We, IKWRO, a charity that campaigns and supports women and girls from Middle Eastern and North African communities facing “honour” based violence, forced marriage, child marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM) and domestic abuse have teamed up with The Challenge, an organisation that works with young people over the holidays.
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.