Sign the petition to stop honor-killings

 Dear Colleagues,
I recently attended and presented at the 63rd Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference in Melbourne, Australia, titled “Advance Global Health: Achieve the MDGs.” The focus of my presentation was to promote health and wellness through social justice. Additionally, I had an exhibit representing my agency, the Institute for Multicultural Counseling & Education Services, which is an approved UN DPI/NGO for human rights. The exhibit portrayed violence as a barrier to reaching advanced global health, featuring posters depicting victims of honor killings and stoning. The exhibit was well received and complimented for its vivid demonstration.
Fellow human beings are being assassinated in the most inhumane methods. Daughters and wives are being brutally tortured, stoned, and murdered by their own families, all in the name of "honor." I have started a petition to bring honor killings to the heightened attention of the UN and will be presenting the petition to the high UN court. I invite you as a person with integrity who supports human rights to join efforts to stop these inhumane and destructive practices. I have organized an online petition to stop honor killing/stoning and would appreciate your online signature via the link below:
These acts of violence are committed not just in Muslim countries but around the world, with alarmingly increasing rates on such continents as Europe, Australia, and the Americas. The change we need cannot be left in the hands of religious leaders or politicians—the change we need is in the hands of individuals who unite together to stand up for human rights. Please forward the above link to all of those in your professional and social network to increase awareness on this important cause. I appreciate your initiation and support.
Warm regards,
Tara Pir

Tara Pir, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Diplomate in Behavioral Medicine and Professional Psychotherapy
CEO/Executive Director, Institute for Multicultural Counseling & Education Services. Inc. (IMCES)
President, Iranian American Psychological Association (IAPA)
Appointed to the Board of Directors At-Large, International Council of Psychologists (ICP)
ICP Liaison to International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP)
Tel: 213-381-1250
Fax: 213-383-4803

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