DIDAR helps people recognise harmful traditions in their culture and prevent honour-related conflicts. DIDAR offers group activities in different languages and guidance in situations that involve a threat of honour-related violence. The services are confidential, free of charge and open to all.
DIDAR works with cultural notions of honour and the harmful traditions that can arise from them. Our goal is to prevent any honour-related conflicts.
Our services are confidential, free of charge and open to all. We are not aligned with any religious or political group. We are part of the Violence and Crisis Intervention Unit of Setlementti Tampere ry. Our operations are funded by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, with revenue from Veikkaus.
What we do
We organise discussion groups in different languages as well as dialogue workshops, activity groups, events and camps. We also offer discussion and guidance in any difficult situations that involve a threat of honour-related violence.
The following are examples of honour-related violence:
- You’re not allowed to decide how you dress.
- You’re not allowed to go outside your home freely.
- You’re not allowed to use your own money.
- You’re not allowed to choose who you date or otherwise spend time with.
- You’re being pressured to marry against your will.
- You’re being pressured to hurt yourself or your relatives.
We work together with individuals, families and communities. We can discuss things in groups, over the phone, by email or during personal meetings.
We encourage people to talk about their notions of honour, and to discuss them with their family members and other people from the same culture. We support people and help them resolve difficult situations in ways that respect everyone’s human rights.
We help people find nonviolent solutions to existing conflicts by discussing things together. We also create opportunities for different cultures to meet and opportunities for genuine dialogue between people.
For whom are the services intended?
Our operations are intended for any immigrants living in Finland whose lives may involve harmful traditions related to honour. Our services are open to all, regardless of their background or reason for immigrating to Finland.
Our employees speak Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, English, Kurdish, Persian and Dari. When necessary, we use an interpreter.
Our office is located in Tampere, but you can contact us from anywhere in Finland