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
Matt set up the Naz and Matt Foundation in memory of his soulmate and fiancé, Naz, who passed away two days after being confronted about his sexuality by his religious parents. It was the first time that they knew their son was gay, in a relationship with Matt for 13 years and that they were planning to get married.