Hundreds of women in Arab countries are killed each year in what are called “honor killings:” the murder of a girl or woman who is known or suspected to have committed some form of sexual misconduct. The killing is carried out by a male relative, often the father or brother, for the sake of the family’s reputation. A panel talks about honor killings — why they persist and the international effort to combat the practice.


  • Isis Nusair Researcher on the Middle East and North Africa for the Women's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch
  • Asma Khader Jordanian lawyer working to strengthen laws against "honor killings"
  • Judith Tucker Professor of history and director of the Arab studies program at Georgetown University


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