Tweet The documentary ‘Banaz: A Love Story’ will be shown in full at this event at Free Word, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3GA, taking place on Wednesday 6thMarch, 6:30pm Free Word, ARTICLE 19 and Fuuse have organised a screening of Banaz: A Love Story, a documentary that examines honour killings in the UK through the story of Banaz Mahmod, who was murdered by her own family in 2006. Described by Jon Snow of Channel 4 News as “a completely shocking, revealing and timely insight into the scourge of ‘honour killing’”, Banaz: A Love Story is part of...Read More
Tweet Artist and activist Deeyah explains the motivation behind her documentary film Banaz: A love story which features IKWRO. Banaz A Love Story – Trailer from Fuuse on Vimeo. A shortened version of this documentary was shown on ITV on 31st October. It is still available to view on ITV iPlayer for a short period. Deeyah writes: I grew up in a community where honour is a form of social currency which is a source of concern from the moment we are born. ‘Honour’ can be the most sought after, protected and prized asset that defines the status and reputation of a family...Read More
Tweet At least 5000 women are killed in the name of ‘honour’ around the world each year. There are an estimated 12 ‘honour’ killings in the UK annually, and thousands more women and girls face other forms of ‘honour’ based violence, including beatings, imprisonment and forced marriage. Women and girls who take the brave decision to flee ‘honour’ based violence are often cut off from their family and friends. They are blamed for what has happened to them, and some even blame themselves. At IKWRO, we work to restore the true honour of these women and girls. We...Read More
Tweet Criminalisation a vital weapon in fight against forced marriage The Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation welcomes the Government’s announcement today that it plans to make forcing someone to marry a criminal offence. IKWRO has been campaigning for the criminalisation of forced marriage since 2006. “Perpetrators of forced marriage will now be held accountable for their actions and could be sent to prison,” said IKWRO’s Director Diana Nammi. “The UK is sending an unequivocal message to parents who may consider forcing their daughters or sons to marry that their...Read More
Another year, another International Women’s Day: how much longer will victims of ‘honour’ violence have to wait?
Tweet A year ago, to mark International Women’s Day, I wrote a blog post for the Independent. I wrote about a GP’s receptionist who refused to put up a poster advertising our advice service for women facing ‘honour’-based violence. The receptionist told one of our workers that the poster “might offend men”. We were by no means surprised by the receptionist’s reaction. Later last year, we spoke to a student counsellor who said that while she had spoken to several sixth-form students who were facing forced marriage, she had never phoned the police, and instead simply...Read More
Tweet The winners of IKWRO’s first True Honour Awards - an annual prize which has been established in memory of all victims of honour killing – were announced during a special ceremony in London. The first winner is Hanim Goren, the mother of “honour” killing victim Tulay Goren. 15 year old Tulay disappeared in January 1999 after angering her father Mehmet. Hanim Goren suspected that her husband had killed Tulay, but she was too frightened to talk to police because of the risk to her own life. In 2009 Hanim finally decided to break her silence and give evidence...Read More