What we do
IKWRO is a registered charity which provides advice and support to Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls living in the UK who are facing Forced Marriage, Child Marriage, “Honour” Based Violence, Female Genital Mutilation and Domestic Violence. We offer advice in Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Arabic, Turkish, Pashto and English and run a free counselling service in Farsi, Kurdish, Arabic and English.
IKWRO also provide training for women and girls to help them understand their rights in the UK. In partnership with other organisations we assist survivors of violence with accessing English language classes and education, training and employment opportunities, so that they can become financially independent.
As well as supporting women and girls directly, we offer advice and training for professionals from the public and voluntary sector to enable them to meet the needs of our clients. We also campaign to raise awareness about issues including “Honour” Based Violence, Forced Marriage, Child Marriage, Female Genital Mutilation and discrimination by Sharia courts and to push for better laws and policies to protect women’s and girl’s rights.
IKWRO also operates a refuge for Middle Eastern, North African and Afghan women, which provides safe accommodation and specialist support to single women at risk of “honour” based violence, forced marriage, FGM and domestic abuse.
History and Mission
Our mission is to protect Middle Eastern and Afghan women’s and girls’ rights and equality, to combat discrimination and violence against women and girls and to empower women to access their rights and entitlements in the UK. We are not affiliated with any religion or political ideology and we help women of all backgrounds.
IKWRO was established in 2002 by our Executive Director Diana Nammi in partnership with other refugee women from Iran, Iraq and Kurdistan. We developed into a formally constituted organisation in August 2002 and became a registered charity in July 2004, aiming to provide advice and support to Iranian and Kurdish women living in the UK affected by Forced Marriage, Child Marriage, “Honour” based violence, Female Genital Mutilation and Domestic Violence. We have since extended our services to meet the needs of Arab, Afghan and Turkish women, and our staff can speak Farsi, Kurdish, Dari, Pashto, Arabic, Turkish and English.
Each year, the demand for IKWRO’s services continues to grow and last year we helped over 2200 women and girls with advice, advocacy, emotional support and referrals to other services such as housing associations and for legal advice.