Campaign Success: Nusrat Ghani MP withdraws her Bill which proposed to ban the term “honour” based violence and conflate it with domestic violence
IKWRO are delighted that our joint campaign opposing Nusrat Ghani’s MP’s Bill has succeeded. It has been withdrawn ahead of its second reading on Friday 24th March 2017 following IKWRO’s joint letter signed by 66 experts and survivors explaining why the Bill would put lives at risk.
The letter can be seen below.
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.
Why banning the term “honour” based violence and conflating it with domestic violence will put victims at increased risk
The Conservative MP for Wealden Nusrat Ghani, has proposed, in a new private members Bill – the Crime (Aggravated Murder of and Violence Against Women) Bill – that the use of the widely used and accepted term “honour” killing should be banned from official publications and that this form of violence against women and girls should be conflated with domestic violence. Both of these suggestions would have dangerous consequences for those at risk of “honour” based violence and lives will be put at risk.
“Honour” based violence and domestic violence are distinct forms of violence against women and girls, each with specific dynamics. Many women experience both, whilst some are at risk of “honour” based violence and not domestic violence. Each carries particular risks and requires different safeguarding approaches. These two forms of violence must not be conflated, and if they are, it is highly likely that there will be failures in safeguarding, resulting in serious harm and even “honour” killing.
Public Seminar at UK Parliament on Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and Access to Justice
Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and Access to Justice is hosted by IKWRO and several organisations and activists to debate and express concerns about the increasing state recognition and promotion of religious-based arbitration and mediation forums, such as ‘Sharia courts’ in the UK. These councils operate as parallel legal systems in which women are treated unfairly, including when seeking divorce or custody over children. The seminar will examine the range of injustices faced by women who engage with all forms of religious arbitration forums and sets out the reasons behind a growing campaign to end state legitimization of legal pluralism in the UK.