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Soroptimists marking the Day of Memory July 14th for victims of Honour based killings

12 Honour killings in UK every year

Several Club members joined in the on line seminar on Honour based killings as part of the Day of Memory . The annual day of remembrance is held each year on July 14th to remember those lost to honour killings. Where some families feel dishonoured, shamed and choose to forget, Karma Nirvana remembers and celebrate victim’s lives. The organisation is there to support people at risk  of forced marriage and honour based abuse.

The Day of Memory was inspired by Bradford-born Shafilea Ahmed who was murdered by her parents in 2003 after suffering years of abuse for becoming ‘too westernised’.  There are an estimated 12 honour killings each year in the UK although the exact number is unknown.

For advice from Karma Nirvana ring 0800 5999 247 or see their Helpline section on their website

Payzee, the sister of Banaz, a victim of honour killing is calling on us to support the The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill which would stop marriages in the UK for those under 18 and help protect young girls from forced  marriages and protect their education. Please sign  the petition to End Child Marriage

The Bill had its first reading in  2018 but failed to progress as it ran out of time and the Bill needs to be retabled.

Honour based abuse statistics from Karma Nirvana