Category Archives: Blog

‘True Honour’ award winner on ITV

Shaheen Hashmat, winner of our True Honour Award 2016, talks about forced marriage on ITV.

Woman’s Hour

Nezahat Cihan comments on PM David Cameron’s latest position upon Muslim women and integration.

Dead women walking

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IKWRO takes to the streets to honour the memory of murdered women, and to demand government support for our fight to end violence against women and girls.

On Sunday 22 November 2015, the week of the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), joined the Dead Woman Walking march through central London to Parliament Square. As we walked, in respectful silence, the names and ages of 395 women and girls murdered by their partners, ex-partners and family in the UK since 8th June 2012 were read out. It was incredibly sobering, moving and powerful. The final woman, whose name is not yet publicly known, was murdered only the day before we marched.

As more and more Afghan women speak out, we have a duty to amplify their voices


In March, 2015 a young Afghan woman called Farkhunda, was lynched by a mob in Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan, having been falsely accused of burning the Quran. A few days after the vicious incident, women’s rights activists, who identified that the brutal attack was an act of patriarchy, occupied the streets of Kabul to demand justice. Both women and men came together and there was a powerful surge of opposition to patriarchy and the culture of violence against women and girls that has ruled the country for years. In a powerful break with tradition and demonstration of solidarity, women carried Farkhunda’s coffin. It was believed to be a turning point for women’s rights in Afghanistan. An environment of hope was created, that such heinous crimes wouldn’t be repeated.