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April 07 2012

Five years on - the murder of Du'a Khalil Aswad. On this day in 2007, Du'a Khalil Aswad was stoned to death in an honour killing in Iraq. It led to Joss writing his "Let's Watch A Girl Get Beaten To Death" essay a month later. Organisations like Equality Now campaign against honour killings but they need your support.

If you'd like to give to Equality Now, their 20k in 2012 campaign is nearing its deadline and far from its goal.
Isn't this the year that Joss was planning to do a special push for Equality Now? Any word on what he is planning to do (that we might want to participate in?)? I do want to help make too much noise.
Thank you to Simon and the Whedonesque crew for once again agreeing to my request to post these links on the Anniversary of Du'a Khalil's murder. I think it is important that people read the essay, who haven't already, to understand Joss at that moment of needing to reach out to make his questioning about this world, the people in it, and his anguish heard. I heard and felt that anguish. I joined Equality Now as a way of validating for myself that much more could and should be done.

To use Simon's words, now, five years on, the same organizations write me to sign petitions about honor killings and women's rights. So on the surface, while it feels that evil in the world is "doing business as usual", I do believe, that while I am discouraged, sometimes depressingly so when I read about not even women, but children, being murdered by their parents and relatives in honor killings, progress is being made in the Middle East. I hope those changes will translate to families who live in the United States, the UK, and elsewhere, who practice honor killings there.

As stated in this 2000 article:

"Women are being harassed, they are insulted, they are heartbroken, and that might be more than killing. If women are insulted, then a sensitive woman might feel as if she is killed every day, and especially in Middle Eastern societies women are insulted in different forms with abusive language. Me myself, I believe that it is bigger than killing,” says Iraqi teacher and lawyer Pekin Meeran Ismail.

I don't believe that harrassment is bigger than killing, but it is a horrible, torturous way to live.

Someone took issue with Joss saying in his essay that he never had any faith in humanity. Again, you need to understand that he came to us and shared his feelings in that moment. But even if he still feels that way, he also said:

But I will give us props on this: if we can evolve, invent and theorize our way into the technologically magical, culturally diverse and artistically magnificent race we are and still get people to buy the idiotic idea that half of us are inferior, we’re pretty amazing. Let our next sleight of hand be to make that myth disappear.

The sky isn’t evil. Try looking up.

Until the last stone is put down, until the last fist is unclenched and the guns and knives locked away, Equality Now needs you.

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