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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.

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.

IKWRO welcomes Scottish move on forced marriage

Women’s rights charity at the forefront of the movement to end forced marriage welcomes new criminal offence in Scotland

Diana Nammi, Executive Director of the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation is available for interview.

Today, 30 September 2014, forced marriage becomes a self-standing criminal offence in Scotland, bringing it line with England and Wales, which made forced marriage a criminal offence on 16 June 2014. Now anyone who commits an offence of forcing someone to marry in Scotland, England or Wales is liable to imprisonment for up to 7 years.

As in England and Wales, Scottish civil courts retain the power to implement Forced Marriage Protection Orders, if a person is at risk of forced marriage. Anyone found guilty of breaching a Forced Marriage Protection Order in Scotland, England or Wales, can face prison.

The Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), which represents women and girls from Middle Eastern, North African and Afghan communities, and has been at the forefront of the campaign to criminalise Forced Marriage across the UK over the last decade, welcomes this vital progress in the movement to end forced marriage.