Documentary takes critical look at ‘honor’ violence

The documentary features nine Muslim women’s rights advocates who discuss gender inequality and violence against women

Violence against women is a worldwide human rights problem that will be highlighted during Prevention of Violence Against Women Week from April 17 to 23. Duncan United Church Social Justice group, together with Warmland Women’s Support Services Society, presents the documentary film Honor Diaries: Culture is No Excuse for Abuse, on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. at the Duncan United Church at 246 Ingram St. in Duncan.

The documentary features nine Muslim women’s rights advocates who discuss gender inequality and violence against women in Muslim-majority societies.

“Working together to prevent violence against women is the evolution of community. This is how we model humanitarianism to our children,” said Kendra Thomas, program coordinator for the Warmland Women’s Support Services. “When we value women, only then can we truly value all forms of life on this planet. When we devalue women we lose everything.”

According to a press release from the Duncan United Church Social Justice group, Honor Diaries acknowledges “honour”-based violence as “systematic, institutionalized misogyny,” and is the first film to break the silence on the topic of “honour”-based violence against women and girls.

There will be a post-screening dialogue about gender-based violence co-facilitated by Thomas. Admission is free or by donation. For more information on Warmland Women visit www.facebook.com/warmlandwomen.