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The challenge of institutional racism

Over a fortnight ago, an article was published in the Evening Standard titled ‘Nearly half of black and ethnic minority Londoners have faced racist abuse.’ If this statistic surprised anyone, it shouldn’t have. Yes, we have made progress in the … Continue reading

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Traumas of Forced Marriage

 ‘Muslim model, 24, is found hanged after fearing she was going to be forced into arranged marriage by her parents’  ‘The Hasidic woman … [who] killed herself suffered years of depression following her forced marriage to a first cousin’ These … Continue reading

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New forced marriage legislation is not the answer

Forcing someone to marry is now illegal in England and Wales leaving perpetrators who coerce victims into marriage facing up to 7 years in prison.  Although David Cameron argues that ‘forced marriage is abhorrent and little more than slavery… to … Continue reading

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The ‘Spoon Trick’ – how sound is the latest forced marriage advice?

The British government recently warned local authorities and front line staff – including those at airports – to be aware of the increased risk of forced marriage during the summer holidays. Summer holidays are a prime time for British girls … Continue reading

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The Essential Distinction Between an ‘Arranged’ and a ‘Forced’ Marriage

They might have a slight difference but essentially, aren’t they the same thing? The answer is a resounding “NO”. ‘Forced’ and ‘Arranged’ marriages are two entirely different practices and should be treated as such. The terms are often used interchangeably … Continue reading

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Islamophobic Hate Crimes in Britain

Through our work at JAN Trust we have dealt with many Muslim women over the twenty years who have suffered from Islamophobia. It has included verbal and physical abuse, their children being bullied and damage to their property. The portrayal … Continue reading

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Inspiration from Malala

“I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school. All I want is education.” Thursday 11th October 2012 marked the first International Day of the Girl. There was no way a day like this could pass … Continue reading

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Forced Marriage workshops – Oblivious Teachers and Bright Children

We arrived at a London school to deliver one of our forced marriage (FM) seminars to a group of year 10 students, only to find out – to our horror – that the teacher responsible had hand-picked a group of … Continue reading

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JAN Trust in the mainstream press with its work on forced marriages

“The majority of professionals, grass roots community workers and victims are against criminalisation, warning it will drive a hidden problem further underground, increase the risk of retaliation and more victims will be abandoned overseas. Pointing to the fact that there … Continue reading

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