Now Obaid-Chinoy is researching honour killings in Pakistan, of which some 1,000 have occurred this year. She found a woman in Baluchistan, an extremely conservative region of southern Pakistan, who teaches women their rights even while she purports to teach them embroidery and other traditional arts. @trustwomenconf #trwconf12
Obaid-Chinoy gave example after example that while Pakistani law clearly says one thing, culture trumps it time after time. For example, she shows male villagers noting that a woman who runs away--even if it is not her fault and she is abducted--must be shot in the head because it is a matter of honor.
Obaid-Chinoy notes that in many villages, few, if any women are educated. She told the story of Humaira, a girl whose family supported her education--even as they were reviled and shamed by other villagers who considered educating a girl destestable.
@sharmeenochinoy tells the story of humaira who has changed the mindset of her own family in terms of her education in Pakistan and this is changing the mindset of her community. There is a silent revolution happening in Pakistan, says Sharmeen, and these women give me hope. #twconf12
"It is the stories of these women that give me hope that for my own daughters" there is a brighter future waiting, said Obaid-Chinoy in closing. @trustwomenconf #twconf12
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Conference is about to begin!Lisa AndersonNorth American CorrespondentEditor, TrustLaw WomenThomson Reuters FoundationMobile: +1 646 701 1750Lisa.firstname.lastname@example.org.