Sweden Funds Fight Against Honour Crimes

The Swedish government is backing up its’ efforts to combat so called ”honour crimes” by setting aside 32 million kronor to fund local efforts around the country.

Integration and Gender Equality Minister Nyamko Sabuni said the money, equivalent to around 4.9 million US dollars, will allow victims to have easy access to protection and support.

”The government prioritises work to fight honour-related violence and oppression. Many youths, mainly girls, who are the victims of honour oppression are living in very difficult conditions, sometimes risking their lives.The victims must have easy access to protection and support.”

Swedish police are currently investigating whether a 16-year-old girl who died after falling from a fourth-floor balcony last week was the victim of an honour killing. Her stepfather and borther have reportedly been charged with her murder.

Honour-related violence , most common in some muslim parts of the Middle-East and Asia is sometimes seen by male relatives as a way to avenge their honour if a woman is supected of being unchaste and of having brought shame on her family.