Volunteers needed for organising a Charity Conference.
DO YOU KNOW FORCED MARRIAGE IS A CRIME?
SYR Press Release
(26 Feb. 2015)
Volunteers needed for ‘Charity Conference’ an experts gathering to raise awareness and provide informal education to students, community and professionals.
SYR organising a conference event at University of Bedofordshire (funded by CDF) on the topic ‘Do you know forced marriage is a crime?’, which aims to educate people and raise awareness about FM issues. The conference will be open to professionals, students and members of the community.
For the purposes of the organising the event and successfully delivery of the event, we are in search of some volunteers from Luton, Aylesbury and Bedford area. Volunteers will have opportunity to work with expert professionals and some high profile individuals. The conference will extensively cover legal and social agenda.
We are looking for:
- Flyers distributor
- Admin assistant
- Event assistant
- Anyone that can help in delivering conference
- Film editor
Am I the right sort of person?
If you feel passionate about people’s rights and the consequences of forced marriages then this is for you. We will provide you with training to enable you carry out your role.
What commitment is needed?
We will fit in around your personal commitments and find a role to suit you such as filming, admin, campaigning, event planning or even Facebook campaign.
How do I join?
Interested individual please email SYR to firstname.lastname@example.org or simply long into SYR website and register yourself ASAP.
For more information contact: Miss Ali by e-mail: email@example.com or by telephone: 07988841228, visit us at www.saveyourrights.org. Join us on facebook
Notes to the editors:
Save Your Rights (SYR) is a registered human rights charity (No – 1130378). SYR the campaign committed to ending forced marriages, working in the UK and many other countries.
This news realise is published on 26 February 2014 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone interested in supporting this multi-faith, multi-cultural campaigning organisation to end forced marriages contact:
Save Your Rights (SYR)
Call/Text: +44 (0) 7988 841 228
DO YOU KNOW FORCED MARRIAGE IS A CRIME? KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AND BE ABLE TO RECOGNISE AND SUPPORT VICTIMS
Save Your Rights Charity Conference.
Save Your Rights cordially invites you to attend the charity conference in raising awareness and talking about the problems in regards to human rights and forced marriages (from civil and legal prospective). The conference will highlight the shortcomings faced by society when it comes to facing such issues, legal challenges, implementation of new legislation, precautions and preventatives, and what can be done to help strive for a better future.
The event is to be held on 26 March 2015.
Venue: University of Bedfordshire, Luton Campus, G101.
Times: 11:00am – 17:00pm Hours.
It is advised that guests arrive in plenty of time to be registered and for there to be appropriate checks.
The world is currently faced with a number of colossal struggles such as global warming, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the recent credit crunch. Another burning universal issue, affecting millions of people across the world that gets little publicity is, forced marriages.
Save Your Rights campaign is committed to ending forced marriages in Aylesbury Vale, that rob people of their basic human rights. We are organising various activities to raise awareness about the dire consequences of forced marriages.
We are urging like-minded people from all walks of life and from across all our communities to support our work to put an end to this inhuman practice, and help us to build a brighter future.
In Aylesbury (SYR) are going to launch a mass campaign in September, followed by a Debate and Seminar. We need your support to help us to organise this event or to join our campaigning team raising awareness in schools, the college and with the public in shopping centre’s and at events.
Why should I give my time to the (SYR)?
There are many reasons to get involved with the project. It is a great opportunity to promote human rights, save many individuals, and build a better community.
Am I the right sort of person?
If you feel passionate about people’s rights and the consequences of forced marriages then this is for you. We will provide you with training to enable you carry out this role. What commitment is needed?we will fit in around your personal commitments and find a role to suit you such as admin, campaigning, event planning or even facebook campaign.
HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE?
By Lynne Townley, Barrister and Trustee of Save Your Rights charity
During the last decade the issues of honour crime and forced marriage have come into the public consciousness and also to the notice of central government. This has been most significantly demonstrated by the advent of the Forced Marriage(Civil) Protection Act 2007 which changed the law at the end of last year.
The new legislation enables courts to prevent forced marriages and provide recourse for those already in forced marriages. The definition of ‘forced marriage’ adopted generally by statutory agencies is ‘a marriage without consent of one or both parties and where duress is a factor’. The courts also have the power to make ‘Forced Marriage Protection Orders’ to protect individuals against conduct that may lead to them being forced to marry; or to protect a person who has already been forced into a marriage.
One of the first such orders under the new law was served on the family of Dr Humayra Abedin, a trainee GP based in London. In August 2008 Dr Abedin flew to Bangladesh believing that her mother was very ill. Once there she was imprisoned by members of her family in their home and her travel documents were taken from her. She managed to alert friends in Britain by text message but that prompted her family to confiscate her phone. She was bound, gagged and taken to a psychiatric hospital in Dhaka where she was injected daily with mood stabilisers. Dr Abedin entered into a marriage against her will and under duress. Subsequently, the High Court in London issued an injunction under the new legislation against the perpetrators of this forced marriage and with the co-operation of the Bangladeshi courts the doctor was able to return to Britain. The extent of the problem should not be underestimated. In 2008, the joint Home Office/Foreign and Commonwealth Forced Marriage Unit stated that they had encountered over 1,600 cases of forced marriage. Academic studies, however, indicate that the figure is more likely to be between 3,000 to 4,000 cases per year in the UK.
A local charity, Save Your Rights is campaigning both nationally and internationally to raise awareness about forced marriage and to assist victims and potential victims. For more information on the work of the charity see the website at www.stopforcedmarriages.org or for general advice call (07988) 841 228