Victims of honour-based violence are given annual memorial day

Published Wednesday, Jan 14 2015, 00:02 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Last year, we reported that a shocking number of female victims lose their lives to honour-based violence on an annual basis.

Horrifically, women in the UK are raped, abused and physically beaten by their own families.

Reveal's sister magazine, Cosmopolitan, teamed up with Karma Nirvana – a UK charity that supports victims of such circumstances – to campaign for a memorial day to remember those who lost their lives through honour killings.

And today it has been announced that their Britain's Lost Women campaign has successfully secured the first-ever annual memorial day, which will take place 14 July.

This specific date was picked, as it's the birthday of Shalfilea Ahmed, who sadly lost her life at just 17-years-old in 2003, when her parents suffocated her to death in front of her siblings.

The campaign received a huge 115,000 signatures pledging support of the day, as well as support from the three major political parties.

With an estimated 5,000 women across the world being killed each year for bringing "shame" upon their families, and at least 12 in the UK, there's no better time for action to be taken on this awful crime.

Jasvinder Sanghera, Chief Executive of Karma Nirvana, explained she hopes this day will encourage more victims to seek help:

"Girls and women can be murdered for the most basic freedoms – the right to education, independence or wanting to choose their partner. A day of memory will honour these women and dishonour the crime. It will also raise awareness so anyone can spot this abuse and potentially save someone's life."

Louise Court, Editor-in-Chief, Cosmopolitan added: "Convictions are shockingly rare, but every year tens or possibly even hundreds of British women are killed by their own relatives for betraying their so-called 'honour'.

"A national day of memory is a vital step towards remembering the victims of honour killings and empowering women and girls suffering this type of abuse to speak out and seek help."

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