The Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women’s Organisation, replaces the Kurdish Refugee Women’s Organisation, which was established in 1999. Its primary goal was to champion the cause of women from Kurdistan and the Middle East – mostly victims of domestic violence, honour killing, forced marriages, female genital mutilation and other forms of human rights abuses. However, on arrival in the UK, their problems was soon compounded by their inability to speak the English language; not being able to find paid employment; lack of accommodation and problems relating to their immigration status, controlling behaviour, cultural differences and lack of confidence,
It was in response to these problems that a few dedicated and visionary women, with determination and drive, formed the Kurdistan Refugee Women’s Organisation. Initially they started giving advice, counselling and campaign in order to create awareness within the Government and the general public about the issues facing women and girls from Kurdistan and the Middle East. In 2009 the Organisation was merged with the Middle Centre for Women’s Rights and after a name change it was registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee. In 2010 the new Company was formally granted charitable status by the Charity Commission, whereupon the original charity number was removed from the register.