Forced marriage may particularly effect elder sisters
I’ve so far not been using this blog to talk much about my ongoing research, but I had a finding yesterday that was so interesting I can’t resist sharing it.
In my Kurdish language survey, I asked respondents to input details of the marriage of themselves and their siblings, and one of the questions established what kind of consent to marriage was expressed, with four options: forced, fully arranged without consultation, arranged with collaboration, and freely chosen. For the purposes of the graph, I’ve combined forced and fully arranged as ‘low consent’ forms. Read more
Women Seeking Sanctuary Advocacy Group Wales receiving the Emma Humphreys Award.
I have spent the last few weeks working on a report which looks into the problems that asylum-seeking, refugee and migrant women encounter when they are experiencing violence. All women in violent relationships face barriers to exit: they may be financially dependent, they may be psychologically beaten down by continued abuse, they may be worried about the reaction when they leave. But for a minoritised non-citizen, there are many more barriers, and many of these relate to their legal status, and the Kafkaesqu bureaucracies erected around these. Read more
Feminist poster from the 1970s
Yesterday, Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed were sentenced to life for the murder of their daughter Shafilea after a trial lasting four months. They considered Shafilea too ‘westernised’, particularly when she refused to marry a husband of their choosing. Shafilea was murdered in September 2003, meaning that it has taken almost nine years to achieve justice in this case. Cheshire police are certainly to be commended for their long-term commitment to the investigation particularly given the complexities of investigating HBV, although it remains concerning that Shafilea exhibited several warning signs indicating her risk, none of which were identified at the time. There are lessons here to be learned, as Sara Khan argues in the Guardian, about the continued lack of awareness of the risks of family violence against young people, and young women in particular, at the hands of their parents and other relatives. Read more
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