Breast flattening, also called breast ironing, involves the damaging of the breasts of girls approaching or going through puberty over a period of time, to make them disappear or delay their development.
It is not a part of any culture, but instead a harmful practice and a violation of human rights.
Click the link or image below to download our factsheet to learn key facts, the law, indicators, and how to identify risks and how to respond to cases, suspected cases and disclosures of breast ironing / flattening
Our press and media guidelines for reporting on HBA and harmful practices and interviewing survivors were created collaboratively by HBA/harmful practice survivors and the frontline professionals working with them.
The guidelines were the outcome of Savera Uk’s Setting the Story Straight project, funded by Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales.
The project examined how HBA and harmful practices, its survivors and affected communities were represented in the media and aimed to provide survivor informed, practical guidance for any journalists, broadcasters and content creators reporting on the topic of HBA and harmful practices.
Savera UK Youth is dedicated to helping teachers feel comfortable and capable in educating young people about ‘honour’-based abuse and harmful practices. That’s why its members created the Savera UK Youth Education Pack, which guides teachers and educators in delivering a session on ‘honour’-based abuse and harmful practices. The pack includes activities, factsheets and helpful tips for guiding the discussion.
You can register for Savera UK Youth’s Education Pack here
Savera UK also delivers training in professional and education settings at a cost. If this is something you would be interested in, please email email@example.com for more information.
Each year, Savera UK and Zonta Club London (a member of Zonta International) join forces to raise awareness of gender-based violence/abuse in the UK and around the world, as part of the global Orange the World campaign.
Its Orange the World Toolkit, which can be downloaded below, is a vital resource for individuals and oragnisations looking for practical ways to speak out against gender-based violence/abuse, rape and harassment, as well as more hidden harmful practices like ‘honour’-based abuse, female genital mutilation and forced marriage.
The Orange the World campaign aligns with the UN’s annual 16 day of activism against gender-based violence, which runs from 25th November to 10th December each year. Our toolkit is packed with themes, activities and ideas for the 16 days of activism, which will inspire you to get involved with the fight against gender-based violence.
Join the campaign and download the toolkit by clicking the link or image below.
When sharing your activities on social media, don’t forget to tag @SaveraUK and @ZontaLondon and use the hashtags #16Days #OrangeTheWorld and #NoExcuseForAbuse.
Interviews, inspiration and everyday advice to help you ‘Choose to Challenge’. Created for International Women’s Day 2021, this Savera UK publication explores the idea of activism and highlights ways we can all ‘Choose to Challenge’ abuse, violence and gender inequality.
When most people think of the word “activism”, they think of street marches and large protests with placards. Although these are valuable ways of making a statement, everyday activism is just as effective in challenging an unequal world. It is everyone’s responsibility to stand up for equality and help change the world.
There are many ways that you can #ChooseToChallenge – click the link or image below to download our magazine to explore them.
Savera UK clients share their stories of life after ‘honour’-based abuse (HBA) and harmful practices. Hear from suriviors Raina, Tinu and Ana and learn about Savera UK’s work helping those at risk of HBA and harmful practices.
If you need help or are affected by the issues discussed in these videos, you can contact the Savera UK helpline Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm (excluding bank holidays) on 0800 107 0726 or visit our website here
The ‘One Chance Rule’ is the understanding that you may only have one chance to save the life of a person who is at risk or under threat of ‘Honour’-Based Abuse (HBA) and harmful practices. They may only have one chance to make a disclosure, meaning you only have one chance to save and protect a life.
The Savera UK One Chance Rule leaflet highlights our responsibilities and obligations to those at risk, providing a clear checklist, advice and guidance on what to do and what not to do, if a disclosure of HBA or harmful practices is made to you, or if you are concerned that someone might be at risk or under tjhreat of HBA or harmful practices. Click the link or image below to download.
Virginity testing and hymenoplasty are illegal procedures and forms of harmful practice. They are carried out with the intention of ‘checking’ or ‘preserving’ a woman or girl’s virginity.
Virginity is a term used to describe the state of never having had sexual intercourse. In some cultures virginity is linked to a woman or girl’s worth and can equate to the ‘purity’ of a woman or girl. It is wrongfully believed a girl or woman may bring ‘shame’ or ‘dishonour’ onto a family or community if she is not perceived to be a virgin when she marries.
Click the link or image below to download our factsheet to learn key facts, the consequences, the law around the procedures, indicators, how to identify risks and how to respond to cases, suspected cases and disclosures of virginity testing and hymenoplasty.