Category Archives: Female genital mutilation (FGM)

Happy International Youth Day!


Today, Wednesday 12th August 2015, is the United Nations’ designated International Youth Day. This year’s theme is youth civic engagement and IKWRO is celebrating the inspiring young people that we are working with as agents of change to tackle “honour” based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).

Since IKWRO was founded, 13 years ago, we’ve made huge progress in raising awareness about “honour” based violence, forced marriage, child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM). We’ve played a leading role in ensuring these issues are high on the government’s agenda: we were at the forefront of the successful campaign to criminalise forced marriage and our experienced, specialist advice and counselling teams have safeguarded and supported literally tens of thousands of women and girls at risk.

New research proving female genital mutilation practiced in Iran must be replicated across the MENA region

The Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) has long campaigned for recognition from the international community and national governments that female genital mutilation (FGM) is practiced in many communities across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), beyond Egypt and Kurdistan-Iraq. This recognition is a crucial step in ensuring that the success of the global movement to end FGM is universal.

CREATE Youth Conference

Strengthening youth responses to FGM and forced marriage.

CREATE youth 22nd January conference save the date copy

In Memoriam: Efua Dorkenoo OBE

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Efua Dorkenoo OBE. She was a true inspiration to all of us at IKWRO. She was brilliantly open minded and progressive and her work will continue to have a huge impact on thousands of women and girls. We will miss her greatly and it is a huge loss for us because she was someone with whom we felt we had a shared vision, who was powerfully motivating and supportive,” said Diana Nammi, IKWRO’s founder and director.

IKWRO with Forward

IKWRO with members of FORWARD-UK, including Efua Dorkenoo (R)

Learn more about Efua’s work against  FGM here.