Category Archives: Forced marriage

BBC’s ‘Inside the Foreign Office’ gives behind the scenes insight into Government efforts to prevent “honour” based violence and forced marriage

The final episode of the documentary joins the Forced Marriage Unit in a race against time to prevent a 17 year-old British girl from being forced to marry in Iraq.

In the final episode of a three part BBC series which aired last week, viewers were given insight into the work of the joint Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Home Office Forced Marriage Unit (FMU), which leads on the Government’s efforts to combat forced marriage in the UK and overseas.

The episode follows the FMU’s Sophie Lott – who was nominated for a True Honour Award earlier this year – as she and her team assist a 17 year-old British girl who was taken to Iraq by her family for a forced marriage and threatened with “honour” killing if she didn’t go through with it. From the outset of the program, we see Sophie identify this case as “honour” based violence, which is crucial to how she proceeds with assisting the girl.

53% rise in “honour” based violence cases reported to the police since the criminalisation of forced marriage

The number of cases of “honour” based violence, forced marriage and FGM reported to the police in the UK has increased by 53% since 2014, IKWRO’s new research shows. The research involved sending Freedom of Information requests to every police force in the country.

The number of cases of “honour” based violence recorded by the police increased from 3335 in 2014 to 5595 in 2015, meaning a spike of 68% in cases in the first year following the introduction of the law criminalising forced marriage. The number of cases dropped slightly to 5105 in 2016.

However, despite significant the rise in reporting since 2014, the volume of cases referred to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision is the lowest it has been for five years. The latest figures published by the CPS indicate that only 256 cases of “honour” based violence were referred to them by the police in 2016/17, just 5% of the cases reported over a similar time period. The 256 referrals resulted in 215 prosecutions and a subsequent 122 convictions.

Happy International Youth Day!

FIND OUT HOW IKWRO’S WORKING WITH  YOUNG PEOPLE AS AGENTS OF CHANGE

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.

The Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) welcomes the first prosecution under forced marriage law

On 10 June 2015, a 34-year-old man from Cardiff, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to forcing a 25-year-old woman to marry him in under duress.

This is the first prosecution under the law to criminalise forced marriage, which came into force last year following a long campaign by the Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO).

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