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Experiences and Counter-Strategies in Iraqi Kurdistan and the UK Kurdish Diaspora

posted Feb 22, 2015, 8:07 AM by Kewan Omer   [ updated Apr 14, 2015, 12:37 AM ]
  • Nazand Begikhani, University of Bristol, UK, Aisha K. Gill, University of Roehampton, UK and Gill Hague, University of Bristol, UK
  • ‘Honour'-based violence is a form of intimate violence committed against women (and some men) by husbands, fathers, brothers and male relatives. A very common social phenomenon, it has existed throughout history and in a wide variety of societies across the world, from white European to African cultures, from South and East Asia to Latin America. The most extreme form of Honour-based violence - 'honour' killing - tragically remains widespread.

    Over the last decade, national and international efforts, including new policy development and activist campaigns, have begun to challenge the practice. Based on a pioneering and unique study, conducted collaboratively by the Centre for Gender and Violence Research, University of Bristol, the University of Roehampton and Kurdish Women's Rights Watch, this book is at the forefront of this new and challenging policy direction.
  • Contents: Foreword, Fatma Müge Göçek; Understanding and challenging ‘honour’-based violence; Defining and responding to ‘honour’-based violence and patriarchal social relations; The context: Iraqi Kurdistan region; The nature of HBV and women’s voices from Iraqi Kurdistan; Media representation of honour-based violence; Honour crimes and Kurdish women in the diaspora; Issues for law, policy and practice in Iraqi Kurdistan; Conclusions: moving forward; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.
  • About the Author: Dr. Nazand Begikhani, University of Bristol, UK, Dr. Aisha K. Gill, University of Roehampton, UK and Professor Gill Hague, University of Bristol, UK
  • Reviews: ‘The result of sustained and in-depth research on the part of the three authors and their activist allies, this publication is based on a study commissioned by the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq on “honour”-based violence in Iraqi Kurdistan and the Kurdish diaspora in the UK. The book is a richly substantive contribution to a growing scholarly literature. A lucid reflection on this scholarship informs the authors’ situating of the scope and challenges of the project, which draws on “feminist perspectives, women’s activism and action research” to explore these forms of violence and strategies of response to them. The authors are to be congratulated for a distinctive effort.’
    Lynn Welchman, SOAS, University of London, UK

    ‘“Honour based killing” is culture-dependent but nevertheless a universal phenomenon that needs confronting. This book is an important contribution to the growing feminist literature on this subject, the first of its kind to focus on Iraqi Kurds. This is especially important these days when Kurdish women, in the Middle East and in the diaspora, are becoming more organized and are establishing a feminist bulwark against the rise of Islamist fundamentalism and its brutal oppression of women.’
    Nira Yuval-Davis, University of East London, UK