Dr. Shahnaz Shoro, author of The Real Stories behind Honour Killing, was recently invited to be a panelist and keynote speaker at the United Nations Association in Canada’s (UNACTO) Blueprint for Change: Sustainable Development Conference 2019 in Toronto. Her discussion and lecture was about violence against women, gender inequality and the insufficient measures taken by states to curb violence against women. Please see below for some photos of Shahnaz at the United Nations Conference:
Honour killing, as it is widely understood, is the cold-blooded murder of a woman or a man involved with her, by the male members of her household in order to cleanse the reputation of the family, clan, community or tribe. Current research on honour killing suggests that there are a number of intriguing and very cleverly knitted plots of jealousy, greed, violence and murder which show that, in the name of honour, various other purposes are being served and people are killed in ways which give the impression that they are honour killings. By collecting data from people involved in such situations, this book opens a Pandora’s box, showing that such killings are carried out not to assuage the hurt honour of a patriarchal society, but to serve a variety of malign intentions, goals and agendas under the umbrella of highly discriminating laws against women. The book consists of twenty-six testimonies from those involved in honour killings, bringing together interviews with killers, victims and the falsely accused.