Posts Tagged ‘Muslim’

Forest Gate students organise forced marriage campaign

Everyone should have a choice in who they marry. That was the message at Azhar Academy Girls School, who arranged a forced marriage campaign to raise awareness of the issue.

Guest speakers at the school in Romford Road, Forest Gate, included representatives from the government’s Forced Marriage Unit and the Sharan project, which helps vulnerable women from south Asian communities.

Also speaking at the event was Cmdr Mak Chishty, the highest-ranking Muslim police officer in the UK.

Part of the afternoon saw girls and guests alike write statements on why they are against forced marriage, which were then put on display in the school.

Organisers Sabah Athar, 14, Arooj Khan, 14 and Maryam Rashid, 15

Organisers Sabah Athar, 14, Arooj Khan, 14 and Maryam Rashid, 15

They also learnt about the signs of forced marriage and where to go for support should they or a friend find themselves at risk.

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Is Rise In Extremism Linked To Violence Against Women?

Preserving the “honor” of families in some Muslim societies is not considered very honorable by many people who turned away from that culture. In fact, in the documentary called “Honor Diaries,” one woman calls it “systematic, institutionalized misogyny.”

There are known cases of families beating and threatening a teenage daughter for talking to a boy. In another case a girl was killed for refusing an arranged marriage.

These incidents happened in the U.S.

Two women spoke on Midday Edition Wednesday who are taking part in the 2014 Women PeaceMaker’s Conference at the Joan Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego this week.


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The amazing story of one 23 yr old’s escape from forced marriage

When Katrina Ffiske travelled to Nepal, she met a woman whose strength astounded her – and asked her to share her story



I’m in Kathmandu as part of an eight-week trip volunteering at an orphanage, wandering the tourist streets and absorbing the sights – endless small shops selling everything from pig heads to pashminas – when, to escape the dust, I dodge into a local shop called Women’s Local Handicrafts.

Its shelves are filled with handmade purses, rucksacks and wallets, and in the corner a young woman sits behind a sewing machine. In good English, she introduces herself to me as Nasreen Sheikh, a 23-year-old Sunni Muslim.

After admiring her work (I want one of everything) we start chatting. Nasreen tells me how she runs the business herself – but is terrified that any day now, she’ll be forced into an arranged marriage. I’m shocked, but don’t know much about arranged marriage, so I return the next day to find out a bit more.

We sit together at the back of the shop, surrounded by scarves and bags, drinking spicy, sweet Nepalese tea. Nasreen begins to tell me her story. She comes from a small village in India, and left there aged 14. But soon, she says, she will have to return.

Her mother has arranged for her to marry a local boy – and there’s panic in her voice: “There, women are seen and not heard,” she says. “They don’t even know what the internet is, and people don’t view education as important. Girls are like a commodity. I wish I’d been born a boy.”

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