IKWRO takes to the streets to honour the memory of murdered women, and to demand government support for our fight to end violence against women and girls.
On Sunday 22 November 2015, the week of the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), joined the Dead Woman Walking march through central London to Parliament Square. As we walked, in respectful silence, the names and ages of 395 women and girls murdered by their partners, ex-partners and family in the UK since 8th June 2012 were read out. It was incredibly sobering, moving and powerful. The final woman, whose name is not yet publicly known, was murdered only the day before we marched.
In March, 2015 a young Afghan woman called Farkhunda, was lynched by a mob in Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan, having been falsely accused of burning the Quran. A few days after the vicious incident, women’s rights activists, who identified that the brutal attack was an act of patriarchy, occupied the streets of Kabul to demand justice. Both women and men came together and there was a powerful surge of opposition to patriarchy and the culture of violence against women and girls that has ruled the country for years. In a powerful break with tradition and demonstration of solidarity, women carried Farkhunda’s coffin. It was believed to be a turning point for women’s rights in Afghanistan. An environment of hope was created, that such heinous crimes wouldn’t be repeated.
We are delighted to announce that nominations are now open for our True Honour Awards 2016!
IKWRO will present a True Honour Award to a person or organisation that has taken a stand against “honour” based violence, whether in their personal lives or in their work. By recognising and publicising their outstanding courage and commitment, we hope that we can inspire others to act.
IKWRO opposes a draft proposal from the Turkish Justice Ministry under which violence against women and girls will be considered a ‘petty crime’ and jail-time can be avoided by paying a fine.
We, the Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), along with women’s organisations in Turkey, are deeply concerned by a draft proposal from the Turkish Justice Ministry which, if passed, will allow perpetrators of crimes punishable by five years imprisonment, to engage in negotiations with prosecutors to reduce their sentence to one year, postpone their sentence, do community service or pay money to avoid jail time.