Filtered By - honour/Shame Culture

  • National Post Barbara Kay on honour and feminism Thursday November 26th, 2015
    On Nov. 11, PAH Governor Barbara Kay gave a speech to the Canadian Association for Equality in Ottawa, entitled “A Question of Honour: Feminism and Multiculturalism in the Political Crosshairs.” Here is the full text of her talk. Last month, in the city of Dessau, Germany, the body of a 20-year old Syrian woman, identified as “Rokstan M.” was discovered in a shall...
  • National Post Call barbarism what it is Tuesday May 12th, 2015
    Our government’s citizenship guide has for four years warned newcomers that “Canada’s openness and generosity do not extend to barbaric cultural practices that tolerate spousal abuse, ‘honour killings,’ female genital mutilation, forced marriage or other gender-based violence.” Soon we will have a law in force to back up this unequivocal and principled...
  • National Post Civilized people choose words, not revenge Thursday January 15th, 2015
    In his Jan 14 column in the National Post, Andrew Coyne tackles the much-debated topic of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons that deeply offend adherents of all three of the Abrahamic faiths, some of which – the ones insulting Muhammad, that is – Quebec media have freely published, but most English media have not (the National Post was one of the few that did).   ...
  • National Post The slow, tentative return of women’s lost sense of sexual honour Friday September 12th, 2014
    The sexual revolution seems to be running out of steam in the West.  The Post’s September 11 editorial informs us that many indicators, such as a dramatically diminished interest in topless bathing in France, the bellwether of female sexual liberation, point to a return of relative conservatism in women’s attitudes to sex.  In North America, teens of all...
  • National Post Makayla needs to be saved from cultural correctness Thursday May 22nd, 2014
    Religion, medical science and the best interests of children can make a hot-potato stew. What do you do, for example, when scientifically ignorant parents believe prayers will be more efficacious than a proven medical intervention to save a critically ill child? That was the question asked and answered in the 1995 case, B(R) v. Children’s Aid Society of Metropolitan Toro...
  • National Post Suffering caused by honour tell tales that smite the heart Wednesday March 26th, 2014
    The documentary film “Honor Diaries” was previewed in Chicago in October, but this month marked its global release. Its Canadian premier took place in Ottawa on Monday to a full house, and its next Canadian showing is this Sunday in Vaughan, Ontario. Honor Diaries is an important film about the difficult lives of women in – or from – certain regions of the w...
  • National Post Banning hijabs won’t halt honour killings Monday November 4th, 2013
    Quebec’s Status of Women Committee has released a 167-page report that primarily addresses the disturbing phenomenon of honour killings of girls and women, 17 of which have been officially designated as such in Canada since 1991. The report also considers strategies to combat non-lethal honour-motivated abuses, including genital mutilations, virginity testing, forced marriage and &...
  • National Post Prison before dishonour Wednesday October 26th, 2011
     Barbara Kay, National Post · Oct. 26, 2011 | Last Updated: Oct. 26, 2011 3:07 AM ET The deaths of Montreal teenagers Zainab, Sahar and Geeti Shafia, along with their "auntie," their father's first wife, bring to something like 17 or 18 the official number of murders in Canada allegedly motivated by the need to redress family honour. Now on t...
  • National Post Understanding honour killings Thursday September 22nd, 2011
    The following is a condensed version of a speech delivered by National Post columnist Barbara Kay on Monday at the "Islamism's War Against Women" seminar in Toronto. Every time I write about honour killings of girls or women in which the father or brother who killed them claimed, sometimes with pride, to be redressing family honour, I am sure to get one or two readers ...
  • National Post 'Honour' by any other name Wednesday September 21st, 2011
     Barbara Kay, National Post · Sept. 21, 2011 | Last Updated: Sept. 21, 2011 3:03 AM ET Areport on domestic violence among South Asian immigrants, released last week at Toronto police headquarters, recommends that the words "honour killing" be shunned in legal and civic discourse. The rationale for the recommendation is that providing a motivation...
  • National Post Honour and violence: a Q&A with Barbara Kay Monday June 13th, 2011
    Honour motivated violence continues to make the headlines -- even here in Canada. We chat with columnist and ideaCity 2011 presenter Barbara Kay about this important topic. It isn’t always easy to hear what Barbara Kay has to say. This award-winning columnist isn’t afraid to take on topics others would rather avoid — like gender politics, men’s rights issues, mult...
  • National Post Getting past the 'honour' code Wednesday February 16th, 2011
    Barbara Kay, National Post · Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 Multiculturalism is getting a bad rap these days. No fewer than three European leaders -- Angela Merkel of Germany, Nicolas Sarkozy of France and, most recently, David Cameron of Britain --have publicly renounced the policy. "We have ... tolerated segregated communities behaving in ways that run counter to...
  • National Post Speaking out against a brutal tradition Wednesday January 26th, 2011
    Barbara Kay, National Post · Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011 Have Canadians forgotten how to take care of themselves? What are the limits of the nanny state -- and how should we enforce them? In a week-long series devoted to these questions, National Post writers examine that endangered concept known as "personal responsibility." --- Canadians are no...
  • National Post The tragedy of honour killings Wednesday December 1st, 2010
    Barbara Kay, National Post · Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the 43-year-old Iranian woman sentenced to death in 2006, is still alive. The deferral of her execution, hopefully permanent, can be attributed in no small part to an international campaign to shame the Iranian government. (Kudos to Indigo CEO Heather Reisman for her leadersh...
  • National Post Attitude rooted in tribal honour code Saturday November 20th, 2010
    Barbara Kay, National Post · Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 In the West, the idea of stoning a woman to death for adultery, or for any reason at all, evokes revulsion. Last year, a Western outcry embarrassed Iran into postponing the scheduled stoning of alleged adulteress Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. She was (temporarily) lucky, but thousands of other g...
  • National Post Battling a culture of honour and shame Wednesday July 7th, 2010
    Afshan Azad in London on July 3, 2007. Barbara Kay, National Post · Wednesday, Jul. 7, 2010 U.K. Actress Afshan Azad (best known as Hogwarts student "Padma" in the Harry Potter film series) escaped death in May when her brother, in collusion with his father, allegedly attempted to murder her in her Manchester home. Still-cryptic reports suggest an atte...
  • National Post Full Comment Forum: Canada and the culture of honour killings Monday June 21st, 2010
    Is there a solution to honour killings? Should we be doing more to impress on immigrants that barbaric customs from their home countries are not acceptable here? Full Comment presents a panel discussion. Today’s panelists are Kevin Libin in Calgary, Barbara Kay in Montreal and Scott Stinson in Toronto. Kevin Libin: Seems to me that asking if there’s a “solution&rdquo...
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