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“Her marriage was characterized by severe abuse. Even after the divorce the ex-husband of Kezban Vural (a young Turkish woman of 29) continued to harass, stalk and threaten her. Kezban frequently reported the abuse to the police, but they did nothing about it. On June 22, 1999, Kezban was shot to death by her ex-husband in Zwijndrecht in front of her children (7 and 9).”

Knowledge & approach honor related violence, sexuality and forced marriage

““Never again. What happened to Kezban should never happen again,” her friends and other women involved in the issue of domestic violence said. And so they set up the Kezban Foundation in early 2001. The aim of our foundation is to openly discuss and tackle harmful traditional practices surrounding forced marriage, honor related violence and spousal abandonment.

For this purpose we develop suitable materials and methodologies to raise awareness among the migrant community. Our methods are publicly available and we gladly share them with partner organizations, governments and policymakers, both nationally and internationally.

What we do


Using the effectively proven Dialogue Method to talk about taboo issues.

Info & Workshops

Education, workshops and advice on developing effective approaches to dealing with honor related violence, forced marriage, and spousal abandonment.


Methods, toolkits and publications on honor related violence, forced marriage and spousal abandonment.

Collaboration, information and contact

Is your organization working on issues such as honor related violence, domestic violence, sexuality, sexual diversity, or forced marriage? Are you interested in collaborating, exchanging knowledge or setting up a project together with the Kezban Foundation? Please contact us by filling out the contact form or send an email to

Do you have a specific question about one of the above-mentioned issues? The Kezban Foundation can provide you with the necessary information or referrals to the organizations and people within our network that can assist you. Fill out the contact form or send an email to

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“The Hotline for Honor Related Violence Amsterdam (MEG) is part of the ‘Blijf Groep’; the MEG has a successful collaboration with the Kezban Foundation in the field of Domestic and Honor related Violence, has organized workshops together with the foundation and short lines of communication when it comes to giving/receiving advice.”

Cecilia Pérez, former coördinator Honor Related Violence Amsterdam,‘Blijf Groepp