emma
    June 9, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Excellent article by Maryam Namazie on cultural relativism, religion, women and human rights

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