Islamic Relief UK launched a major faith-inspired advocacy campaign in April to tackle all forms of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), both internationally and domestically. As the largest Islamic inspired humanitarian organisation in the UK, Islamic Relief is using the campaign to take a proactive stance against all forms of VAWG, including domestic abuse, sexual violence, human trafficking, forced and early child marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM/C), and so-called “honour” killings.
The campaign calls upon the UK Muslim community, as well as imams, to mobilise, raise awareness and take action on this issue within their congregations. They can also sign the “Honour Her” pledge online. Sadly, 1 in 3 women worldwide experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime – that’s over one billion people alive today.
The campaign will support a global effort across the Islamic Relief family to tackle Gender Based Violence (GBV). At a major UN conference on women’s rights in March, representatives of Islamic Relief Worldwide publicly called on Muslim faith leaders, governments, institutions and civil society actors to commit to establishing gender justice globally. The organisation also published a series of policy papers on the issue of VAWG within humanitarian settings including Early and Forced Marriage and FGM/C.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“I was delighted to offer my support to this fantastic new campaign by Islamic Relief.
“The #HonourHer campaign aims to raise awareness about violence against women and girls worldwide – join me in supporting the campaign and helping women and girls everywhere by visiting www.iruk.co/honourher.”