Honour Killings

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Conference
2008 National Black Members' Conference
Date
12 September 2007
Decision
Carried

Conference welcomes 8th March as International Women’s Day and the advances women have made however, there is still a long way to go.

Conferences understand that violence against women, in addition to physical and sexual violence, can include trafficking, honour killings and female genital mutilation.

Conference further recognises that domestic violence is the most common form of abuse of women worldwide irrespective of culture, ethnicity, education, class and religion.

Conference is aware of the fact that systematic rape is used as a weapon of terror in many of the world’s conflicts. It is estimated that between 250,000 and 500,000 women in Rwanda were raped and some also horrifically, sexually tortured (some contracted aids) and many were killed, during the 1994 genocide.

Most honour killings have been carried out by men towards women. This inhumane abuse of women must stop. There is no honour in the abduction and killing of women. The human rights lawyer, Usha Sood, says that “honour crimes are being perpetrated in the hundreds every year.

The police say there are as many as 12 honour killings in the UK each year. Banaz Mahmood, beautiful 20 year old from South London whose dismembered body in a suitcase was found in a garden in Birmingham in 2006, is sadly remembered by us all.

Conference calls upon the National Black Members Committee to work with the National Executive Council, and APF Committee to work in partnership with the Government and International bodies to:

1.Continue to work towards ending the violence towards women.

2.Campaign to raise awareness of honour killing issues affecting women.

3.Campaign to end honour killing practices in England and the UK.