Honour-Based Violence (HBV) National Roadshow 2018: Launch Event

Wed 30th May 2018

12:00 – 16:00 BST


Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

Lecture Theatre G.34

All Saints Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, England M15 6BH

This event is led by researchers from the Sylvia Pankhurst Research Gender and Diversity Research Centre and you are able to register for the event here.

Join us for this event to launch the 2018 HBV roadshow, with a range of academics, policymakers and local communities sharing their experiences and work around HBV and forced marriages in the region and across the UK.

Specifically drawing upon research and the expertise of researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University and its collaborative partners, guest speakers will highlight current problems and issues faced in supporting both female and male victims of honour-based violence (HBV) and forced marriages.

Aimed at an interdisciplinary audience (e.g. academics, policy makers and practitioners from health, education, social welfare) and anyone currently working in the field.


Ally Fogg (host)

Ally is a writer, journalist and campaigner who has written extensively on male-specific gender issues for outlets including The GuardianThe Independent and the New Statesman.

He is a founder member of the Men and Boys Coalition, the national umbrella organisation for charities, academics and activists in the men’s sector, and is a member of the national organising committee for International Men’s Day in the UK.

Maz Idriss – Manchester Law School

Maz’s research focuses on: male victimisation, abuse and the challenges currently facing state agencies, including the ‘social construction’ of male victims and issues involving masculinity that can prevent men from coming forward to access support.

Attendees will also have the benefit of listening first-hand to the experiences of Harmeet Singh, a male survivor of domestic abuse, HBV and caste discrimination, and the challenges he continues to face when attempting to access support.

Rani Bilkhu – CEO, Jeena Charity

Rani has used a unique and innovative approach when challenging social issues of domestic violence, human rights, gender equality, female genital mutilation, forced marriages, child sexual exploitation, sexuality and disability within BAMER communities, raising awareness on a local, national and international level for over 20 years.

She has tirelessly campaigned within Parliament and raised awareness of sex selection abortions, obtaining votes in the House of Commons. Rani regularly contributes to the government’s Forced Marriage Unit, and Violence Against Women and Girls. Launching grassroot initiatives such as the ‘Ugly Side of Beauty’ and ‘Safe ToolKit’ and Jeena SuitCases has also helped and supported the vulnerable.

Jennifer Calverley – CEO, The Elm Foundation

Jennifer heads up The Elm Foundation, which is a specialist and experienced provider of domestic abuse services. The charity was established in 1985 when it opened its first refuge. Jennifer will be talking about why they started working with male victims and why there is an increased need for male victim services. She will also explore the barriers to male victims in accessing services.


The Roadshow is designed to raise public awareness through bringing together community groups and other organisations who have either experienced honour based violence (HBV) and forced marriages or are working within the field in order to help shape future research and policy agendas. These workshops will provide an opportunity for participants to, not only access new and emerging research, but to crucially add their own voices to the final outcomes and policy recommendations.

This event will be followed by a series of roadshow workshops (June-July, details TBC) across the UK with a diverse range of audiences and guest speakers.

Please register your place here!

The roadshow will conclude with a policy event in Westminster in October 2018.

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