Category Archives: GBV

Turkish Justice Ministry to classify violence against women as a ‘petty crime’

IKWRO opposes a draft proposal from the Turkish Justice Ministry under which violence against women and girls will be considered a ‘petty crime’ and jail-time can be avoided by paying a fine.

We, the Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), along with women’s organisations in Turkey, are deeply concerned by a draft proposal from the Turkish Justice Ministry which, if passed, will allow perpetrators of crimes punishable by five years imprisonment, to engage in negotiations with prosecutors to reduce their sentence to one year, postpone their sentence, do community service or pay money to avoid jail time.

First refuge for Middle Eastern and North African women opens

On Friday, 1st May 2015 in London, the Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) opens the first specialist refuge for Middle Eastern and North African women. The refuge will accommodate and support vulnerable single women at risk of “honour” based violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and domestic violence.

Women in the refuge will receive specialist support from IKWRO’s expert team who speak six community languages as well as English and provide advice, advocacy, training and counselling. Last year IKWRO assisted over 780 clients face to face and gave advice to over 2500 clients and professionals over the telephone.

Why IKWRO oppose the proposed amendments to the Serious Crime Bill to criminalise sex selective abortion

We, the Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), stand for equality. We oppose patriarchy and all forms of gendercide, including through non-medically motivated sex selective abortions. In order to prevent gendercide, we work to end patriarchy and to change the mind-set of practicing communities that value females less than males.

Diana Nammi responds to Rotherham controversy

IKWRO’s Founder and Director Diana Nammi was one of many signatories to a letter in the Independent expressing outrage at the revelations that child sexual exploitation had continued unchecked in the town of Rotherham for several years, affecting thousands of girls and young women.

The letter reads:

Professor Alexis Jay’s report on child sexual exploitation in Rotherham has been met with an array of trite responses. Some commentators have placed undue emphasis on the fact that child sexual exploitation happens in all communities, obfuscating the fact that offenders of Pakistani origin are over-represented in this specific form of child sexual exploitation (on-street grooming).

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre’s 2011 report, Out of Sight, Out of Mind, researched 2,379 potential offenders caught grooming girls since 2008. Of 940 suspects whose race could be identified, 26 per cent were Asian (almost all of Pakistani origin), 38 per cent were white, and 32 per cent were recorded as unknown. According to the Office of National Statistics, only 6 per cent of the English population is classed as Asian.