Plenary session on "When Culture Clashes with the Law" begins after an extraordinary morning of testimonies from women talking of forced marriage, rape and sexual violence. Mabel van Oranje of The Elders moderates a panel looking for solutions.
@MabelvanOranje, senior adviser, The Elders, chairs second plenary - where culture clashes with the law #twconf12. Great panel line-up, Nazir Afzal, Jimmie Briggs, Fahima Hashim, Chief Lundu, Sima Samar. @Trustwomenconf
Next plenary about to start @trustwomenconf #twconf12Lisa AndersonNorth American CorrespondentEditor, TrustLaw WomenThomson Reuters FoundationMobile: +1 646 701 1750Lisa.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nazir Afzal, chief crown prosecutor, CPS North West, says he's proud to have been called an honorary woman. He's prosecuted honour killings in the UK. #twconf12
When there is justice in a case of honour killing, it probably stops someone else from doing the same thing, says Afzal #twconf12
Nazir Afzal, chief crown prosecutor, has dealt with 50 honour killings in Britain against women who wanted to drive, or a woman who kissed a boyfriend. He says he is driven by a desire to get to the source of why these killings happen. He says he is driven by looking into his children's eyes and does not want to see them suffer the way girls suffer today.
Fahima Hashim, director of Salmmah Women's Resource Centre, says she believes all women should have a choice over who they marry, whether they get educated #twconf12 #womensrights
Fahima Hashim, a South Sudanese women's rights activist, was engaged to be married at age 14. But she went to university and spent the time thinking about how she could get out of the arranged marriage. Her mother encouraged her to resist quietly, not to misbehave or she would lose the battle if she shouted and screamed. Instead, Hashim said she was docile and listened, but never agreed to proceed with the marriage until her fiance's family grew tired of waiting and walked away from the engagement. But the men in Hashim's family said she would encourage other women to resist the culture. Hashim then decided her destiny was to work for women's rights.
Jimmie Briggs of Man Up Campaign says he realised he had a responsibility as a journalist and as a man to hold the men around him accountable in terms of how they related to and treated women. That's his motivation for his work #twconf12 @briggsjimmie