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.

True Honour Awards 2018

IKWRO are delighted to announce the nominees and winners of the True Honour Awards 2018

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.

Sharia Laws are part of the extremist threat and not a solution

 

Letter to Amber Rudd, Secretary of State

The Independent Review on Sharia: Sharia Laws are part of the extremist threat and not a solution

As black and minority women and human rights campaigners, we voice our dismay at the outcome of the independent review on Sharia laws commissioned by the government in 2016. Although the government has rejected formal recognition (through regulation), the way has been left open for the Sharia courts to continue to exist in a no-man’s land where they continue to produce discriminatory parallel laws while posing as an acceptable alternative dispute mechanism. Now they will be strengthened by a review that has endorsed their existence.

Sharia ‘Courts’: Why regulation is not the answer

‘Sharia’ and other religious systems of arbitration are back in the news once again. There appears to be growing recognition of the profoundly discriminatory nature of religious arbitration systems which relegate Muslim and other minority women to second rate systems of justice. But is regulation the answer?

A close examination of the workings of ‘Sharia’ Councils and the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal reveal serious failings that flout principles of the rule of law and undermine the rights of women in fundamental ways. These forums use fundamentalist and ultra-conservative definitions of ‘Sharia laws’ in highly selective and authoritarian ways; they seek to impose a social culture of ‘Zina’ which compel women to resolve marital and family disputes using ‘Sharia laws’ or risk becoming social outcastes and worse.

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