Murder in the Name of Honour

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Rana Husseini

Award-winning journalist and activist Rana Husseini will share her 25-year journey in fighting the brutal murders that are committed against women in the name of family honour in Jordan. Husseini will touch on the problem as she experienced it early on in her career and will then highlight the major achievements that occurred in Jordan as a result of her activism including changes in the laws and judicial procedures that ensured justice for the victims as well as the recent steps adopted by the government to provide safety and security for victims of violence that is related to family honour.

As a Jordanian woman who is the author of the book “Murder in the Name of Honour” and senior journalist writing for The Jordan Times, Husseini focused on social issues for 25 years with a special emphasis on violence against women, as well as the brutal crimes that are committed against Jordanian women in the name of family honor.

Her coverage of and dedication to ending this unjustified practice against women helped raise national awareness on a topic that is traditionally considered taboo. The government responded by introducing legal and judicial changes that suggest tougher punishments for perpetrators of such crimes as well as introducing new services to help abused women and children.

In 2009, Husseini finished writing her book on so-called honour crimes in the world, with special emphasis on Jordan. The book, in English, Arabic, Dutch, and Finnish is entitled "Murder in the Name of Honour" and aims at providing people with a credible source based on real-life experience and tackling a sensitive issue which is often susceptible to misconception.

Husseini has earned nine local and international awards, including a medal from HM King Abdullah II in 2007, for reporting on such crimes.

Husseini was interviewed by various local, Arab and international media such as CNN, ABC, BBC, NY Times, VOA, PBS, Al Jazeera, Al Arabia, MBC, and the Chicago Tribune. Based on these efforts she has been invited to lecture in several local and international conferences regarding the issue as well as women's rights in the region. 

In addition to her extensive experience in the journalism field, Husseini has conducted several consultancies and advocacy for women for local and international organisation, UN agencies and international organizations. She has served as special advisor to UN Women (previously UNIFEM), Equality Now and Freedom House on women’s issues and press freedoms in Jordan.

Husseini also worked as a consultant and trainer for the Jordan Media Institute, the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) by conducting training workshops for local reporters, journalism students on reporting on gender, human rights and violence against women.

Husseini is currently serving in several boards including the Advisory Board of Equality Now Organisation that is based in the United States, and the Jordanian National Committee for Demining and Rehabilitation.