Throughout history, women have been held responsible for upholding family ‘honour’ – with deadly consequences.
Rana Husseini is an award winning human rights’ activist and the author of the book “Murder in the Name of Honour” and "Years of Struggle, The Women's... Movement in Jordan". She is also a senior reporter at The Jordan Times. Husseini has focused on social issues for over 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 honour. 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. Her book, Murder in the Name of Honour, has been translated into English, Arabic, Dutch and Finnish. Husseini has earned 10 local and international awards, including a medal from HM King Abdullah II in 2007, the Reebok Human Rights Award in 1998 for reporting on such crimes and The London Arabia Organisation Arab Woman of the Year Award in 2019 for social impact. Husseini is currently serving on several boards including the Advisory Board of Equality Now Organisation that is based in the United States.