Archive: Pakistan

Philip Wood: "The idea of izzat means that women who stand outside the enforcement mechanism of the community, primarily white women, are implicitly without honour, and therefore without value."

Comment: Our worst grooming cases are rooted in the culture of rural Pakistan

The enduring rural custom of 'izzat' which underpins many British Pakistani communities is responsible for forced marriage and honour killings. And it is to blame for our worst grooming cases, too.

Opinion Former Articles

  • ESRC: Ending Refugees’ exile

    We all tend to assume that refugees want to go home. But often refugees cannot just return to their home country when conflict ends. Many have spent decades in exile; many second and third-generation refugees have never seen the place which they are now expected to call home. Research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) shows that for many refugees a quick return isn’t the right answer.

  • ESRC: Family first – caring within UK Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities

    Over the next 20 years the proportion of older people living within the Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities in the UK will increase significantly. Most expect that their immediate family, particularly female family members, will provide the majority of care for them in their old age, according to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

  • Pakistani humanist campaigner arrested in Pakistan on return from Humanists UK’s Conservative Party Conference

    Pakistani human rights campaigner Gulalai Ismail was arrested at Islamabad Airport today on her return from the UK. Humanists UK has joined other humanist organisations from across the world in calling for her immediate release.

  • Humanists UK issues urgent call to drop charges against Pakistani human rights activist Gulalai Ismail

    Humanists UK has joined other humanist groups around the world in calling for domestic and international support in urging Pakistani authorities to drop charges against human rights activist and Humanists International board member Gulalai Ismail who has been charged with ‘sedition’ under terrorism laws in Pakistan.

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