Global Journalist: "Honor" Killings Under Fire
About 5,000 women are killed each year in so-called "honor" killings around the world.
These are crimes in which the victims, who are almost always female, are killed by family members - usually men - for bringing what they see as dishonor on the family.
Pakistan and India have the highest rates of "honor" killings in the world. But a new law in Pakistan has made such killings illegal - and raised hopes that the government will address gender violence more effectively.
On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the history of these killings and some recent high-profile cases that have renewed efforts to end the practice.
Joining the program:
- Saroop Ijaz, a lawyer for Human Rights Watch in Pakistan
- Paula Kweskin, producer of the film "Honor Diaries"
- Dietrich Oberwittler, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute in Germany