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Why banning the term “honour” based violence and conflating it with domestic violence will put victims at increased risk

The Conservative MP for Wealden Nusrat Ghani, has proposed, in a new private members Bill – the Crime (Aggravated Murder of and Violence Against Women) Bill – that the use of the widely used and accepted term “honour” killing should be banned from official publications and that this form of violence against women and girls should be conflated with domestic violence. Both of these suggestions would have dangerous consequences for those at risk of “honour” based violence and lives will be put at risk.

“Honour” based violence and domestic violence are distinct forms of violence against women and girls, each with specific dynamics. Many women experience both, whilst some are at risk of “honour” based violence and not domestic violence. Each carries particular risks and requires different safeguarding approaches. These two forms of violence must not be conflated, and if they are, it is highly likely that there will be failures in safeguarding, resulting in serious harm and even “honour” killing.

Deeyah wins an Emmy award for ‘Banaz’

Deeyah Emmy

Deeyah Khan with the Emmy award for her documentary ‘Banaz: A love story’

IKWRO would like to congratulate our friend Deeyah for winning the Best International Current Affairs film at Emmy Awards 2013. Deeyah’s documentary on the murder of Banaz Mahmod, a young Kurdish victim of a so-called ‘honour’ killing, beat several other contenders to take the supreme prize: a tremendous achievement given the small-scale nature of the documentary, which serves as a tribute to Deeyah’s vision and the expertise of her team. Deeyah also worked with IKWRO staff members closely in the development of the documentary.

We at IKWRO value Deeyah’s support and friendship enormously: we wish to thank her for her efforts to raise sensitive issues around violence against women and to congratulate her once more, and wish her all the best for her future projects.

Another chance to see ‘Banaz: A love story’

Banaz Mahmod asking police for help in hitherto unseen footage

Banaz Mahmod asking police for help in hitherto unseen footage

The councils of Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea are holding a free screening of Banaz: A love story as part of an event to raise awareness of forced marriage. This will be followed by a panel discussion of the movie, held by the Director Deeyah, which will include Diana Nammi, Director of IKWRO.

The film, which premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in London in September last year, documents the life of Banaz Mahmod. Banaz was killed by her uncle and father in London in 2006, after she left her violent and abusive husband, and began a relationship with a family friend.

Diana Nammi at Norway screening of Banaz: A love story

In an event organised by Fritt Ord and Fuuse Diana Nammi, Director of IKWRO spoke at a screening of Banaz A Love Story along with Director and Producer Deeyah, Detective Superintendent Caroline Goode, and Author and Professor of Social Antropology Unni Wikan moderated by Kenan Malik.