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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One Year Anniversary of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022

IKWRO marks the first anniversary of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022, a pivotal legislation that came officially into force on 27 February 2023. This means that individuals aged 16 and 17 are no longer permitted to marry or enter into a civil partnership, irrespective of parental consent. This legislation also extends its jurisdiction to marriages arranged abroad, as well as non-legally binding customary, religious or traditional ceremonies whether registered or not, ensuring full protection for all...
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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 – IKWRO’s Safeguard Futures Ban Child Marriage Campaign succeeds into law in England and Wales: The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2023

IKWRO – Women’s Rights Organisation lead the Safeguard Futures Ban Child Marriage campaign to achieve this change in the law in collaboration with our fellow Girls Not Brides UK Co-Chairs with pro-bono support from Naomi Wiseman, Barrister at Garden Court. The Act comes into effect today, 27th February 2023. This legislation introduces a ban on civil partnership and marriage for 16 and 17-year-olds with no exceptions. Diana Nammi, Executive Director, IKWRO- Women’s Rights Organisation says:This is major step...
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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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