Saturday 14 July marked the National Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Honour Based Violence, a day established to commemorate the birthday of Bradford-born Shafilea Ahmed, murdered by her parents in a so-called honour killing in 2003. It took nine years to bring her killers to justice. And today marks the second anniversary of the brutal rape and murder of my constituent Samia Shahid. Another senseless death, another "honour killing" and another woman denied justice.
I am also proud to have joined many others as an ambassador for Islamic Relief UK's Honour Her campaign – the first of its kind from a major Muslim NGO. The campaign strives to draw attention to the staggering levels of violence experienced by women and girls in the UK and around the world. It strives to stimulate debate, raise awareness, and root out traditional practices such as early and forced marriage and FGM, and all other forms of violence against women and girls, including "honour-based" crimes.