It's easy to think that the tribal social pathologies of honor/shame-dynamic-ridden Muslim nations can never be confronted successfully, but uppity Muslim women have been disproving that notion more and more lately. Like Rana Husseini,
the Jordanian journalist who is crusading against "honor killings" and for stricter punishments for the murderers. And Mukhtar Mai,
the amazing Pakistani village woman who was gang-raped on the orders of a tribal court, expected to commit suicide, but refused to do so and went on to found a school, campaign against the criminals who raped her, and see to it that cases like hers receive media attention and justice, so Pakistan can't hide from the light.
Like Mukhtar and Rana, Monira Rahman, a Bangladeshi woman, seems like an unlikely candidate to have an impact on her misogynistic, backwards, tribal society. Like them, she is defying the odds, defying her assigned station in life, and shining light into the darkness. Monira Rahman is an uppity Muslim lady who is fighting to rub Bangladesh's nose in the horrible problem of life-ruining acid attacks on women.
She is also working with victims of this brutal, barbaric practice to try to give them some semblance of a life back. For this, Germany's Amnesty International has given her a medal. She deserves much more than that; she deserves the sincere thanks and admiration of all humane and decent people. She certainly has mine.