Saturday, 27 February 2016

[ ::: ♥Keep_Mailing♥ ::: ]™ STOP THIS HONOUR KILLING

Dear friends across the world,

For marrying the man she loved, Saba's own father shot her in the head,
 stuffed her in a bag, and dumped her in a river.Then he walked free 
because of a loophole in Pakistani law that allows men to commit so-called 
"honour killings". But,incredibly, Saba survived and she has created a ray of 
hope to finally stop these outrages! We have 24 hours days to help her.

Saba's story is now an Oscar-nominated documentary, and it's all over the news.
 In response, the Pakistani PM just promised to end these heinous crimes,and
 sources say he's instructed his daughter Maryam to be part of the reform process.
 But activists fear that the bill will only be passed if the Oscar buzz
 is massive and public pressure is sustained.

Let's urgently get 1 million of us behind a reform bill before the Oscars tomorrow
 to ensure Saba's story has the global spotlight, and then deliver it directly to the 
Prime Minister to help him push for a strong law. Sign and share
 with everyone, before we lose this moment:

Aroundthe world a woman is killed every 90 minutes in an honour crime.
AlthoughPakistan passed a law in 2004 against these murders, 70% of perpetrators in 
Pakistan walk free because of a "forgiveness" loophole in the law.Ifa woman is 
seen to bring "shame" on her family by refusing to enter an arranged marriage,
 looking too long at a boy, or even beingraped, aman is free to kill her as 
long as another family member forgives him! There is a nobility in communities that 
value and protect their honour. Butthesekillings are not about honour, they are
 about seeing women as property.And the forgiveness loophole 
protects that right to own and kill women and girls.  
Abill was tabled to eliminate this "forgiveness" clause, but it died without a
 powerful member of the ruling party to champion it.The Prime Minister, who has
 never before acted on this, has promised legal reforms to stop these crimes and
involved his daughter, who is considered the heir to her father's political party. 
But there will be push-back and experts say only global attention can give 
Saba, Maryam, and women's rights activists across Pakistan the
 backing they need to change the system. 

We have 24 hours to make sure the Pakistani Parliament feels the world is 
watching and we won't go away until "forgiveness" for honour killings is finally 
removed from Pakistan's law.Let's make sure attention to Saba's story at 
the Oscars is massive, and then take our call to Pakistan. Sign
and share now to get the word out everywhere:

We can make it happen. When teenager Malala Yousafzai was shot by 
the Taliban, the world was outraged. In response, nearly 1 million of us called on
 the Pakistani government to fulfill her dream of education for all. After our petition
 was delivered directly to the Pakistani President, he launched a stipend 
programme for 3 million children.This is what happens when we come together!
 Let's stand with the brave women of Pakistan now to help them create laws that
 protect them, cultures that defend their dignity, and communities that
 support their right to choose their own destinies.   

With hope and determination,

Nell,Alaphia, Ari, Dalia, Ricken, Luis, Ben and the rest of the Avaaz team

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