We, the Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) are heartbroken at the news of the recent death of Rahmat Sulemani, the love of Banaz Mahmod’s life.
On 20th March 2016, Rahmat, who for ten years since the “honour” killing of Banaz in 2006, has been living under witness protection, sent a text to a neighbour telling them that he was going to commit suicide, before hanging himself. He was discovered at his home in a coma and died in hospital five days later.
On behalf of IKWRO and all of the judges we’d like to congratulate every nominee for their vital work to end “honour” based violence and support survivors. Every single one deserves recognition and enormous praise.
Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation and filmmaker join forces to launch campaign in remembrance of Banaz Mahmod on 10th Anniversary of her murder
Ten years ago this week, Banaz Mahmod was brutally murdered and gang-raped by a team of men recruited and managed by her uncle. Banaz was a victim of the repressive codes of “honour” operating within the close-knit Kurdish communities. Forced into marriage at 17 years of age, then divorced after brutal domestic violence, Banaz fell in love with a man she chose, but this was considered to have brought ‘shame’ upon her family. After holding a family council meeting, the family decided that Banaz must die. Although Banaz sought help from the police several times, she never received the help she needed and was murdered, her body stuffed into a suitcase in London was driven to Birmingham and buried in a back garden.
Diana Nammi, IKWRO’s Executive Director was one of the women invited by the Prime Minister, David Cameron to speak with him about isolation of Muslim women last week.
Diana advised the Prime Minister that the UK government must stop tolerating discrimination of Muslim women and end all barriers to to equality and access to justice and human rights.