Women Against Violence

Domestic violence is a pattern of physical and psychological abuse, threats, intimidation, isolation or economic coercion used by one person to exert power and control over another person in the context of a dating, family or household relationship.

Domestic violence is maintained by societal and cultural attitudes, institutions and laws which are not consistent in naming this violence as wrong.

The Government defines domestic violence as "Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality." This includes issues of concern to black and minority ethnic (BME) communities such as so called 'honour killings'.

Kurdistan Refugee Women’s Organisation (KMEWO) is strongly supporting the voices of women's organisations
and violence against women (VAW) campaigns that affirm that the UK
Government must comply with its international commitment on tackling VAW.

This commitment involves the development of a cross-departmental strategy to end all forms of violence against women and to form a National Strategy on VAW including all forms of gender based violence such as domestic violence, honour based violence, forced marriages, FGM, rape and sexual harassment and violence against children and young girls.

Meanwhile we would like to contribute to any local or national strategies that intend to tackle any kind of violence against

KMEWO is pleased that ACPO has seeked our views about their (draft) Honour Based Violence Strategy. We are also pleased that this issue is
now being thoroughly looked at and appropriate actions will be taken to help
victims and punish perpetrators.Women Against Violence

Violence Against Women Must Stop!


Press Releases

Forced Marriage should be criminalise as much as trafficking and other sexual exploitation of women and young girls Read more

KMEWO Quarterly News:

KMEWO's activities over the last three months includes the provision of advice and information cryptocurrency singapore, a women's enpowering programme, a series of health awareness seminars, a volunteering placement programme and ESOL classes ....

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KMEWO‘s Activities marking International Women’s Day 2012

KMEWO was particularly active in a number of events that were held to celebrate this year (2012) International Women’s day. Most notable were: Read More

Al-Nisa Magazine 16

Features : *Women’s Rights towards an Alternative Perspective, Challenging Religious, Patriarchies
*Women in the pursuit of equality
*Forced Marriage and the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act


The Issues of Honour Based Violence - Training Session

A training session provided by Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women’s Association - Friday 28th October 2011
1 - 3.30pm

InSpire : The Crypt, St Peter’s Church,
Liverpool Grove, off Walworth Road, SE17 2HH

A sandwich lunch provided at 1pm


DVD PRODUCTION AND LAUNCH  Specialist Training DVD & Manual

 In 2009 the Nationwide Foundation awarded a grant to the Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women's Organisation and two other groups to develop two projects under its Investors Programme Scheme. One of the projects, a DVD, entitled "For Honour and Love", was developed jointly by KMEWO and Eighteen & Under from Dundee in Scotland. It covers four themes, namely, Honour Based Violence, Female Genital Mutilation, Forced Marriage and Controlling....

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100 Years and Going Strong - International Women's Day Celebration
The Kurdish and Middle East Women's Organisation (KMEWO) would like to join the many millions of women
around the world in celebrating International Women's Day on 8 March. This day represent the role of women in the building of modern societies and a well earned recognition of their achievements. ...Read more

“For Honour and Love” specialist training DVD & Manual Launch - Luton, Friday 21 January 2011
The short films were produced in collaboration with Eighteen & Under and funded by Nationwide Foundation. Each short film explores a different aspect of Honour-Based Violence; the threat of honour killing, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and issues relating to isolation and control ...Read more

For Honour and Love (DVD) & Training Handbook

The DVD covers four themes, which are related to domestic violence, i.e.

Video Launch

  1. Lost in Translation – a scene about control in relationships
  2. The Holiday – a scene about female genital cutting
  3. A Family Affair (Part 1) – a scene about forced marriages
  4. A Family Affair (Part 2) – a scene about honour killings..
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Special 'No Recourse to Public Funds' Edition

Al-Nisa 15

* Foreword by Lynne Featherstone MP, Minister for Equalities
* Contributors include: Sojourner Project, Southall Black Sisters, Amnesty International UK, IMKAAN, Rights of Women and much more...

* Please note: to read this edition of Al-Nisa in English - read from back to front.  ...Read more 

Al-Nisa Magazine 14

* Supporting women and girls.
* Vaginaplasty and FGM exposed.
* Interview with Waris Dirie.
* Interview with Sudanese women.
* Changes in Work and Benefits Policies.
* Honour-Based Violence: How many more?  ...Read more 

Campaigning Skills Training with the Refugee Council & the No Recourse to Public Funds Campaign

The No Recourse to Public Funds Rule has a devastating effect on the lives of many Kurdish and Middle Eastern women who enter the UK on a spousal visa, are subjected to domestic violence but are unable to access a refuge because they have no recourse to public funds.  ...Read more 

“For Honour and Love” specialist training DVD & Manual Launch - London, On Friday 26 March 2010, Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women’s Organisation and Eighteen & Under launched 'For Honour and Love' DVD, a specialist training resource on honour-based
violence at Amnesty International UK...Read more

Polygamy Issue 13 of Al-Nisa now online!  In Arabic and English.  English readers will need to read the magazine from back to front. ...Read more

Conference on Polygamy 2009 - REPORT  As part of International Women's Week, KMEWO hosted a Conference on Polygamy.  The event was well attended by members of the Kurdish community and supporters including researchers from Bristol University, University of London student reporter, Insight News Television company and an international Kurdish radio station, Nawa ...Read more

KMEWO Contact Numbers:

telephone 020 7263 1027 (Islington)
telephone 020 7708 0057 (Southwark)

telephone 077 4885 1125 (mobile)

telephone 020 7561 9594 (fax)

Email: info@kmewo.org

Free 24 Hour National Domestic Violence HELPLINE

telephone 080 8200 0249


telephone 999


Volunteering at KMEWO : 

Are you a native speaker of Arabic, Kurdish, Turkish or Farsi? Would you like to improve your work place skills, make new friends and gain more confidence?

We are currently offering opportunities in these areas:

  • Advocacy

  • Awareness raising

  • Administration

  • Events Planning

  • Befriending

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Specialist Agency Training : 

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KMEWO has endorsed the Women's Asylum Charter ...Read more


Victims of forced marriage could be as high as 4,000 ...Read more

Honour based violence must end!

MECWR and KMEWO - Honour Based Violence Strategy ...Read more

Combating Honour-based Violence Forum:  Respect and Remembrance Service for for Banaz Mahmod ...Read more

The Police fail to response to a suspected 'Honour Killing'    

A 20 year old Kurdish woman murdered in January of 2006 ...Read more

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