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Islamic Relief Canada launches report on honour-based violence among Canadian Muslims

Islamic Relief Canada has published a report titled Dishonourable Violence: Changing the Narratives on Honour and Shame Among Muslim Canadian Communities.

This report results from a year-long study researching and analyzing gender-based violence (GBV) within Canadian Muslim communities. Specifically, it looks at how the concepts of honour and shame, depending on how they are understood and acted upon, can contribute both to perpetuating gender-based violence or potentially bringing it to an end.

Importantly, the report also discredits, using scriptural evidence and Islamic tradition, the false notion that some Islamic texts supposedly allow for wife-beating and other forms of GBV.

The report draws upon existing research as well as extensive interviews to describe services available to Canadian Muslim women, while providing recommendations to policymakers, service providers and religious leaders on their role in changing perceptions and practices.

As the largest Muslim organization in Canada, Islamic Relief Canada is calling for organizations, faith leaders and experts to come together to do more to change the narratives on honour and shame in communities across Canada.

Islamic Relief Canada takes an unequivocal stance against GBV in all its forms and is committed to contributing towards GBV’s eradication, both in Canada and internationally.

An online version of the report can be found here.

Islamic Relief Canada is a registered charity in Canada and a prominent Muslim NGO which works in more than 30 countries and with people of all backgrounds to provide humanitarian relief and build resilient and prosperous communities.

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