The "Men Against Honour Related Violence" network was formed in June 2020 as an independent campaign with the collective efforts of Iranian and Afghan activists and researchers. The campaign was organized with a feminist approach in response to the honour killings following the assassination of Romina Ashrafi, which provoked widespread public and media reaction.
The main focus of the campaign is to urge men to take active action against honour violence, and therefore invites people who have defined their gender identity to be male, by challenging the culture of "honour worship"(nāmūs-parasti) by publicly criticize and condemning the "honour"(nāmūs) taboo.
The Men Against Honour Related Violence Network has no affiliation with governments, parties, institutions, and power-based organizations and operates voluntarily and collaboratively.
The basic purpose of this network is to help raise awareness, promote self- organization, establish independent networks of men and action groups to combat honour violence and prevent the reproduction of a culture of honour (nāmūs) in society. Men's participation and responsibility to change patterns of masculinity/male dominance helps us achieve gender equality and justice; A responsibility that has always been borne by women throughout history.
Method and approach
The Men Against Honour Related Violence Network sees self-organization, civic and alternative activism, and independence from the authorities as one of the most effective means of bottom-up change against the entrenched male dominated /patriarchal system. In this regard, it is important to examine the entanglement of
inequality and oppression based on class, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, and physical / mental body function.
The Men Against Honour Related Violence Network seeks to help educate, shape, and operate voluntary men and women networks through the use of feminist and academic experiences and texts, as well as with the help of reputable global feminist organizations and groups. Holding seminars, webinars, workshops, speech
lessons and … are among these collaborations.
The Men's Movement for Feminism has been active for decades in various countries, along with the women's movement, in the areas of gender equality, women's rights, queer and children, ending violence against women, and changing traditional patterns of "masculinity." The Men Against Honour Related Violence
Network seeks to provide a platform for men in southern societies such as Iran and Afghanistan to organize a pro-feminist movement against honour violence for the first time.