Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Women deserve better..

As last week's Rochdale child abuse scandal begins to fade, how desperately sad to see on our TV screens each night, a muslim man - trailed 'respectfully' by his wife in full traditional dress - being accused of murdering his own daughter in what has become known as an 'honour killing'. The name implying that such an act is in some way acceptable. I cannot pre-judge the outcome of this trial, but it seems to me that both these offences directly reflect a deeply held cultural view of women that is both denigrating and dangerous. It says that women's lives are inferior, unimportant and worth less. Like forced marriages and female genital mutilation, it has to stop.