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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True Honour Awards 2022

IKWRO is delighted to announce the nominees and winners of the True Honour Awards 2022. On behalf of IKWRO and all of the judges, we congratulate every nominee for their crucial work to end “honour” based abuse and support survivors. Every single one deserves recognition and praise. Amina - Muslim and BME Women’s Resource Centre Amina - Muslim and BME Women’s Resource Centre, is an award-winning organisation that empowers and supports Scottish Muslim and Black and Minority Ethnic...
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PRESS RELEASE: IKWRO’S VIRGINITY DOES NOT DEFINE ME CAMPAIGN ACHIEVES GOVERNMENT AMMENDMENT TO BAN HYMENOPLASTY

Late on Monday 24th January 2022, in a landmark moment, the government tabled an ammendment to the Health and Care Bill to ban the harmful practice of hymenoplasty, also known as hymen reconstruction surgery, across all four UK nations. Importantly the ban will have extraterritorial effect meaning that it will prohihibit women and girls being taken abroad to have hymenoplasty. This is a major step forward in tackling "honour" based abuse. It follows the government's earlier ammendment to...
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PRESS RELEASE: “Honour” Based Abuse Offences Reported To Police Rise By Almost a Fifth

On Thursday 9th December 2021, the Home Office published official statistics showing an 18% rise in offences related to “honour” based abuse reported to the police in England and Wales. Of the 2,725 cases recorded in the year ending March 2021, 125 were for forced marriage and 78 were for Female Genital Mutilation. Additionally, 16% were for assault with injury, 15% and 14%  for controlling and coercive behaviour. Significantly, this timeframe covers periods where the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions...
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Honour

Written by Dia Tuncer Trigger warning, this poem addresses "honour" based abuse. Honour When I was born  No cigars were handed out  Your friends didn’t slap your back with pride Instead you heard them say “Better luck next time” When I started walking You threw your honour on my back Asked me to carry it to my grave  Cut up pieces of me and sewed it up So the honour couldn’t escape  Between my legs When I was...
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‘I am here’

Written by Lesley Delmenico working with a client at IKWRO who wishes to remain anonymous. Trigger warning, this poem addresses "honour" based abuse. 'I am here' I am not supposed to be here, but here I am.   Please listen to my story.    My voice was silenced all of my life, but I’ve found it, and I need to talk with you.  My life was bound by proverbs, the sayings that describe a woman’s life,  Her value,  How she...
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PRESS RELEASE: MILESTONE MOMENT FOR IKWRO’s VIRGINITY DOES NOT DEFINE ME CAMPAIGN AS MP’S VOTE TO BAN VIRGINITY TESTING

Tuesday 23rd November 2021, MP’s voted in favour of banning virginity testing in England. The ban was added to the Health and Care Bill in an amendment introduced by the government. This followed the announcement in the Home Office Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, published in July 2021, that the government support the ban of the harmful practice. Significantly the ban will have extra-territorial effect, meaning that it applies where women and girls are taken out of...
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PRESS RELEASE: Major Success for IKWRO’s Campaign As MP’s Vote to Ban Child Marriage

Friday 19th November, MP's have voted to ban child marriage in England and Wales at the second reading of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill, a private member’s Bill introduced by Pauline Latham MP. The Bill has won government support and once in force, will be a historic change to outdated law that has been in place since before the second world war. The new law will mean that the minimum age that a marriage can...
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PRESS RELEASE: Parliament to Vote on Bill to Ban Child Marriage

This Friday 19th November, MP's will vote on whether to raise the minimum age that a marriage can be registered in England and Wales to 18 and to make child marriage a crime. The government have confirmed that they are backing the Marriage and Civil Partnership Minimum Age Bill, a private members bill brought by Pauline Latham MP, which will be having it’s second reading. This is a historic change to outdated law, that has been in place...
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