The Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women’s Organisation (KMEWO) is a specialist BME women’s organisation that works with women from Kurdish, Middle Eastern and North African backgrounds to offer advocacy, advice, counselling and educational courses.
KMEWO (then known as the Kurdish Refugee Women’s Organisation) was established in 1999 as a self-help group to provide to help and support to Kurdish women fleeing civil war and gender-based violence including domestic violence and honour killings. The group was set up by a group of Kurdish women who held a public meeting to raise awareness about honour killing in response to the killing of British citizen Sobhia Nadir in Sulaimania (Kurdistan).
Issues women encounter:
- Not being able to find paid employment
- Lack of adequate accommodation
- Unstable immigration status
- Controlling or abusive behaviour from partners and family members
- Cultural differences
- Lack of confidence
Through its campaigning and policy work relating to 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.
KMEWO is primarily a London-wide organisation but occasionally receives inquiries from around the UK, Europe and Kurdistan.