Arielle, Indiana University: A “Collective Sense of Shock”

‘Honor Diaries’ is getting around.  A lot.  It is amazing.

But there is something particularly special and gratifying about our local screenings.  When university students, community organizers, religious groups and concerned citizens contact us to set up a showing of ‘Honor Diaries’, when friends, colleagues and neighbors take valuable time out of their to-the-brim-filled day and dedicate it to the freedom of women.

We got this note from Arielle at Indiana University, and had to share it with you.  If you think this is just another movie – think again.

Students at Indiana University

Students at Indiana University

From Arielle:

This group was a nice mix of people who were very aware of the issues and others who weren’t but who were eager to learn more, which made for some great dialogue.  The resources on the Honor Diaries website really helped out with providing more background information and context!

There was a collective sense of shock at honor violence and killings occurring even here in the United States.  I liked how my friend, Andrew, put it.  “It’s so easy to look at these crimes as something that happens ‘over there,’ but seeing this happen on home ground was eye-opening and makes me want to do something about it even more.”  This led to discussing the roles of religion and culture and their influence on perpetuating honor violence.

Many of us, myself included, have always wondered how Islam, which tends to be portrayed as the scapegoat for misogyny in the media, might/might not contribute to honor violence.  Everyone appreciated the open discussion between all the women, especially Raquel’s perspective.  Her relationship with Islam is absolutely beautiful, and I know it put any of my lingering misconceptions of Islam to rest.

The diversity of all the women with their different backgrounds and professions added incredible dimension to the film and its ultimate message of continuing the battle for universal women’s rights.

In fact, Meagan, a close friend currently pursuing a Master’s in clinical therapy, was particularly inspired by Zainab Khan.  Zainab, speaking about her work with domestic violence, has influenced Meagan to hone in on a specialty that would allow her to work specifically with domestic and sexual violence survivors as well!

Overall, everyone agreed that the ‘Honor Diaries’ campaign is a crucial tool to mobilize the masses — all change must come from these bottom-up, grassroots movements.  I am so glad to have had the opportunity to watch such an amazing documentary and share it with my fellow IU students!  And it’s great to see all the recognition ‘Honor Diaries’ is getting around the world!  Let me know if you need anything else!  Thank you so much!

Best, Arielle

Thank you to Arielle and to all the amazing students, leaders, teachers, parents, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters who bring the message of ‘Honor Diaries’ to the world.  You are making the difference.