“Dedicating this collage work to all those women who are not respected in their society and not given a chance to show their talent. In my work, the hair represents the bright side of a woman showing that she can achieve anything; from soldier to model to scientist. She can do anything but her society doesn’t support her. Her face shows that she has a smile on her face but that doesn’t mean she is happy. She is always cursed or called with bad words; and the worst of all she is raped. I want to encourage women that nothing can stop u from achieving anything.”
Reem El-Attar, Artist, Activist, More to Her Story Champion
“Our bodies belong to us and are NOT a source of your honor Women and girls are still being abused and murdered because they are thought to represent the honor of their families. A woman’s life is deemed so worthless that its easily taken if she does something that her family/culture considers “dishonorable” You represent you own honor, the women and girls of your family do not!! Enough with this so called honor of yours that you use to justify killing your own daughters with.”
“I made this art piece last year. It was inspired by a law that’s against women in the Middle East. The law is that if a man rapes a woman and decides to marry her, he will not go to prison and will not be considered guilty. Many families in the Middle East force their daughters to marry their rapists because they’re afraid of the stigma and many cases end by the girls committing suicide. I hope this piece brings awareness so the world will know what these girls are going through.”
“There is so much pain Iranian women face that one caption isn’t enough. As a male from Iran, I believe every woman deserves to live free.”
"My Life Is More Important Than Your Family Honor"
“Women and girls are considered so worthless that they can be killed for absolutely no reason. Isbah was a 16-year-old Yemeni child who was brutally murdered by her three brothers after they tortured her and forced her to drink poison upon orders from their dad who lives abroad. They documented the whole process through pictures to show their dad. They lied to everyone and said she died from stomach pains and claimed that she “dishonored” the family. This is truly sickening. This is why we need feminism. This is why we need everyone to start seeing women as human beings and as equals. This is why will keep fighting. As Audre Lorde said “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”
No Honor In Crime/ لا شرف بالجريمة
“An honor killing or shame killing is the murder of a member of a family, due to the perpetrators belief that the victim has brought shame or dishonor upon the family, or has violated the principles of a community or a religion, usually for reasons such as divorcing or separating from their spouse, refusing to enter an arranged marriage, being in a relationship that is disapproved by their family, having sex outside marriage, becoming the victim of rape, dressing in ways which are deemed inappropriate, engaging in non-heterosexual relations or renouncing a faith.”
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