Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had no choice but to go on Oprah

Jennifer McShane

This Sandymount home with stylish interiors is on the market for €1.3 million

Megan Burns

Amanda Gorman: ‘One day you’re called an icon, the next day, a threat’

Jennifer McShane

Sneak peek: Stylist Sarah Rickard on how to wear the Simone Rocha x H&M collection

Lauren Heskin

Screen time has exploded in our household during lockdown. How worried should I be?

Amanda Cassidy

Limerick’s Spice Vintage shop owner Grace Collier on how she’s beating the Covid business odds

Erin Lindsay

5 non-fiction podcast miniseries to get stuck into (that aren’t news or true crime)

Lauren Heskin

Sunday baking: Pecan cinnamon rolls

Meg Walker

Sofia Vergara finally wins battle with ex over embryos

Jennifer McShane

Image / Editorial

Cosmo Cover Protests Honour Killings


by Jeanne Sutton
16th Jan 2015

The February Edition of Cosmopolitan is unlike anything else you’ll see on newsagents shelves. The point of it all? To highlight the horrifying practice of honour killings.

The cover, available only in limited editions, is an immediate shock, depicting a woman suffocating in the plastic sleeve. The only piece of writing besides the magazine’s pink header is found near the left hand bottom corner: “Remember the British girls who have lost their lives through honour killings. Help us break the silence?at karmanirvana.co.uk.

Honour killings occur when a person is killed by their relatives for bringing shame upon their family. Women are the overwhelming majority of victims in honour killings and Karma Nirvana is a UK charity that seeks to help victims of such violence. This week the Henry Jackson Society, a think tank, published a report into honour-based violence and found that the UK government was letting down communities where this violence persists. Community support groups do not get long-term funding and the education in schools is minimal. 29 cases have been reported in UK media in the last five years, but it is thought among agencies and experts the actual number is much higher.

The Cosmopolitan image and accompanying short video was created by designer Leo Burnett while Erin Mulvehill was the photographer. The sobering cover is a direct reference to the high-profile murder of British Pakistani woman Shafilea Ahmed in 2003. She was 17-years-old and had refused to enter into an arranged marriage. She was killed by her parents, suffocated in front of her siblings. Her parents are now serving long sentences in prison.

Cosmopolitan is continuing its partnership with Karma Nirvana?with a planned inaugural Day of Memory for Britain’s Lost Women on July 14, which Adweek.com points out is Shafilea Ahmed’s birthday.

Follow Jeanne Sutton on Twitter @jeannedesutun

Also Read

essay collections
EDITORIAL
6 brilliant essay collections for when you can’t commit to a whole book

Time these days is a contradiction.  Slow-moving, yet somehow passing...

By Jennifer McShane

Covid crying
EDITORIAL
Tears, fears and tissues: The 5 types of Covid crying we’re all by now familiar with

It goes without saying that most of us have had...

By Edaein OConnell

Has society become more tolerant of the idea of dating interracially?
premium IMAGE WRITES, REAL-LIFE STORIES, RELATIONSHIPS
Interracial dating: “People kept asking ‘where is she from?'”

With diversity on the rise, what struggles do interracial couples continue to face today? Filomena Kaguako speaks to three couples about their experiences.

By Filomena Kaguako

Christmas trifle
EDITORIAL
Avoca has shared the recipe for their decadent Christmas trifle and we’re digging in

No festive spread is complete without a traditional Christmas trifle...

By IMAGE

sore eyes UTI period
EDITORIAL
Health Check: What are prostaglandins and how do they affect my period symptoms?

If you find yourself suffering with symptoms like cramping, sore...

By Erin Lindsay

Christmas cost
EDITORIAL
What I Spend at Christmas: The 37-year-old digital marketer earning €25k who isn’t buying presents for her siblings

Christmas cost the average Irish family €2,700 over the festive...

By IMAGE

EDITORIAL
Why Harry and Meghan were dead right to walk away

By Amanda Cassidy

EDITORIAL
9 beautiful Champagne glasses to order in time for NYE

Ring in the New Year (and bid a welcome adieu...

By Lauren Heskin