Are you being forced into a marriage?

Are you being forced into a marriage? Are you worried that you will let your family down if you refuse an arranged marriage? Do you fear you may bring shame on your family or take away their honour?

You are not alone. We can help you.

If you are being pressured to enter a marriage against your will, or suffering from honour abuse, Karma Nirvana can help. Call their helpline today on 0800 5999 247.

Thursday 14th July is a day of remembrance

Welcome to the second annual Day of Memory. The legacy continues today as we come together to honour the memories of those whose lives were tragically taken in abuses related to honour and/or forced marriages.

We have not walked alone on this journey as more than 100,000 members of the public in 2014 joined our joint campaign with Cosmopolitan in signing a petition.

This year many people across the country will be playing their part by raising awareness with the aim of breaking the silences of the many victims we have yet to reach. Last year we collectively raised awareness that led to 58 new victim callers to our helpline on the day after the Day of Memory and over 22 million impressions on Twitter.

Shafilea Iftikhar Ahmed was a 17-year-old British Pakistani girl from Great Sankey, Warrington, Cheshire, who was murdered by her parents Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed. They were imprisoned for a minimum of 25 years each in 2012.

This year we will mark Shafilea’s 30th birthday by coming together and sharing platforms. Survivors will again courageously share their personal experiences in the hope that others will learn from them. Fathers will share their moving testimonies and experiences of their sons, the lives of whom they believe were cut short by honour based abuse.

Karma Nirvana is a UK registered Charity that supports victims and survivors of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse.

http://www.karmanirvana.org.uk/the-story-of-the-spoons/