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Screening of film on women's rights is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hastings Pleasant Hill Library

At 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, a screening of the hour-long documentary “Honor Diaries" is being held at the Hastings Pleasant Hill Library. Hastings seniors Christina Melecio and Ellie Childers are hosting a public screening of the film in an effort to educate their community about the cultural abuse suffered by women all over the world. With the help of Michele Whyle, the mother of a fellow classmate and a prior organizer of a similar screening held at the Washington County Library- R.H. Stafford Branch in Woodbury, Melecio and Childers purchased a license to show the movie to anyone interested free of charge. The movie is rated R because of violent content regarding the physical and emotional abuse of women.

Nine women’s rights activists have taken it upon themselves to stop the cultural and religious-based abuse of women in Muslim-majority societies, and worked with many human rights organizations around the world, creating a documentary to “break the silence on honor violence against women and girls’. The film “Honor Diaries” is made by women to give women a voice, and was made to inform other women of the abuse that their sisters undergo at the hands of their fathers, husbands and brothers. Honor violence is defined as a form of violence against women who shame their families, and is usually promoted by cultural and family traditions. Abuse against women can include genital mutilation, forced child marriages, the loss of the right to education and honor killings.

Lydia Birt
Lydia Birt is the Hastings Star Gazette's summer intern. She is a 2014 graduate of Hastings High School and plans to study journalism at the University of Missouri this fall. She is part of the Pohlad internship program through the Minnesota Newspaper Association.
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