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About KMEWO

KMEWO is a specialist BME organisation that works with women from Kurdish, Middle Eastern and North African backgrounds.

KMEWO provides:

  • One-to-one information, advice and advocacy support
  • Bilingual counselling in Kurdish, Arabic, Farsi, Tigrinya and English
  • A wide range of confidence building, education training and volunteering opportunities for women
  • After the honour killing of Sobhia Nadir in Sulaimania, Iraqi Kurdistan, KMEWO was set up in 1999 as a self-help group to provide advocacy and support to Kurdish women fleeing civil war and gender-based violence. KMEWO’s work responds to a number of issues Middle Eastern and North African women encounter in the UK, such as:

  • Difficulty in finding employment
  • Domestic abuse and other violence against women
  • Unsuitable housing
  • Unstable immigration status
  • Cultural differences and discrimination
  • Low confidence
  • Through campaigning and policy work against domestic violence and honour killing, KMEWO has gained the recognition and support of the police, the Crown Prosecution Office and a number of funders, including the Big Lottery Fund, CPF and Nationwide Foundation.

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