BBC’s ‘Inside the Foreign Office’ gives behind the scenes insight into Government efforts to prevent “honour” based violence and forced marriage

The final episode of the documentary joins the Forced Marriage Unit in a race against time to prevent a 17 year-old British girl from being forced to marry in Iraq.

In the final episode of a three part BBC series which aired last week, viewers were given insight into the work of the joint Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Home Office Forced Marriage Unit (FMU), which leads on the Government’s efforts to combat forced marriage in the UK and overseas.

The episode follows the FMU’s Sophie Lott – who was nominated for a True Honour Award earlier this year – as she and her team assist a 17 year-old British girl who was taken to Iraq by her family for a forced marriage and threatened with “honour” killing if she didn’t go through with it. From the outset of the program, we see Sophie identify this case as “honour” based violence, which is crucial to how she proceeds with assisting the girl.

Festive Appeal for our Women’s Refuge

This festive season, IKWRO is raising money to empower and support women in our specialist refuge for Middle Eastern, North African and Afghan women.

We do our best to make sure that the women in our refuge have all the support they need. We provide them with a safe and secure environment, specialist counselling and advice. However, we still have very few resources and would like to be able to provide more.

In 2016, with your help, we raised £3,470 to build a therapeutic garden where women who have escaped violence can relax, exercise and grow flowers and herbs. This year, for our festive appeal, we ask once again for your help.

Every donation and support – from £5 or £10 to sharing our appeal with your contacts – will make a big difference to the lives of the women in our refuge.

Nominations open for True Honour awards 2019

We are delighted to announce that nominations are now open for our True Honour Awards 2019!

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.

Volunteer with IKWRO

IKWRO are now recruiting volunteers in Advice, Admin, Social Media, Campaigns and for the Refuge.

Are you looking for experience in the BME ending violence against women and girls (VAWG) sector? Would you like to help tackle “honour” based violence, forced marriage and FGM? Do you want to join an organisation working to improve Middle Eastern, North African and Afghan women’s rights in the UK?

If so, volunteering at IKWRO could be a great opportunity to gain experience and share skills with us.

Please visit our Volunteering page for more information on how to apply.

*Middle Eastern and North African language skills would be an advantage, but are not essential.

Stop CISPA