Are honour killings being used as a weapon to subjugate women?
Last week, the British press reported the story of 17 year old Rand Abdel-Qader who was killed by her father after she became infatuated with a British soldier who was serving in the south of the country. Such ‘honour killings’ are becoming more common in Iraq. The police in Basra claim that as many as 15 women a month are murdered for breaching Islamic dress codes. Iraqi women claim that over the past five years they have lost their freedom of movement, the right to dress as they please and their legal standing. Jenni discusses these issues with a member of the Iraqi parliament – Sunni MP Shatha al Obosi - and with Nadje al Ali – Director of Gender Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.