In memory of Fawziyah Javed, whose life was stolen in an “honour” killing in 2021

In memory of Fawziyah Javed, whose life was stolen in an “honour” killing in 2021 Fawziyah Javed was a 31-year-old British lawyer from Leeds who was 17 weeks pregnant. She was beloved by her family. Fawziyah’s husband was convicted of her murder, by pushing her off Arthur’s seat, a rocky peak in Edinburgh, Scotland in September 2021. Her devastated family had to identify her body on her birthday. The murder trial was covered in the Channel 4 documentary, The...
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From all at IKWRO – Happy International Women’s Day 2024

Thank you to every one of you who has supported us this year, and a warm welcome to new supporters. This International Women’s Day, our hearts are broken by the devastation being wrought on Gaza, where two-thirds of the tens of thousands of people killed are women and children. In Ukraine, too, women continue to face the horrors of war. Peace cannot wait. We stand in solidarity with women in Afghanistan and Iran, denied their rights and facing harsh...
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We express our profound sorrow for the tragic loss of lives and violence endured by both Palestinians and Israelis in the past two months.

We express our profound sorrow for the tragic loss of lives and violence endured by both Palestinians and Israelis in the past two months. As an organisation dedicated to women's and human rights, we are deeply troubled by the disproportionate impact of these attacks on women, children, and other vulnerable groups, with a staggering 67% of the casualties being women and children. The situation in Gaza is dire, with 1.7 million people displaced and facing severe shortages of...
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On 15 March 2023, Mohammed Taroos Khan was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his niece, Somaiya Begum, in a so-called “honour” killing.

On 15 March 2023, Mohammed Taroos Khan was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his niece, Somaiya Begum, in a so-called “honour” killing.When Somaiya was 16 years old, her father attempted to forcibly marry her to her cousin in a child marriage. Somaiya obtained a Forced Marriage Protection Order and she was removed from her parents' care. Somaiya’s father and uncle Mohammed Taroos Khan were prohibited from visiting her residence. There was a restraining order on...
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PRESS RELEASE: David Carrick has been sentenced to a minimum 30 years

David Carrick's conviction of 85 serious offenses, including 48 rape charges, led to a long-awaited sentencing of a minimum 30 years. It is unacceptable that despite several women coming forward to report him, Carrick was allowed to remain a police officer for over 17 years and manipulate his power by explicitly warning his victims that no one would believe them due to his rank. This case unfortunately does not stand alone, and women continue to suffer because of...
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In Solidarity of Women, Life, Freedom

On 16 September 2022, Jina Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman was murdered by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Whilst visiting Tehran, she was arrested by the “morality police”, accused of not complying with the strict dress rules for women and was tortured and beaten, causing her death. In the more than two months since then, thousands of girls and women have led protests, supported by many men in Iran. They are chanting “Women, Life, Freedom” and calling...
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PRESS RELEASE: IKWRO demands justice for Mahsa Amini and an end to Iran’s “morality police”

On 16th September in Tehran, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in hospital three days after she was arrested and beaten by the “morality police” who had accused her of not being sufficiently covered by her hijab. The Iranian regime is denying responsibility for the murder of Mahsa, claiming that she died from a heart attack. This is disputed by her family.  We send our condolences and stand in support of Mahsa’s family. IKWRO strongly condemns the Iranian regime, who...
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Liberating ourselves from the concept of ‘virginity’ 

By Rojbîn Arjen Yigit, Volunteer at IKWRO  The fixation with being a ‘virgin’ harms young girls from a young age. Defining a woman’s ‘honour’ by her virginity is a reductive ideology. The Cambridge dictionary defines honour as “a quality that combines respect, being proud and honesty” and therefore for many women, true honour can range from protecting their independence, fighting for their communities freedom, to their right to an education. We must challenge the idea that ‘honour’ is...
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Press Release: IKWRO’s campaigning achieves ban of three harmful practices; child marriage, virginity testing and hymenoplasty

On 28 April 2022, both the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill and the Health and Care Bill gained Royal Assent, between them introducing historic changes in law to ban three harmful practices; child marriage, virginity testing and hymenoplasty. The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill, changes law which had been in place since before the second world-war. It will make eighteen the minimum age for marriage, with no exceptions, and ban all forms of child...
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