On the occasion of the International Day Against Violence Against Women, Mada’s Gender Studies Program held a symposium on: “Killing of Women in Palestinian Society: Interactions Between Social and Political Relations.” Clips of the film Deadly Honor were screened. Directed by Lipika Pelham, the film documents cases of women killed in al-Jawarish neighborhood in the city of Ramle. The symposium was held in the city of Tira in the Triangle area, in collaboration with the People's Committee to Combat Crime in Tira.

Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Director of Mada’s Gender Studies Program (GSP), opened the forum, emphasizing that the GSP is interested in making women's voices heard wherever they are. She explained the limitations of proposed legislation to harshen punishment for men who abuse and kill their wives: “Such a proposal ignores women while they are alive, and only gives them attention when they become corpses.”

On behalf of the People’s Committee, activist Samar Samara stressed that Tira has been suffering a deadly violent situation; in the past two years 21 people have been killed. She stated that killings have become a daily reality in Tira. The police are not acting to reduce crime, rather they encourage it by neglecting to punish killers and allowing the proliferation of arms.

GSP coordinator Dr. Suhad Daher-Nashif gave a presentation entitled “Murder Spaces: Variations of Structuring the Palestinian Subject,” based on a study she conducted with Professor Shalhoub-Kevorkian between 2007 and 2011, which analyzed the process leading to the killing of women in Ramle. Dr. Daher-Nashif stated, “The situation of Palestinian women is subject to power and control relations of the state's institutions and informal social institutions. Interactions among all of these institutions lead to women’s deaths in Palestinian society.”

 

 

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