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United Kingdom: Muslim women fighting extremism

Publication Date: 
April 30, 2011
The Guardian
‘To say that Muslim women are oppressed or don’t contribute is so patronising’ . . . Sara Khan. Photo: Graham Turner

Tehmina Kazi wears modest western dress and believes in plurality and diversity within her faith, . For her pains, she has been labelled a whore, admonished for not wearing the hijab and accused, inaccurately, of wearing short skirts by people she has never met, writing online.

When she defended after he said evolution was compatible with Islam, she had to go to police after receiving threats of her own.

Transnational Forced Marriage: From the UK to Pakistan

Publication Date: 
March 24, 2011

We recall that ‘marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses’ (Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948, Article 16(2)). Heightened media sensitivity surrounding the practice of forced marriage helped to lead to the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007, implemented in autumn 2008, incorporating the Act into a new Part 4A of the Family Law Act 1996.  

Report from the event "Your Marriage Your Rights"

Publication Date: 
March, 2010


From early on after the inception of Direct Approach it was identified that a key issue facing ME women within the community was Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence.

It was, however, recognised that this was an exceptionally complex area and any work in the field should be approached with a high level of sensitivity.

Scotland: Forced Marriages Under-Reported

Publication Date: 
October 13, 2010
The Direct Approach Network

The Direct Approach network, a partnership between Edinburgh police and organizations representing ethnic minority women, released a report on October 13th, 2010 indicating that the number of forced marriages taking place in the city is much higher than the number reported.

Upon surveying 40 women from minority communities, half said they know of or are victims themselves of forced marriages. With only an average of seven cases reported annually, it is clear that there are many hidden victims.

Positive Women Human Rights Defenders

What does a positive women human rights defender look like? (Photo: IPPF; Simon Raynor, LRPS, CollageMedia Ltd)

On the occasion of World AIDS Day (01 December) and the 16 Days of Activism, the VNC Campaign pays tribute to the courage and perseverance of women human rights defenders living with HIV. This article by Alice Welbourn published presents another dimension of 'culture' that need challenging – one that stigmatizes and causes further injustice to women with HIV . The stories of HIV-positive women human rights defenders presented by the author show how they are reclaiming their dignity and those of others similarly affected by this world-wide epidemic through their perseverance and dedication.

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UK: [Honour crimes] Two more murderers of Banaz Mahmod face justice today

Publication Date: 
November 11, 2010

The Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation welcomes the news that the remaining two suspects in the Banaz Mahmod murder trial, Mohammed Ali and Omar Hussain, have been found guilty at the Old Bailey today.  Ali was sentenced to a minimum of 22 years and Hussain to 21 years.

UK: Parents re-arrested over suspected 'honour' killing

Publication Date: 
September 2, 2010
The Guardian
Shafila Ahmed


The parents of a Muslim teenager thought to have been the victim of an "honour" killing were arrested today on suspicion of her murder, almost seven years after she went missing.

The remains of Shafilea Ahmed, 17, from Warrington, Cheshire, were discovered by the river Kent near Sedgwick, Cumbria, in February 2004, five months after she disappeared from her home in Great Sankey.

'Honour killing' suspected in murder of British couple in Pakistan

Publication Date: 
August 8, 2010
The Guardian


A British couple have been murdered in  in a suspected "honour killing" after calling off their daughter's marriage.

A man and his wife from the Alum Rock area of Birmingham, named locally as taxi driver Gul Wazir and wife Bagum, had reportedly visited the country to resolve a dispute over a wedding.

Death by Stoning - Interview with Anne Harrison from Amnesty International & Ziba Mir Hosseini from SOAS

Publication Date: 
July, 2010
BBC Radio 4

Judicial Stoning: Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was found guilty of adultery by an Iranian court and was due to be stoned to death. Following a concerted campaign by her family and lawyers, it now seems that that sentence has been lifted, and campaigners are waiting to hear what will happen next.

UK: Damian Green says burka ban would be 'un-British'

Publication Date: 
July 18, 2010
Last week French MPs voted to ban wearing the Islamic full veil in public.

Banning the wearing of the Islamic full veil in public would be "un-British", the immigration minister has said.

Damian Green told the Sunday Telegraph trying to pass such a law would be at odds with the UK's "tolerant and mutually respectful society".

It comes after Tory MP Philip Hollobone introduced a private members' bill which would make it illegal for people to cover their faces in public.