Fozia, Survivor of Forced Marriage reflects on the Day of Memory conference.

I was delighted to attend the annual Day of Memory this month, remembering those lost to so-called ‘honour killings’. Of course it was Shafilea Ahmed who inspired the event, murdered 14 years ago by her own parents for becoming ‘too westernised’ in the UK.

A day to raise national awareness. Here it goes…

As I made my way from the train station, I Continue reading “Fozia, Survivor of Forced Marriage reflects on the Day of Memory conference.”

Asma, Survivor of Honour Based Abuse reflects on Karma Nirvana’s Day of Memory conference.

Karma Nirvana held its third Day of Memory  to remember those who have been killed in the name of so called ‘honour’.  The event took place in Leeds at the magnificent Civic Hall.

Travelling up from London for this event was an honour for me, an honour in its truest sense.  Not the misguided notion of honour that meant females, males and also non-binary people were  murdered by so called family members who were supposed to love and cherish them.

There were events to commemorate the Day of Memory all over the UK, I imagined all the gatherings and how they could be, some with flowers, Continue reading “Asma, Survivor of Honour Based Abuse reflects on Karma Nirvana’s Day of Memory conference.”

Zee, Survivor of Forced Marriage reflects on Karma Nirvana’s Day of Memory Conference.

Waking up to the third annual Day of Memory, I was very excited that this year it was being held in West Yorkshire – my home county. Feeling very proud that the authorities I grew up with who didn’t know about forced marriage and honour based abuse, were now united with Karma Nirvana in a mission to end it. Continue reading “Zee, Survivor of Forced Marriage reflects on Karma Nirvana’s Day of Memory Conference.”

Safia

Safia aged 20 explained her situation to us which was that she was being forced to marry and the pressure was mostly prevalent from her mother who was Continue reading “Safia”

Raheel

Raheel was a British Pakistani female who had been divorced once previously due to being in an abusive marriage. Her family then forced her to marry a cousin in Pakistan Continue reading “Raheel”

Sunil

Sunil was brought to our attention by his partner who called stating she was concerned about him. His family were described as controlling and had practically disowned him Continue reading “Sunil”

Leah

Leah is a British female who had been married to an Indian man, when she met him he had only been in the UK a few months, working. The relationship started when they Continue reading “Leah”

Amar

Amar called for support explaining that he was gay and his family were not accepting of his sexuality. They were pressuring him to marry and had made him have exorcisms Continue reading “Amar”

Aisha

When 22 year old Aisha called on a Saturday afternoon she was crying. She had fled from her home because her family were trying to force her into a marriage in Pakistan Continue reading “Aisha”