“Going home with my batteries recharged”: IKWRO’s international conference 2011

[caption id="attachment_920" align="alignnone" width="300"] © BrendanODonnell@ymail.com[/caption] More than 250 people from sectors including health, housing, policing, probation, social services, education and academia, legal, local and national government, the voluntary sector and the media attended IKWRO’s international conference last Thursday in London. The conference was opened by Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North, who welcomed participants and spoke of how important it was for frontline professionals s to be aware of issues such as “honour” based violence (HBV).  He...
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Forced marriage: should it be a crime?

You may recently have seen the news that Prime Minister David Cameron wants forcing someone to marry to become a crime under UK law.  His announcement comes following a report  by the Home Affairs Select Committee in May (blog on that report here) which highlighted failings in the UK''s response to forced marriage and called on the government to criminalise it. What is Cameron's proposal all about? A person who has been forced into marriage or who is at risk can...
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Parliamentary committee says it’s time to make forced marriage a crime

  Leila has just finished first year at university.  Like other young women her age, she wants to be a success and to live her own life.  She's bright and has lots of friends.  She wants to be happy. Leila is a survivor of forced marriage.   When she was 17 her father said that she had to marry an older man.  When she refused, he accused her of dishonouring her family.  Her mother begged her to go along...
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Getting it right first time: women and asylum

Asylum Aid recently exposed very high rates of refusal for women seeking asylum in the UK. Russell Hargrave has written a guest blog to tell us more: The typical image of a political refugee is of a single male, fleeing conflict in which he has become embroiled at home. But in 2009 more than 7000 women applied for asylum in the UK.  The factors which lead women to seek asylum can be very different from their male counterparts. Women face...
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Government plan on violence against women and girls: OUR VERDICT

In January IKWRO asked our supporters to write to the Home Secretary and ask her to get tough on ‘honour’ based violence.  Many of you sent emails to Teresa may asking her to increase government efforts to tackle ‘honour’ based violence and to commit to providing training for all public sector workers. That was six weeks ago.  On Tuesday you may have spotted IKWRO’s Diana Nammi in the Guardian, talking about the government's new action plan which was released...
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Introducing…. the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation

At IKWRO we work with Kurdish, Farsi, Dari, Arabic and Turkish speaking women living in the UK. From our London office we provide advice and support to women and girls facing a whole range of problems - forced marriage, 'honour' based violence, sexual assault, domestic abuse and even female genital mutilation. Sometimes, we're the only lifeline they have. 'But what exactly do you do?' people often ask us.  And we say 'a lot of things!'  In an average day we could be finding space...
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