CONFERENCE ON FORCED MARRIAGE AT THE HOUSE OF LORDS 2016 

Date:  20 April 2016

Time: 17:30 Hours (guests should arrive at the House of Lords by 5pm in order to allow for security checks)

Venue: Committee Room 4, The House of Lords, Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square, London SW1A 0PW (Map)

Speakers: 

– Miss Naz Shah MP

– Miss Lynne Townley (LLB Hons, LLM, Barrister-at-law)

– Professor Aisha K. Gill

– DC Nickki Hubbard MBE

– Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) (to be confirmed)

– Survivor Rashid Begum

– Victim / Survivor / other speakers opinion and Q&A

Host: Lord Nazir Ahmed 

RSVPPlaces are strictly limited. Please request your ticket/pass from Event Brite (www.syrconference.eventbrite.co.uk).

For more information or if you are SYR volunteer, media personnel, unemployed, senior citizen or student and wish to request a free pass please RSVP on our webstite (Events RSVP) with your full name, contact number and address or send us an email to admin@saveyourrights.org by 10 April 2016 (extended from 6 April).

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CONFERENCE ON FORCED MARRIAGE AT THE HOUSE OF LORDS

SYR Press Release

(16 March 2015)

 

Save Your Rights (‘SYR’), a registered charity campaigning against forced marriage and other human rights abuses, is organising a major conference on forced marriage at the House of Lords.

The conference, kindly hosted by Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, will be held on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 in committee room 4 of the House of Lords from 5.30 – 8 pm (guests should arrive at the House of Lords by 5pm in order to allow for security checks).

The conference follows on from a conference organised by SYR prior to the criminalisation of forced marriage in 2014.  A report commissioned by SYR from Themis Think Tank on the effectiveness of a specific offence of forced marriage in the United Kingdom was launched at that conference.  At the time SYR and Themis were concerned that a specific statutory offence and the accompanying government publicity campaign would force victims underground and discourage them from reporting their issues – particularly if they thought this would lead to the arrest and possible conviction of their relatives.  We felt that the civil and family courts were best placed to deal with most of the issues surrounding forced marriage – rather than the unforgiving criminal courts where the of burden of proof was high and many victims were at risk of being left feeling disappointed or, at worst, re-victimised.  We were also concerned that the government had based its decision to criminalise, at least in part, on a number of studies which were demonstrably fatally flawed – both in methodology and reasoning.  We predicted that the statute would be a toothless one which was rarely used.

Two years on SYR has invited a panel of experts and distinguished speakers to discuss the criminalisation of forced marriage.  Has it been successful or has it been nothing more than a cynical ploy by the government to show that they have ‘done something’ to empower victims when in fact the opposite is true?

We are honoured to welcome Naz Shah MP who has courageously spoken out about her personal experiences of forced marriage, Professor Aisha K. Gill, an academic expert on forced marriage, and a distinguished panel of other speakers and survivors of forced marriage for what promises to be a highly insightful and emotive discussion about this important issue.

 

Places are strictly limited.  Please RSVP here or for more information or to book a place please email:

admin@saveyourrights.org

Visit us on www.saveyourrights.org of join us on Facebook and Twit us @CharitySYR

 

Notes to the editors:

Save Your Rights (SYR) is a registered human rights charity (No – 1130378). SYR is a campaign committed to ending forced marriages, working in the UK and many other countries.

This news realise is published on 16 March 2016 and on behalf of SYR secretary Miss. Lynne Townley (LLB Hons, LLM, Barrister-at-law). For further information about this project, please write to us for the attention of project director to admin@saveyourrights.org.

 

Anyone interested in supporting this multi-faith, multi-cultural campaigning organisation to end forced marriages contact:

Save Your Rights (SYR)

Email: info@saveyourrights.org

Call/Text: +44 (0) 7988 841 228

www.saveyourrights.org

(For help and advice help@saveyourrights.org)

 

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“Equal Space, Access and Facilities for Women”

This new SYR campaign intends to address this widely accepted inequality and end the discrimination against women and the disabled which is acted out by religious institutions or society in general.

Any prayer house, social or community centre should have equal space, access and facilities for women and disabled people. Without the aforementioned aspects, no prayer house, social gathering centre or community centre should be accepted as a place for all. It is not.

Local Government should act with more responsibly during accepting a planning permission to assure that all members of the community can have equal access to such institutions. They should not be purely operated by one gender and exclude others. Yes, it can be for a religious group or certain community, but not built for only one gender. Equally disabled people, regardless of the gender, should have same rights.

SYR would like to try and change this within the communities and religious groups. If needed, the central Government should legislate or give guidelines to appropriate authorities in order to ensure no woman or disabled person is discriminated against or denied access to a religious institution.

SYR respects religious values, a gathering may have gender segregation, but it should have equal access, space and facilities for all.

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Charity Conference: “Do you Know Forced Marriage is a Crime?”

Save Your Rights Press Release
(26 March 2015)

A charity conference to campaign against Forced Marriages. A public event for the community, students and professional experts in the field – this event attracted around 50 people to help  understand in depth the matter of Forced Marriages and the great risks it imposes on individuals. Attendees and guests were given the opportunity to learn and discuss what creates such a union and what can be done to help those under threat.

The event was funded by CDF and hosted on Thursday the 26th of March 2015 at The University of Bedfordshire, Luton Campus, University Square, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3JU. It was held from 11:00am – 05:00pm. Refreshments and catering were provided, invitees greeted on arrival by a registration team to ensure they were registered, fed and seated accordingly.  It was an open conference and welcomed all to participate, learn and raise awareness on Forced Marriages. Experts on the matter attended to impart their knowledge and discuss with the public their views and any inquiries people may have had. Notable the event had 80% less attendee than expected, no local councillor attend the event despite charity sending them several invitation, it was mentioned that no councillor responded to any of them invitation.

The conference was opened by Miss Monju, with key speakers sharing their experiences throughout the day via presentations; Mamunul Islam, Barrister Miss Lynne Towlney, Dr Nazia Khanum OBE of Independent Consultancy, Equality and Diversity, Parliament’s Lord Ahmed, and Neil Day. They were all essential in providing knowledge to the audience about Forced Marriages, and how individuals can help when faced with it or know someone in such a situation. Chair Ranjula Tadokara MBE also attended, emphasising the great risk of Forced Marriages, and the importance of raising awareness about globally. It was a well-received event, with active and vocal audience members widely sharing their views and queries with experts, allowing a steady flow of discussion to come through.

Save Your Rights aims to help raise awareness on the subject of Forced Marriages, an unfortunate circumstance many individuals endure on a daily basis. In line with the Governments Forced Marriage Unit (FMU), research shows that the case of individuals suffering from this injustice is of 250 – 300 predicaments a year. Forced Marriage is a serious issue and a crime that is on up rise, often going unnoticed in society. However, as a community, it can be noticed, and those suffering can be given help, helping to save and or repair the damages to individuals and their families.

 

Press Photos please visit our facebook page Photographer – Nick Murray-Hogarth, Tame Valley Photography.

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Notes to the editors: Save Your Rights (SYR) is a registered Human Rights charity, charity number: 1130378. SYR is a campaign committed to ending forced marriages, working in conjunction with the Government’s Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) within the UK and many other countries.

This news realise is published on 28 February 2015, 2300 hour and on behalf of SYR board of trustees Miss. Tasmeena Ali Bachelor Degree in Creative Writing. For further information about this project, please write to us for the attention of project director to admin@saveyourrights.org.

Anyone interested in supporting this multi-faith, multi-cultural campaigning organisation to end forced marriages contact: Save Your Rights (SYR) Email: info@saveyourrights.org Call/Text: +44 (0) 7988 841 228, www.saveyourrights.org (For help and advice: help@saveyourrights.org).