Archive for March, 2011

Last week we wrote about cuts to ESOL classes.  This week the government announced that it would be getting rid of the Female Genital Mutilation Coordinator.  As of tomorrow – 1 April – the only post across all of Whitehall which is dedicated to tackling FGM in the UK will go.  Sounds like a bad April Fool’s joke, doesn’t it?  But […]


On Monday the loveliest woman came to IKWRO’s office for our Nowruz party.  Let’s call her Shahla.  In between dolma and baklava, she taught me some Middle Eastern dance moves.  She also told me how she ended up in England.  Shahla’s in her late 20s.  She was part of the pro-democracy movement in Iran and […]


Yesterday afternoon IKWRO held a party to celebrate Nowruz (or Newroz in Kurdish) – the Persian New Year. By 2 o’clock our office was full of women young and old who had come to eat, drink and dance together.  We served fruit and traditional Iranian pastries and played music all afternoon.  One woman brought a hot dish of lamb […]


IKWRO explains why the government’s new action plan on violence against women and girls does do enough for victims of ‘honour’ based violence


This blog was also featured on the Independent’s website for International Women’s Day 2011. Today is the hundredth anniversary of International Women’s Day.  It’s a day to celebrate the progress that women around the world have made in fighting for their rights over the past century.  And it’s a day to look to the century to […]


  In recent weeks, women have taken to the streets alongside men in Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Libya and Yemen.  In Tahrir Square women stood on the frontline and refused to go home.  Elsewhere they have played a leading role in the protests, risking their lives to demand an end to corrupt […]