Dr Joanne Payton, who has worked with IKWRO for over ten years, has just published a paper drawn from her thesis which makes connections between cousin marriage and the prevalence of ‘honour’-based violence.
‘This connection has been suggested since the late 1960s,’ explains Joanne, ‘but has never really been empirically tested. I used an online survey and statistical analysis to find that in families in which a cousin marriage had taken place, the likelihood of ‘honour’-based violence occurring in that same family was doubled.’
IKWRO is one of many signatories backing One Law for All’s campaign for the dismantling the parallel legal system, as covered recently by Thomson Reuters. The full text of this campaign letter is below.
The Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) welcomes the first prosecution under forced marriage law
On 10 June 2015, a 34-year-old man from Cardiff, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to forcing a 25-year-old woman to marry him in under duress.
This is the first prosecution under the law to criminalise forced marriage, which came into force last year following a long campaign by the Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO).