The all guilty verdict in the Shafia “honor killing” trial caught me off-guard. It wasn’t the verdict itself (which was a no-brainer), it was how fired up I became when I heard it.
As a woman this a blatant case of the worst kind of violence against women. When you kill a woman or girl because they are female it’s Femicide. Screw a misguided sense of “honor” - it is about control, power and pride (in the vice sense of the word).
This was also a blatant case of parents killing their children - inconceivable to me as a mom. I am looking at my 18 month old daughter as I write this and hope she grows up to be a liberated, self-determining, confident woman - all the traits that seemingly got the Shafia girls killed. Tragic.
And as a Canadian I am fiercely proud that we sent a message to the world that while we are a welcoming nation, we defend the universal values of human rights and justice for all.
My hope in all of this is that the girl terrified of her abuser knows that we don’t think she deserves to be hurt for being HERself - that she is a victim and there can be justice.
And that the abuser feeling a need to control and punish a woman thinks twice - because there is no honor in hurting a woman and he will be brought to justice.
I have hope this message will mean these three girls and woman didn’t suffer and die in vain.
Let’s get the message out. Let our actions help bring honour to their memory.