The SURGIR Foundation
Established in 2001 in Lausanne, the SURGIR Foundation* has de-voted itself relentlessly to combat customary violence suffered by women throughout the world.SURGIR has been active in the Middle East and Central Asia, operating through programmes established on the ground abroad (prevention and training) and support networks (assistance provided to women in danger).The foundation’s work includes combating several forms of violence, in particular:- Forced marriages (ﬁrst study on their prevalence in Switzerland done in 2006).- Women burnt alive in India (dowry killings).- Honour crimes throughout the world.
also referred to as
crimes committed in the name of honour
so-called honour crimes,
represent the most extreme forms of honour-related violence. The SURGIR Foundation denounces these crimes and is mobilised to:
so as to bring an end to social acceptance of honour crimes in the communities concerned.
by conducting public-awareness and violence prevention campaigns and providing on the spot assistance in Jordan, Palestine, Israel, India and Switzerland.
rescue operations for women under death threats in their own countries to bring them to Europe when direct assistance is not possible at the local level.
the women who are given refuge in Switzerland and in Europe as a whole, until they become independent.
the authorities in Switzerland and in Europe generally, to this phenomenon which is on the rise in Europe.
* Foundation subject to Swiss law with special consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York, Geneva and Vienna, since 2005. Active in the UN, the foundation has been a member of the UN Conference of NGOs (CoNGO) since 2008. The chairperson and founder, Jacqueline Thi-bault, was knighted in the French Government’s National Order of the Legion of Honour in December 2010.