Domestic Abuse / Honour Based Violence / Forced Marriage
‘Respect your Partners’ is Message from Conference
Over 60 people from the community attended the Respect and Protect event held at Pleckgate High School on 16th February. They listened to speakers about the issue of Domestic Abuse, Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage.
The conference type event was part of the Baiter Sehat campaign and featured the message that respect within the family set up was crucial to eliminating the problems highlighted by the campaign. Respect and Protect was organised in association with Humraaz Refuge and Lancashire Council of mosques. The audience heard from a forced marriage victim, Robina Kauser, a member of the Lancashire Council of Mosques, Ismael Nakhuda, and Imam Habibur Rehman.
The 90 minute event was well received by the public.
‘It was a really informative event on the stance of Islam and writing in the Koran.’ Michelle Barlow.
‘The speeches were very touching, I found this event really useful especiially understanding the Islamic context.’ Asad Barlas.
The Respect and Protect event came about after a focus group indicated that the message needed to involve the religious fraternity.
According to Zaheer Mahmud, Operations Manager of the Baiter Sehat project.
“As well as being involved in the White Ribbon Campaign campaign One Voice and the focus group felt that it necessary that the message had to be sent to the men of our community that domestic violence was not to be accepted in any form.”
WEGs Group to Carry Out Forced Marriage Performances
West End Girls, a girls group run by One Voice, will be presenting a series of forced marriage presentations to audiences in Blackburn and Darwen in 2015.
The presentations are a set of scripts to be read out by girls focussing on issues relating to forced marriage and its impacts. The scripts have been produced by One Voice in consultation with Humraaz Refuge.
Mariyah Mahmud, from WEGs groups, said:
“Forced marriage is a scourge on our community, and we want to highlight the fact that it is illegal and not in the best interests of anyone within a family environment. We also want to talk about this problem in a responsible manner rather than blaming anyone. Our group have talked about this subject at length and we are pleased to be carrying out the performances.”
The One Voice annual dinner, on 21st February, will be the first occasion when the presentations take place.