#RightToKnow - new IKWRO video calls on governments to tackle gender-based violence in schools

Last week, to mark World Teachers Day (Monday, 5th October) and International Day of the Girl Child (Sunday, 11th October), the Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), launched a short film calling on the government to make every school “honour” based violence, forced marriage & female genital mutilation (FGM) safe.

The short film, which is part of IKWRO’s #RightToKnow campaign, captures young people preparing and performing flash mobs and asking members of the public to tweet Nicky Morgan, the Secretary of State for Education and have their picture taken in support of the campaign.

Watch the film here:

The film is being sent to Nicky Morgan MP with a letter from the young people and IKWRO setting out the three demands of the #RightToKnow campaign, which if undertaken, will help ensure that every school is “honour” based violence, forced marriage & female genital mutilation (FGM) safe:

  • All schools must embed the prevention of “honour” based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation into their safeguarding procedures, which must be monitored by Ofsted.
  • All school staff must be trained to understand and spot the signs of “honour” based violence, forced marriage and FGM and to know what to do if any student could be at risk.
  • Every student must be educated that they have the right not to face “honour” based violence, forced marriage or FGM and that support is available for them and for anyone who they are concerned may be at risk.

Want to support the campaign?

Do you care about these issues? You can support the #RightToKnow campaign by tweeting Nicky Morgan the following message:

  • @NickyMorgan01 make every school #FGM, #ForcedMarriage & #honourbasedviolence safe. #RightToKnow

Find out more about IKWRO

IKWRO’s mission is to protect Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls who are at risk of  ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage, child marriage, female genital mutilation and domestic violence and to promote their rights. Find out more on their website.


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