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>> Jordan has the highest rate of honor killings per capita in the world. Last year, 42 women were murdered to protect the family name. But even the wives and daughters who escaped death often end up losing their liberty. To protect potential victims, they can be detained by the authorities indefinitely.
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> Four years and two children later, Swasan lives with an abusive, alcoholic husband who provides her young family with little to live off.
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We haven't created enough protection services. We haven't empowered women to have their own lives to go on with, lives without the need of their family. And we have not made any real effort to change social attitude. We make the victim actually the persecuted. We cannot call ourselves a nation that holds the values of human rights if we continue to put women in prison in the name of protection.
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>> In December, the government announced a plan to open a shelter. Still, no building has been opened. Some women's rights activists worry it simply moves women from one form of prison to another. For most, arranged marriage is the only way out.
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But there are signs of progress in Jordan. Since March, judges can no longer hand out reduced sentences for honor crimes. And just this month parliament abolished a law that allows rapists to escape punishment by marrying their victim.