PCC Barry Coppinger and Halo Project Director Yasmin Khan with Halo Project staff, volunteers and survivors.
A national charity and other partner organisations attended a memorial event in Middlesbrough to mark Honour Killing Memorial Day.
Staff and victims from the Halo Project gathered together to release balloons in silence and symbolic remembrance of the women who lost their lives in the name of so called ‘honour’.
Honour Killing Memorial Day (14th July) was established to commemorate Shafilea Ahmed, the 17-year-old British Pakistani from Bradford who was killed by her parents in 2003 for rejecting a suitor. Sadly, her case is far from rare.
The Halo Project has helped over 500 North East women victims escape from situations of untenable honour violence to move on and establish new lives free from harm.
They were joined at the memorial event by key organisations who are working with Halo to help eradicate honour based violence in the area.
Director of the Halo Project, Yasmin Khan, said: "Today is a day to remember those murdered in the name of honour.
Shafilea Ahmed’s birthdate is a reminder for us all to raise the awareness of honour based abuse and recognise the women whose lives are tragically ended at the hands of those who they called their family.
“We must work together and encourage victims to come forward and take necessary action against perpetrators. Let us remember today, those who lost their lives in the name of honour, let us not forget our duty to protect”.
Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger helped to release the balloons and said: “Honour based violence is a dangerous and often hidden crime that can leave victims afraid to speak out and seek help.
“This event remembers the women who were unable to get the help they needed and it’s important we learn lessons from their tragic deaths.
“That’s why I’m working in partnership with Halo to ensure victims of honour based violence feel empowered to come forward and access specialist and confidential support networks in Cleveland and the wider region.”
Posted on Friday 14th July 2017