The makers of Honor Diaries suffered many such attacks from those who would rather not talk about the issues of abuse faced by millions of women around the world in the name of honor and culture.
Aki Muthali is a fierce feminist from Sri Lanka who is a strident critic of Islamism and especially its oppression of women. She was asked in a Clarion Project interview how she responds when people accuse her of being a “colonial feminist” when she criticizes Islamist persecution of women such as Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving.
I have been called a “colonial feminist” for addressing VAWG in Muslim societies many times. The argument is so weak, cheap and completely bigoted. If one becomes aware of or witnesses human rights abuses, one is obligated to expose and condemn them. That’s what any decent human being would do.
It doesn’t matter whether they are white or brown or Christian or Muslim or atheist. Abuse is abuse, and nobody gets to tell me or anybody else that we shouldn’t intervene because we are not Muslims.”
More and more people are rejecting the false arguments used to silence opposition to honor violence, standing up to say culture is no excuse for abuse.