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.
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.
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.”
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.”
I’ve given great thought as to how I might introduce myself to you. What would be most appropriate I asked myself – what should I be saying? A great woman once encouraged me to always start as you mean to go on, and with that in mind, today I open a window into my life.
I will write openly and honestly about the issues Continue reading “Fozia, Survivor Ambassador Programme.”