Nearly a year back, Diana Nammi, Founder and Executive Director at the Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) gave a talk at TEDxEastEnd significantly increasing awareness of her charity – which supports women and girls from Middle Eastern, North African and Afghan communities at risk of “honour” based violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM) and domestic abuse. Getting a standing ovation from the TEDxEastEnd from one of the members in the audience, Diana was later nominated for the Red Women of the Year Community Award which she has won.
Following Diana’s successful talk, IKWRO has given advice to 2,500 women over the phone and provided intensive face-to-face support to an additional 800 cases. 2015 has also been the year for achieving IKWRO’s long-time goal of opening the first ‘specialist refuge for Middle Eastern and North African women’. Despite government funding cuts in the women sector, which has especially impacted women from minority communities and seen the closure of many of these refuges, IKWRO has successfully carried their project to fruition. They have also launched their new #RightToKnow campaign, ‘calling on the government to make every school ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage and FGM safe’ by educating both school staff and young people on where to get help when facing abuse.
Where are they now?
Where are they now? is a blog series about our speakers from the past 5 years. Read about their experience of being part of TEDxEastEnd, find out more about their work and what they have been up to since their talk.