Aruna Papp Aruna Papp
Canadian Delegate at 57th Session of the
United Nations, where she spoke on honour killings
and how they differ from other forms of violence.
Author of
Unworthy Creature
A Punjabi Daughter's Memoir of
Honour, Shame and Love

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Unworthy Creature
Violence against women is a global phenomenon. The manifestation of violence against women is rooted in cultural practices. Honour based violence differs from other forms of violence. Harmful traditions and cultural practices contribute to violence against women. Resolving problems requires an understanding of client's cultural perspectives. Cultures are never static.  A human rights approach to honour based violence can help eliminate this practice. Millions of women are killed globally each year in the name of family honour. Over the last two decades Western countries have come to recognize the reality of honour crime. Respecting cultural diversity does not mean condoning harmful cultural practices. Ending violence against women requires that we know it, recognize it and name it.
Frontline service providers committed to eliminating violence against women recognize that it is crucial to identify signs of lethality and danger in a timely manner. However, unaware of harmful cultural practices, they often fault in labelling these crimes.

Although violence against women is a global phenomenon, there is a great deal of cultural variation in the patterns and manifestations of honour based violence. Culture provides the script that dictates what "deviant behaviour" is - and the appropriate reprimand. It is important to identify cultural practices which violate women's rights.
Aruna as keynote speaker For the past 15 years, Aruna Papp, a survivor of honour based violence, advocate, and an educator, has been conducting training for front-line service providers on risk assessment when working with clients of honour based violence.

WHAT IS HONOUR BASED VIOLENCE?
" Honour based violence is a crime or incident, which has or may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and/or community".
(The Crown Prosecution Service UK, 2010)

Aruna On TV - February 26, 2014
The Agenda with Steve Paikin - "No Honour": watch now
Headlines call them "honour killings." Where is the line between honour and murder? As TVO airs the North American premiere of the documentary "Banaz: An Honour Killing," The Agenda examines Banaz's personal story, and what lies behind the headlines.
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Leading expert on honour based violence and how it differs from other forms of violence.Presentation speaker
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In a recent position statement, the Canadian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists argued that immigrant patients' expressed wishes to be treated by a doctor of their own sex, race, culture or religion - reportedly a common phenomenon - should not be reflected in our country's health-care policy. These professionals feel services should be provided by the most qualified personnel available, period. ... read more ...

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