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‘Honour' based violence (HBV) is a form of domestic abuse which is perpetrated in the name of so called ‘honour'. The honour code which it refers to is set at the discretion of male relatives and women who do not abide by the ‘rules' are then punished for bringing shame on the family. Infringements may include a woman having a boyfriend; rejecting a forced marriage; pregnancy outside of marriage; interfaith relationships; seeking divorce, inappropriate dress or make-up and even kissing in a public place.
This session was part of the Festival of solutions: It's all about the women. We chose hair and skin as our second in the series , because we all have skin and hair and have something to say about it. So we can have an amusing conversation about hair disasters, and sunburn but at the same time we can discuss the deeper isues around lighter skin being seen as more socailly acceptable.
We are very excited about our Women Talking Series. After a hugely successful talk back in September it was clear that we needed to keep going with this! Women Talking is a physical space for women to speak and be heard, to improve intercultural awareness and a safe space to unpick some of the trickier conversations that we are often scared to speak about.
In May 2019 we will be running a series of events around Being Mixed Race. Collaborating with Ujima Radio, The Wonder Club, Malcolm X centre, among others, we hope to begin the conversation that so often gets missed out.
‘Mixed Race’ is the largest growing demographic in Bristol, and the UK. As our cultures blend and mix in all kinds of ways, what effect does this have on the individual from a multi-heritage background? How do we identify ourselves? How do others identify us? How can we support our children better?
A record number of anti-Muslim attacks and incidents of abuse were reported last year, with women disproportionately targeted by mostly male teenage perpetrators, the monitoring group Tell Mama has said. In its annual report, the group noted a surge in Islamophobic attacks, with 1,201 verified reports submitted in 2017, a rise of 26% on the year before and the highest number since it began recording incidents.