Leading women’s rights charity protests against Law Society for condoning ‘sharia’ law

On Monday 28th April 2014, London, Diana Nammi, founder and Executive Director of the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), a leading women’s rights charity representing thousands of Middle Eastern, Afghan and North African women and girls living in the UK, gathered with her colleagues and around 70 protestors, including other human rights campaigners and lawyers, in front of the Law Society’s headquarters on Chancery Lane to demonstrate against its endorsement of Sharia law, which is fundamentally discriminatory...
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Multiculturalism and sharia

IKWRO were contributors of one section in the report 'Multiculturalism and Child Protection in the UK' produced by the One Law for All campaign. 'Sharia law is an issue of great importance to us,' said Director, Diana Nammi. 'Our clients are often seeking divorce in the cases of abuse and feel the need for a religious divorce. However, their experiences have been extremely negative.' Accounts of these responses are included within our section which provided women's real experiences...
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IKWRO welcomes bill to limit Sharia Law in Britain

Despite the fact that by law Sharia Councils are not supposed to adjudicate on family or criminal matters, IKWRO staff know of several women who have been pressured to resolve issues such as marriage breakdown, child custody and domestic violence in informal faith-based 'courts' in the UK.  One woman who wanted a divorce from her abusive husband was told she should make her marriage work.  Another was sent home because judges said they would not deal with her while she was menstruating.  Given stories like...
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100 years of International Women’s Day: Still not equal, and some are less equal than others

This blog was also featured on the Independent's website for International Women's Day 2011. Today is the hundredth anniversary of International Women’s Day.  It’s a day to celebrate the progress that women around the world have made in fighting for their rights over the past century.  And it's a day to look to the century to come, the challenges that remain for the world’s women and the obstacles that lie ahead. Despite claims that discrimination is over, women’s rights remain a...
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