Event details




24 November 2020

10:00 GMT

1hr 30mins

In the lead up to 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, join us virtually for a conversation on ‘honour'-based abuse on 24th November, 10-11:30am.

We will be discussing in depth the complexities of HBA including FGM, Child Marriage and Forced marriage with practical guidance, we will hear from experts who work with victims and raise awareness of these issues. 

In addition we will be looking at the specific issues and barriers victims face in accessing help, and how professionals can best support them.

We’ll hear first hand from survivors who have experienced this abuse and how they are using their voice to make a change.

Following the discussion, there will be an opportunity for Q&A with the panel allowing the audience to participate as well as via social media Ising the hashtag #EndHBAIKWRO




Maryam Pasha

Director and Curator

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@ThisIsPasha | Maryam is the Director and Curator of TEDxLondon and TEDxLondonWomen and has been coaching TEDx and TED speakers for ten years. The talks she has published have been distributed by TED to over ten million viewers. Maryam believes that the world is full of fascinating ideas, knowledge and theories, but they are too often complex, abstract or hidden away. Her mission is to bring life to ideas, give speakers the tools and confidence to present them brilliantly, and to create platforms that let the world hear them. In 2015 she founded X Equals to support individuals and teams bring life to their ideas through events design, curation, storytelling and pitch coaching. Maryam has 10 years of experience in human rights and charity sector and a background in psychology. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford where she focuses on impact storytelling.


Allen Davis

Allen Davis

@Alldavis75 | Inspector – Honour, Belief and Sex (crime and vulnerability) Partnership Team | Continuous Policing Improvement Command | Metropolitan Police Service

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Inspector Allen Davis joined the MPS in 1996 and leads Project Azure, the MPS strategic response to FGM. He works closely with the National Police Chief Council lead for Honour Based Abuse and is the national lead for Operation Limelight, a high profile multi-agency safeguarding operation focusing on Harmful Practices at the UK border.

Allen developed the ‘Proclamation of Interagency Support for Female Genital Mutilation Investigations between U.K and U.S. Law Enforcement’. The NPCC, MPS, UKBF, CPS, BTP, as well as the FBI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security Investigations signed this at the US Embassy in London on 30 August 2018. The aim is for U.S. and U.K. law enforcement to share intelligence to enhance our knowledge of, and response to FGM and publicly state their intentional coordination in order to better identify perpetrators of FGM.

Allen leads Project Violet, the MPS strategic response to Child Abuse to Faith or Belief (CALFB) and is Deputy Chair of the National Working Group on CALFB. This strategic, multi-agency forum coordinates the national response to witchcraft / spirit possession allegations against children and is supported by the Department of Education.

Allen is also the author of ‘Guidance for Schools and Colleges: Safeguarding young people from Sexual Violence, CSE and Harmful Practices’. This comprehensive national guidance has been designed to support Designated Safeguarding Leads in Schools and Colleges and is available here.

Ann Marie Christian

Ann Marie Christian

@Annmariechild | International Safeguarding Consultant, Trainer, Author & Speaker

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Ann Marie is safeguarding practitioner and has been a qualified social worker since 1996. She has worked for various local authorities on the front line, in management, Local Safeguarding Children Board Trainer, LADO, Safeguarding advisor to schools, school improvement advisor, Designated Safeguarding Lead trainer and Designated Safeguarding Lead coordinator. She held half termly meetings with the DSL’s and shared updates, local themes and support at these meetings. She is well known amongst her peers and is very passionate about keeping children safe and sharing her knowledge about child abuse and violence against women. Ann Marie has specialised in safeguarding from 1992 and specialised within education and childcare settings since being a school- based social worker in 1999. She went on to manage social workers in schools for a Local Authority.

In 2003 she managed a Child Protection Team for a Local Authority and supported 75 local schools with child protection advice, training and consultancy. In 2010, she became an independent social worker and provides associate consultancy and training to various organisations including NSPCC, Local Authorities, , ISI Consultancy, Early Years Teams, Youth Justice Teams, Boarding School Association, The Key for Leaders, Optimus Education, Council of International Schools, AEGIS, IAPS, Insurance companies, Charities, Faith organisations, Premier League, Multi Academy Trusts and more. She writes articles and contributes regularly to Head Teachers Update, SEN Magazine and Nursery World. Ann Marie frequently delivers workshops and keynotes at National & International conferences. She raises the awareness of child abuse and promotes child protection internationally and over the last few years delivers training and keynotes in Dubai, Singapore, Jamaica, Japan and Armenia.

She was’ Highly Commended’ and received an award at the Win Trade Awards 2019 for ‘Woman in the Public Sector’ and nominated in 2018 & 2019 in the NSPCC Child Protection Trainer of the Year.

Diana Nammi

Diana Nammi

@DianaNammi | Executive Director, IKWRO

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Diana Nammi has dedicated her life to campaigning for universal human rights. She spent 12 years as a Kurdish freedom fighter and this year published ‘Girl With A Gun’ a book about her early life. In 2002 she founded IKWRO - Women’s Rights Organisation safeguarding and advocating for women and girls from Middle Eastern and North African communities affected by so called “honour” based abuse, forced marriage, child marriage, FGM and domestic violence.

As Executive Director, successes include the ‘Justice for Banaz’ campaign, resulting in the extradition of two of the perpetrators of the “honour” killing, the criminalisation of forced marriage and first national review of policing of HBA. Also campaigning to criminalise forced marriage in the UK and now campaigning to End Child Mariage.

Diana’s work has received national and international recognition and since she had appeared in almost all main media worldwide and provided presentations nationally and internationally. IKWRO won the ‘Rising Star award’ by the Lilith Project (Eaves Housing) for theBest New Voluntary Sector Organisation in 2006. Diana Nammi’s unremitting work was also recognized by Eve magazine who awarded her “the Eve Heroines honour” in December 2007.  In 2012 Diana Nammi has been named on a list of 150 women who shake the world  by Newsweek and The Daily Beast in “Women in the World Summit” - to honour women activists and the growing network of powerful women who support their efforts. In 2014 she received the Special Jury Women on the Move Award from UNHCR, The Forum and Migrants Rights Network. She was also honoured with Barclay’s Woman of the Year Award and recognised by BBC's 100 Women. In 2015 she won the Women of Courage Award from the Women's Refugee Commission in New York and the XX1 Premis Ones Mediterrania Award in Spain. Diana has recently been bestowed an honorary degree from the Department of Law from Essex University and also from the University of Saint Andrews in 2019. In 2020 she was named one of the 12 Women Who Shaped Our World by AllBRIGHT.

Payzee Mahmod

Payzee Mahmod

@payzeemalika | Child marriage survivor and activist

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Payzee is a Kurdish immigrant, raised in London, she is a survivor of FGM and child marriage, who lost her sister Banaz in a tragic “honour” killing. Payzee uses her voice to speak out and has made it her mission to be a change maker, helping to tackle these harmful practices.

Payzee focuses to prevent “honour” based abuse and child marriage through campaigning with IKWRO, she has reached international audiences. She has spoken widely on the need for changes to the laws surrounding child marriage and “honour” based abuse in her TEDX talk, across radio, television and newspapers, including The Sunday Times and the BBC. Through speeches at Parliament and meeting with government officials and the Home Office Minister to explain first-hand why change is needed, Payzee campaigns for better education, training and legislation to finally make child marriage a crime.


Dr Savin Bapir-Tardy (FHEA, CPsychol, DPsych)

Chartered Counselling Psychologist & HCPC registered

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Savin is a chartered Counselling Psychologist and registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the UK. She studied Psychology at Roehampton University and conducted her doctoral research into the experiences of traumatic events at City University. Savin worked with IKWRO for over 7-years within the counselling team with women who have experienced domestic violence, 'Honour' Based Violence, Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Savin has currently set up her clinical practice, Mindsight Centre where she continues to work with clients who present with a variety of mental health issues.

Savin is also is a lecturer in psychology at the University of West London, and also works as a guest lecturer at other universities in her expert field. Savin is a research supervisor, overseeing Ph.D. students who are completing their doctoral research in the field of trauma and mental health. Savin is also engaged in research in the area of mental health and Gender-Based Violence.


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