Lancashire schools urged to help combat forced marriage

Shafilea Ahmed

Shafilea Ahmed

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A CAMPAIGNER against forced marriage is urging schools in Lancashire to work proactively to combat the issue.

Alex Jones, who founded a nationwide campaign dedicated to murdered Shafilea Ahmed, said his organisation, ‘It’s my right – No Forced Marriages’, is looking to establish a series of long-term progressive measures that will directly enable schools and the community to be proactive in tackling Forced Marriages.

The measures will take the form of a dedicated ‘Shafilea Ahmed education programme’.

Shafilea, 17, ran away to Blackburn before being killed by her parents in Warrington because she was Westernised, and refused to obey them.

The organisation is calling for the schools, colleges and youth centres to be a part of the education campaign.

Mr Jones also wishes to establish an official ‘Certified Forced Marriage training course’ for teachers and community leaders, to help them spot the signs of forced marriage and know how to help victims.

Mr Jones said his organisation is also looking for a law firm to help establish a law scholarship in Shafilea Ahmed’s name, which he said is a direct investment into those who will potentially save lives.

Mr Jones said: “With the commitment of all aspects of society to building the long-term infrastructure we can effectively break the cycle that Forced Marriage is untouchable and save more lives like Shafilea from being lost “The biggest area that must be tackled is in the continuing perception that forced marriage is untouchable because it is cultural.

“It has to be realised that ‘forced marriage, shame, honour’ have to be seen for what they all really are, terminology of further attacks on human rights.

“The prevailing barrier, ‘that we can't act because it’s culture’ only goes to give this heinous crime a strengthened voice.”

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3:36pm Fri 5 Sep 14

East_lancs_lad says...

Can anybody please explain why we have such marriages
Can anybody please explain why we have such marriages East_lancs_lad
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4:40pm Fri 5 Sep 14

glossopkid says...

East_lancs_lad wrote:
Can anybody please explain why we have such marriages
Why do we need any marriage?
[quote][p][bold]East_lancs_lad[/bold] wrote: Can anybody please explain why we have such marriages[/p][/quote]Why do we need any marriage? glossopkid
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5:15pm Fri 5 Sep 14

noddy57 says...

Marriage i,m afraid to say is no longer relevant in modern society . It died a death when it was high jacked by the gay lobbyists .This country is following that travesty of a decision by this government to defile the marriage between man and woman and its no wonder the Muslims are against the western ways .l don, agree with Muslim laws being brought into our domain but where this is concerned they do have a valid point .
Marriage i,m afraid to say is no longer relevant in modern society . It died a death when it was high jacked by the gay lobbyists .This country is following that travesty of a decision by this government to defile the marriage between man and woman and its no wonder the Muslims are against the western ways .l don, agree with Muslim laws being brought into our domain but where this is concerned they do have a valid point . noddy57
  • Score: -3

5:31pm Fri 5 Sep 14

East_lancs_lad says...

noddy57 wrote:
Marriage i,m afraid to say is no longer relevant in modern society . It died a death when it was high jacked by the gay lobbyists .This country is following that travesty of a decision by this government to defile the marriage between man and woman and its no wonder the Muslims are against the western ways .l don, agree with Muslim laws being brought into our domain but where this is concerned they do have a valid point .
Are you against gay marriage .
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: Marriage i,m afraid to say is no longer relevant in modern society . It died a death when it was high jacked by the gay lobbyists .This country is following that travesty of a decision by this government to defile the marriage between man and woman and its no wonder the Muslims are against the western ways .l don, agree with Muslim laws being brought into our domain but where this is concerned they do have a valid point .[/p][/quote]Are you against gay marriage . East_lancs_lad
  • Score: 2

10:10pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Excluded again says...

noddy57 wrote:
Marriage i,m afraid to say is no longer relevant in modern society . It died a death when it was high jacked by the gay lobbyists .This country is following that travesty of a decision by this government to defile the marriage between man and woman and its no wonder the Muslims are against the western ways .l don, agree with Muslim laws being brought into our domain but where this is concerned they do have a valid point .
Our marriage is as strong as ever. The fact that some people who could not get married before now can has had bugger all effect on our marriage.

Its a strange argument to say that an institution that large numbers of people have campaigned to get into is under threat.
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: Marriage i,m afraid to say is no longer relevant in modern society . It died a death when it was high jacked by the gay lobbyists .This country is following that travesty of a decision by this government to defile the marriage between man and woman and its no wonder the Muslims are against the western ways .l don, agree with Muslim laws being brought into our domain but where this is concerned they do have a valid point .[/p][/quote]Our marriage is as strong as ever. The fact that some people who could not get married before now can has had bugger all effect on our marriage. Its a strange argument to say that an institution that large numbers of people have campaigned to get into is under threat. Excluded again
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1:29am Sat 6 Sep 14

zabby says...

This issue is just another amazing thing a muslim community brings to these shores,now I don't want to hear any lefties complaining about this issue ,this is what you wanted ,the joys of multicultural societies
This issue is just another amazing thing a muslim community brings to these shores,now I don't want to hear any lefties complaining about this issue ,this is what you wanted ,the joys of multicultural societies zabby
  • Score: -3

2:47pm Sat 6 Sep 14

sen c b l says...

noddy57 wrote:
Marriage i,m afraid to say is no longer relevant in modern society . It died a death when it was high jacked by the gay lobbyists .This country is following that travesty of a decision by this government to defile the marriage between man and woman and its no wonder the Muslims are against the western ways .l don, agree with Muslim laws being brought into our domain but where this is concerned they do have a valid point .
You can't have it both ways. It's either a 'Yes' to Moslem law or 'No' over my dead body to Sharia.

Forced marriages is more prominent in Hindu religion as well as Sikh communities and not only practiced in Moslem communities. Some commentators should learn and educate themselves before deciding to fiddle around with their keyboards.
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: Marriage i,m afraid to say is no longer relevant in modern society . It died a death when it was high jacked by the gay lobbyists .This country is following that travesty of a decision by this government to defile the marriage between man and woman and its no wonder the Muslims are against the western ways .l don, agree with Muslim laws being brought into our domain but where this is concerned they do have a valid point .[/p][/quote]You can't have it both ways. It's either a 'Yes' to Moslem law or 'No' over my dead body to Sharia. Forced marriages is more prominent in Hindu religion as well as Sikh communities and not only practiced in Moslem communities. Some commentators should learn and educate themselves before deciding to fiddle around with their keyboards. sen c b l
  • Score: 6
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