Thursday 5th July 2018 saw the launch of the much needed HARM – The Honour Abuse Research Matrix Network at the University of Central Lancashire.
HARM is an innovative, multi-disciplinary global network. A live matrix that will allow members to easily share ideas, form collaborative partnerships, discuss topics, disseminate literature or news, influence policy and develop new strategies in the fight against honour-based abuse, violence, killings and forced marriage.
I delivered a thought provoking lecture entitled “Religious homophobia: There is no excuse”, arguing that if the purpose of religion is to help make us better human beings; to help us be more loving; and to help us become a stronger, more understanding society… then there is no place for homophobia in religion. It represents the very opposite of what religion is for.
On the day it was announced that I will be joining the HARM network as one of their founding Ambassadors. I look forward to working with many of the members of the network to share knowledge and techniques for tackling so called honour abuse.
Featured speakers included
- Nazir Afzal, OBE – Keynote address
- Dr. Rachael L. Aplin
– Policing HBA: domestic abuse, child protection or a ‘culturally’ complex crime?
- Faeeza Vaid, Muslim Women’s Network UK
– Using faith & culturally sensitive approaches to challenge harmful practices
- Matt Mahmood-Ogston
– Religious homophobia: There is no excuse
Free research from HARM:
- ‘Honour’ abuse: the experience of South Asians who identify as LGBT in North West England
Khan, R., Hall, B. & Lowe, M. (2017, December).
Summary report prepared for Lancashire Constabulary, HARM: Honour Abuse Research Matrix, UCLan, UK.
Follow HARM’s updates
- Twitter: @HARMnetwork