Posts Tagged ‘bristol’

Marriage victims forced underground

In July 2014 it became a criminal offence to forced someone into marriage, but a Bristol-based charity says the law could be forcing victims to “go underground” rather than see their family charged.

Following a Freedom of Information request to HM Courts and Tribunal Service it was revealed that there have been “fewer than five forced marriage protection orders” made in Bristol since the introduction of the new legislation.

An order can help prevent people being married against their will, stop them being taken abroad to marry and force people to hand in passports.

“The Bristol statistics are disappointing and concerning and we need to find out why,” says Sabeena Suleman, a lawyer who helps run the Sky Project.


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Bristol FGM charity wins international award

Integrate Bristol is one of just 20 organisations from around the world to receive an inaugural With and For Girls Award. The award is part of a global initiative to identify and support local organisations working with and for girls.

Integrate Bristol, based in Redfield, was recognised for its work to promote gender equality and raise awareness about the risks of female genital mutilation (FGM).

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The charity is led by teenage girls and promotes gender equality through creative projects. These projects are specifically designed to raise awareness and provide education about the risks of female genital mutilation.

Integrate Bristol has educated 2,500 young people about the risks of FGM.  The charity also delivers sessions for frontline professionals in schools, colleges and universities by producing lesson plans and videos on violence against women and girls and FGM.

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