New Book Out: Honour-Based Violence – Experiences and Counter-Strategies in Iraqi Kurdistan and the UK Kurdish Diaspora

2 06 2015

9781409421900.PPC_PPC TemplateNazand Begikhani, Aisha K. Gill & Gill Hague 

Ashgate, 2015


‘Honour’-based violence is a form of intimate violence committed against women (and some men) by husbands, fathers, brothers and male relatives. A very common social phenomenon, it has existed throughout history and in a wide variety of societies across the world, from white European to African cultures, from South and East Asia to Latin America. The most extreme form of Honour-based violence – ‘honour’ killing – tragically remains widespread.Over the last decade, national and international efforts, including new policy development and activist campaigns, have begun to challenge the practice. Based on a pioneering and unique study, conducted collaboratively by the Centre for Gender and Violence Research, University of Bristol, the University of Roehampton and Kurdish Women’s Rights Watch, this book is at the forefront of this new and challenging policy direction.

Contents: Foreword, Fatma Müge Göçek; Understanding and challenging ‘honour’-based violence; Defining and responding to honour-based violence and patriarchal social relations; The context: Iraqi Kurdistan region; The nature of HBV and women’s voices from Iraqi Kurdistan; Media representation of honour-based violence; Honour crimes and Kurdish women in the diaspora; Issues for law, policy and practice in Iraqi Kurdistan; Conclusions: moving forward; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.

About the Authors: Dr Nazand Begikhani, University of Bristol, UK, Dr Aisha K. Gill, University of Roehampton, UK and Professor Gill Hague, University of Bristol, UK.

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