The charity Karma Nirvana on average receive 22 reports every week from children and young people concerned about a forced marriage, however, despite legislation introduced in June 2014, convictions have been rare until this week when we saw two prosecutions in the space of one week.
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Forced marriages occur when one or both of the prospective spouses do not consent to the marriage but are coerced into it by their families or community, and they are illegal in the UK. Everyone has the right to make their own decision as to when and whom they want to marry.
It can be a very difficult and overwhelming if you Continue reading “I am being forced into a marriage. What can I do?”
Education is vital for any child. It provides you with the skill set needed for you to live your life as an independent and successful adult as you grow older.
In the UK, if you are under 16, you are legally required to attend school full-time until the end of the academic year when you turn 16. Continue reading “My parents don’t let me continue my education. What can I do?”
Many families, particularly within diaspora communities, implore children to behave in a way which is deemed socially and/or culturally acceptable, in order to preserve the family’s ‘honor’ (or izzat in some cultures). This concept of “honor” refers to a person’s and/or family’s righteousness in the eyes of their community. It is often utilized to ensure that people act in accordance with a certain code or set of rules. As such, if people follow what is considered socially good, they are honored; if not, they are shamed.
In order to uphold this ‘honor’, your family may prevent you from doing things they deem inappropriate, such as becoming involved with friends or a boyfriend or girlfriend from a different culture or religion, wearing certain clothes or makeup, taking part in activities that might not be considered traditional within a particular culture, or being of a certain sexuality. Continue reading “My family are controlling me? What can I do?”