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'Honour'-based violence and Kurdish communities: Moving towards action and change in Iraqi Kurdistan and the UK

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-396
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Gender Studies
Issue number4
DatePublished - Dec 2013


This paper discusses 'honour'-based violence (HBV) and 'honour' killings in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (in the north of Iraq) and the UK. HBV consists of violence committed, most commonly, against (young) women by male relatives and is usually carried out in order to preserve or restore the 'honour' of families, communities, or individuals. The paper discusses HBV in the context of the first-ever transnational study of such violence in Iraqi Kurdish communities. The study is a major part of the contribution of Iraqi Kurdistan to the current global effort to begin to combat this type of violence against women. Using an understanding of HBV as gender-based violence, the paper reports on the findings, actions, and recommendations which emerged from the study for both Iraqi Kurdistan and the UK. These recommendations are grounded in a gendered perspective and are currently leading to social action and change for women in Iraqi Kurdistan, together with some further impacts in the UK.

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  • honour-based violence, Iraqi Kurdistan Region, violence against women


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