Leading charity fighting ‘honour’ based violence hold the True Honour Awards to recognise those who have fought for justice and passionately protected victims

  • Expert, Diana Nammi, Executive Director of the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation is available for interview as are some nominees.
  • Profiles of nominees available here.

On Friday 24 January 2014, in central London, the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), a leading women’s rights charity campaigning to end all forms of ‘honour’ based violence including forced marriage, child marriage and female genital mutilation, is holding the third True Honour Awards. The awards recognise those who have bravely taken a stand against ‘honour’ based violence.

The awards ceremony is held on 24 January in memory of Banaz Mahmod, a 20 year old Kurdish woman from London, who was gang raped and brutally murdered by her family on 24 January 2006 because they disapproved of her relationship with her boyfriend. Her body was later discovered buried in a suitcase in a back garden in Birmingham. IKWRO led the Justice for Banaz campaign and continue to campaign for better laws and policies to protect women and girls at risk of ‘honour’ based violence. Through the True Honour Awards IKWRO aim to ensure that ‘honour’ based violence is known about and addressed and to inform people at risk about specialist organisations such as IKWRO which exist to support them.

The nominees for the True Honour Awards 2014 include survivors of ‘honour’ based violence, campaigners, charities supporting victims of ‘honour’ based violence and front-line professionals working to protect victims. Each nominee has stood up in the face of danger to help protect people’s right to live and love in safety.

The ceremony will be attended by over 100 guests including high ranking police, professionals and survivors.

Diana Nammi, Executive Director of IKWRO says; ‘the True Honour Awards 2014 give us all an opportunity to celebrate the dedication of people who bravely speak out and break the silence on ‘honour’ killings and all forms of ‘honour’ based violence. We recognise those who campaign for justice for those who sadly have had their lives stolen in the name of ‘honour’ and we praise those who work tirelessly to protect those at risk.
There is so much more to be done to prevent further women and girls from facing the fate of Banaz. We need a national strategy on ‘honour’ based violence and to ensure that all front-line professionals, including all police officers, are fully trained on the issue. We must also educate our children about ‘honour’ based violence by addressing the issue on the national curriculum and we need secure funding for organisations like IKWRO which provide essential support to those in danger.’

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The Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) is a registered charity which was founded in 2002 in response to extremely poor understanding of and inadequate responses to ‘honour’ based violence by the police and other front-line agencies. IKWRO provides advice, support, referral and advocacy services to Kurdish, Farsi, Arabic, Turkish, Pashtu, Dari and English speaking women and girls living in the UK who are facing ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and domestic abuse. We deliver training to professionals and campaign for better laws, policies and implementation.

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