‘Honour killing’ victims: First national memorial day


Originally published in BBC

The first memorial day for victims of so-called honour killings is taking place on Tuesday.
It would have been the 29th birthday of Shafilea Ahmed, who was killed by her parents when she was 17 after suffering years of “honour-based” violence. UK police forces recorded more than 11,000 cases of “honour” crime between 2010 and 2014. They are acts committed to defend the supposed honour or reputation of a family and community.

At the conference, The Henry Jackson Society research fellow Emily Dyer will launch a report on survivors of “honour” abuse.

The report, Britain’s Forgotten Women, concludes that while there has been significant progress in raising awareness of forced marriage and “honour-based” abuse in the UK, there are gaps in support for survivors.

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