There is No honour in honour killing: affirmed the Prime Minister of Pakistan
ISLAMABAD – A special screening of Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s Academy Award nominated film “A Girl in the River – The Price of Forgiveness” was held at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad.
Sharmeen’s second Oscar nomination has captured the personal attention of the Prime Minister of Pakistan with a pledge to take all appropriate steps to end all forms of discrimination and violence against women, and bring perpetrators to justice.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, had earlier met with Academy Award winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy in Islamabad to discuss the issue of honour killing crime in Pakistan in light of her Academy Award nominated film and her Anti-Honor Killing Campaign, The Price of Forgiveness.
Prime Minster of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif has re-affirmed the Government of Pakistan’s commitment to end discrimination and violence against women and girls, and more so end the menace of honour killings prevalent in Pakistan.
Addressing Pakistan’s first screening of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s second Oscar nomination,“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”, the Prime Minister of Pakistan in a personal and bold initiative to further strengthen and enhance legislation to work for women said: “There is no honour in honour killing – in fact there can be nothing more brutal than engaging in killing and calling it honour.”
Speaking at the screening, Sharmeen said:
“The message of this film is strong and democratically elected representatives are listening to the message of this film and acting on it – This is the biggest win for me.”
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka praised the film and the swift political response. “I couldn’t agree more with the Prime Minister that there is no honour in honour killings,” she said. “UN Women welcomes the Prime Minister’s leadership and stands ready to support him and the government to end the practice of killing women in the name of honour.”
Country Representative of UN Women in Pakistan Jamshed Kazi lauded the social themes of Sharmeen’s inspirational documentaries, saying: “In using film-making as a tool to tackle the long struggle for the rights of women in Pakistan, Sharmeen has contributed to rapidly accelerating the pace of change in society – commitment by the Honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan over the last few days, and today, to end ‘honour’ killings is a testament to the Government’s resolve to strengthen gender justice.”