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Here are the resources we found for forced marriage for young people:
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Fighting Forced Marriages and Honour Based Abuse – Jasvinder Sanghera
Jasvinder Sanghera is using her voice to speak up about forced marriages and honour based abuse. In this talk she opens up about her experience of forced marriage, the story of her sister who committed suicide following a forced marriage, and what we can do to stop this problem.
Shahina’s Story – An Account of Honour Based Abuse
During a holiday to Bangladesh when she 17-years-old, Shahina was handed an invite to her own wedding by her mother and locked in a room to prevent her leaving. She had not met the man she was being forced to marry. Thankfully, a friend help Shahina to escape but she continued to be subjected to abuse when she returned to the UK.
Forced Marriage Presentation
This video contains a presentation of forced marriage presentation in Urdu by Shaista, Chair of Muslim Women’s Network UK. It explains the reasons that are used to justify forced marriage, the consequences of forced marriage, what the law and religion says and about getting help.
Right to Choose: Spotting the Signs of Forced Marriage – Nayana’s Story
Summer holidays are the peak time for young people to be taken overseas and forced into marriage. In some cases they are taken on what they have been told is a holiday to visit family abroad, but in fact a marriage has been planned. This video shows Nayana’s story of packing to go on holiday, versus what really happens.
Because forced marriage is illegal, it can happen in secret and can also be planned by parents, family or religious leaders. It may also include physical abuse, sexual abuse, or emotional abuse.
What is Sexual Violence?
This webpage from Rape Crisis England and Wales covers what sexual violence is and what you should do if you are experiencing or have experienced sexual violence. Sexual violence is any unwanted sexual act or activity. There are many different kinds of sexual violence, including but not restricted to rape, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, sexual harassment, rape within marriage or relationships, forced marriage, honour-based violence, female genital mutilation, trafficking, sexual exploitation and ritual abuse.
Muslim Women’s Network UK
Muslim Women’s Network UK is the only national Muslim women’s organisation in Britain. They are a small national charity and work to improve the social justice and equality for Muslim women and girls. Their membership also includes women of other faiths who support our work.
Say No to Forced Marriage
Forced marriage can never be justified. This booklet covers common reasons that are given by parents and other family members to try and justify forced marriage, and why they are no justifications for forced marriage at all. It covers all the reasons from family honour, to forced marriage being a solution to homosexuality.
Forced Marriage & Honour Based Violence is against the Law
Honour based violence is a violent crime or incident which may have been committed to protect or defence the perceive honour of the family. Forced marriage is a marriage performed without one or more person’s consent. This booklet covers both of these topics and explains what to do if you find yourself in such a situation.