Event Date: 14th July 2016
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After a successful ‘Britain’s Lost Women’ campaign with Cosmopolitan the worlds largest women’s magazine brand and achieving cross governmental support, July 14th now marks a national day that honours the memories of victims murdered in cases of honour abuse. This year’s Day of Memory will again be an opportunity to raise national awareness and will be held in Newcastle.
Jasvinder will be hosting dialogues with British survivors whose lives have been impacted by abuses of forced marriage and honour crimes. An estimated 5000 women across the world are killed each year for bringing ‘shame’ upon their families. At least 12 of these victims are British but the true number is thought to be far higher as many simply ‘disappear.’
July 14th is also the birthday of murdered teenager Shafilea Ahmed who would have been 30 this year (2016). After suffering years of honour-based abuse, including an attempted forced marriage, Shafilea’s parents suffocated her to death in front of her siblings. Girls and women are murdered for embracing the most basic freedoms, including appearing to be too westernised, wanting to educate themselves, seeking
independence or wanting to choose their partner. This day will honour these women and dishonour the crime.
“I commend Karma Nirvana and Cosmopolitain’s campaign to raise awareness of these often hidden crimes through a rememberance day for victims and thank them for their ongoing work to tackle forced marriage and honour based violence.”
Theresa May Home Secretary
JULY 14TH NATIONAL DAY OF MEMORY
Friday, July 15th, 2016
This day was the second national Day of Memory that honours the memories of those who lost their lives in cases of honour based abuse and was an opportunity to raise greater national awareness.
The day in Newcastle was hosted by DJ and television presenter Bobby Friction, patron of Karma Nirvana. Leading speakers in the field included Vera Baird QC, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumberland, Leanne Caddick from South Wales police who was one of the investigators in Britain’s first criminal conviction of forced marriage, Chaz Akoshile Head of the Forced Marriage Unit and video input from Nazir Afzal CEO of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, Karen Bradley Culture Secretary and DCS Gerry Campbell of the Metropolitan Police, national lead on HBA, FM and FGM and local councillor Dippu. Survivors courageously shared their personal experiences in the hope that others will learn from them. Fathers shared their moving testimonies and experiences of their sons, whom, they believe, were victims of honour killings.
By the end of the day itself there were just under 4 million footprints on Twitter and hashtag WeRemember was trending at number 1.