Not Your Honor Favorite 

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Dec 4 2019

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Lebanon

To honor their battle, Lebanese women's rights organization ABAAD launched a powerful song and music video titled Not Your Honor. The clip was launched on the occasion of the "16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence" initiative which took off on Nov. 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

In a statement in which she discussed the vision and message behind the song, ABAAD's founder and director Ghida Anani said:

"The sexual crimes against women, the shaming of victims of rape and murders in the name of 'honor' we're witnessing in Lebanon and the Arab world put us in the face of a real challenge where the importance of imposing stricter punishments on all forms of sexual abuse is crucial. Because that's the only way through which we can stop harassers and embolden protective societal values for victims."

A field study recently conducted by ABAAD found that around 55 percent of individuals who make up Lebanon's society mainly link the sexual abuse of women to an attack on "family honor."

The research also revealed that "fear over reputation" is what prevents female victims of sexual assault from reporting their abusers.

While touching on that, Anani explained that the way society views women survivors of sexual abuse continues to follow the typical rhetoric that holds them accountable over the crime that was committed against them.

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This is part of ABAAD's long-term goals of ensuring equal rights in the country, making spaces safer for women, and ending sexual violence and gender discrimination in Lebanon.

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This project lead to a large protest in Beirut against sexual violence and harassment in the country. The protest was attended by around 1,000 women, and is linked to the current movement of Lebanese women identifying and calling out their abusers and men that harass them in order to hold them accountable.