Welcome!

News Feed Item

'Honor Diaries' Addresses Controversy with Muslim Advocacy Groups

Award-winning film features 9 activists fighting for women's rights in Islamic societies; To interview women from the film: contact Maria Sliwa, M. Sliwa Public Relations, +973-272-2861, [email protected]

NEW YORK, April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A new award-winning documentary, HONOR DIARIES (http://www.honordiaries.com), featuring nine brave activists fighting for gender equality and human rights in Muslim majority societies, has made headlines for exposing some of the most horrific abuses women face including female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriages and honor violence.

Efforts by detractors to silence the real issues: Over the past week some US-based Muslim advocacy groups, have been trying to prevent Honor Diaries screenings on several campuses through campaigns of intimidation and by preventing student's freedom of speech.  They have also used twitter to harass women from the film and detract from the film's real message.

"Instead of protesting the mass-scale abuse of women, American Muslim groups are protesting the film that brings voice to these issues, and provides a platform for female activists to speak out," said Raheel Raza, one of the featured women in HONOR DIARIES. "The voices of the women in this film should be actively promoted, not stifled," Raza said.

It's completely dangerous and shows their mode of operation: bullying, scapegoating, censoring, avoiding issues" said Zainab Khan, who also features in the film.

These groups have succeeded in postponing a screening at the University of Michigan - Dearborn and Ann Arbor campuses, and the University of Illinois - Chicago. We call on these campuses to immediately reschedule the screenings and allow for an open conversation on campus.

"I am disappointed because what I can see by the reactions is that the people who are condemning the film have not seen it," said Heidi Basch-Harod, a human rights activist and one of the film's producers. "They are self-censoring, even. They aren't giving themselves or others the chance to engage in dialogue and meaningful conversations about issues that are important."

Our response: Nearly 50 campuses have already screened Honor Diaries and we are now proudly launching an international screening tour - which will reach even more campuses, schools and communities. See:http://www.honordiaries.com/host-a-screening/ 

Why we made Honor Diaries: Gender inequality and abuse in Muslim majority societies is one of the world's most under recognized human rights concerns. HONOR DIARIES raises awareness of this issue, which also exists in North America and Europe. The film also calls for action to stop violence against all women, and provides a platform for victims who are unable to freely speak out in many parts of the world.

The film has three executive producers of different faiths: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Chris Dewey, and Raphael Shore. "The film is both fair and responsible, and the filmmakers took great care to be very sensitive to the Islamic faith," Raza added.   "This is why more than half a million were able to see this film for months without any uproar.  The uproar should come from the abuse that women regularly face."

Our Calls to Action 

The filmmakers are promoting a petition for US lawmakers to end FGM; a text-line to aid the growing number of women and girls at risk of forced marriage and honor violence in the United States; and the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA).  IVAWA legislative sponsor Rep. Jan Schachowsky (D-IL) presented at an HONOR DIARIES press conference in Washington D.C.

We encourage more human rights groups of all faiths to join in this critical effort.

More Facts 

HONOR DIARIES is presented by five organizations: Women's Voices Now, the Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, Karma Nirvana, the AHA Foundation, and the Clarion Project, with each group advising on the project.  The film has a coalition of over 35 partner organizations including Muslim advocacy groups, human and women's rights groups, and domestic violence centers.  HONOR DIARIES has a multi-faith advisory council comprising of academics, business leaders, and activists.

HONOR DIARIES is told exclusively through the voices of women born in Muslim-majority societies, many themselves victims of violence and subjugation.  The women have often had to cope with intimidation and threats for speaking out.

  • To date over 500,000 people have seen the award-winning documentary on DirecTV's Audience Network.  HONOR DIARIES has been screened publicly in over 100 locations including nearly 50 college campuses.  
  • The film has screened at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, at the UN Committee on the Status of Women in New York, in London's House of Commons, the Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance, and at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.  A Chicago screening was co-hosted by the YWCA and the Anti-Defamation League.
  • The film has been an official selection in over half a dozen film festivals including the prestigious Chicago International Film Festival, and won the Best Documentary award in the interfaith category at the St. Louis International Film Festival.
  • Some Muslim groups have argued that the film should not focus on abuses taking place in Islamic societies, when violence against women is a global problem.  Yet, according to the World Economic Forum, 9 out of 10 countries with the worst women's rights records are Muslim-majority nations.

"While violence against women is indeed a global problem, and that is made quite clear in the film, HONOR DIARIES enables women from within Muslim societies to speak openly about very real problems within our own communities - something which most women are unable to do," said Raza, who is also president of the Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow.

HONOR DIARIES is next screening on DirecTV's Audience Network on Saturday April 5, at 4pm EDT, and is available for download on iTunes. 

To interview women from the film: contact Maria Sliwa, M. Sliwa Public Relations, +973-272-2861, [email protected]

SOURCE Honor Diaries

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Most technology leaders, contemporary and from the hardware era, are reshaping their businesses to do software. They hope to capture value from emerging technologies such as IoT, SDN, and AI. Ultimately, irrespective of the vertical, it is about deriving value from independent software applications participating in an ecosystem as one comprehensive solution. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kausik Sridhar, founder and CTO of Pulzze Systems, discussed how given the magnitude of today's application ...
Modern software design has fundamentally changed how we manage applications, causing many to turn to containers as the new virtual machine for resource management. As container adoption grows beyond stateless applications to stateful workloads, the need for persistent storage is foundational - something customers routinely cite as a top pain point. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Bill Borsari, Head of Systems Engineering at Datera, explored how organizations can reap the bene...
With tough new regulations coming to Europe on data privacy in May 2018, Calligo will explain why in reality the effect is global and transforms how you consider critical data. EU GDPR fundamentally rewrites the rules for cloud, Big Data and IoT. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Adam Ryan, Vice President and General Manager EMEA at Calligo, examined the regulations and provided insight on how it affects technology, challenges the established rules and will usher in new levels of diligence arou...
You know you need the cloud, but you're hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You're looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you're concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies. What do you do?
Sanjeev Sharma Joins June 5-7, 2018 @DevOpsSummit at @Cloud Expo New York Faculty. Sanjeev Sharma is an internationally known DevOps and Cloud Transformation thought leader, technology executive, and author. Sanjeev's industry experience includes tenures as CTO, Technical Sales leader, and Cloud Architect leader. As an IBM Distinguished Engineer, Sanjeev is recognized at the highest levels of IBM's core of technical leaders.
Recently, WebRTC has a lot of eyes from market. The use cases of WebRTC are expanding - video chat, online education, online health care etc. Not only for human-to-human communication, but also IoT use cases such as machine to human use cases can be seen recently. One of the typical use-case is remote camera monitoring. With WebRTC, people can have interoperability and flexibility for deploying monitoring service. However, the benefit of WebRTC for IoT is not only its convenience and interopera...
In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Dumas, Calligo’s Vice President and G.M. of US operations, discussed the new Global Data Protection Regulation and how Calligo can help business stay compliant in digitally globalized world. Greg Dumas is Calligo's Vice President and G.M. of US operations. Calligo is an established service provider that provides an innovative platform for trusted cloud solutions. Calligo’s customers are typically most concerned about GDPR compliance, application p...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Synametrics Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Synametrics Technologies is a privately held company based in Plainsboro, New Jersey that has been providing solutions for the developer community since 1997. Based on the success of its initial product offerings such as WinSQL, Xeams, SynaMan and Syncrify, Synametrics continues to create and hone inn...
Mobile device usage has increased exponentially during the past several years, as consumers rely on handhelds for everything from news and weather to banking and purchases. What can we expect in the next few years? The way in which we interact with our devices will fundamentally change, as businesses leverage Artificial Intelligence. We already see this taking shape as businesses leverage AI for cost savings and customer responsiveness. This trend will continue, as AI is used for more sophistica...
The 22nd International Cloud Expo | 1st DXWorld Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, to be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY, brings together Cloud Computing, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding busin...
Smart cities have the potential to change our lives at so many levels for citizens: less pollution, reduced parking obstacles, better health, education and more energy savings. Real-time data streaming and the Internet of Things (IoT) possess the power to turn this vision into a reality. However, most organizations today are building their data infrastructure to focus solely on addressing immediate business needs vs. a platform capable of quickly adapting emerging technologies to address future ...
No hype cycles or predictions of a gazillion things here. IoT is here. You get it. You know your business and have great ideas for a business transformation strategy. What comes next? Time to make it happen. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jay Mason, an Associate Partner of Analytics, IoT & Cybersecurity at M&S Consulting, presented a step-by-step plan to develop your technology implementation strategy. He also discussed the evaluation of communication standards and IoT messaging protocols, data...
Product connectivity goes hand and hand these days with increased use of personal data. New IoT devices are becoming more personalized than ever before. In his session at 22nd Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, Nicolas Fierro, CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions, will discuss how in order to protect your data and privacy, IoT applications need to embrace Blockchain technology for a new level of product security never before seen - or needed.
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Raju Shreewastava, founder of Big Data Trunk, provided a fun and simple way to introduce Machine Leaning to anyone and everyone. He solved a machine learning problem and demonstrated an easy way to be able to do machine learning without even coding. Raju Shreewastava is the founder of Big Data Trunk (www.BigDataTrunk.com), a Big Data Training and consulting firm with offices in the United States. He previously led the data warehouse/business intelligence and B...
The past few years have brought a sea change in the way applications are architected, developed, and consumed—increasing both the complexity of testing and the business impact of software failures. How can software testing professionals keep pace with modern application delivery, given the trends that impact both architectures (cloud, microservices, and APIs) and processes (DevOps, agile, and continuous delivery)? This is where continuous testing comes in. D