Britain urged to back new European treaty to protect victims of forced marriage, domestic violence and stalking

Britain is being heavily urged to ratify the Council of Europe’s new convention, which seeks to enforce much harsher measures to ensure the safety of female victims of forced marriage, sexual harassment, domestic violence and stalking. The new treaty, otherwise known as the Istanbul Convention because it was opened for signatures in the Turkish capital .. read more

US, African leaders must tackle child marriage

This week, more than 40 African heads of state are in Washington, D.C., for the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. The theme is “Investing in the Next Generation,” which is fitting given the youthful demographics of the continent and the significant issues the next generation faces — from recent abductions of Nigerian schoolgirls to unemployment and forced recruitment of .. read more

Honour killing: Man strangles wife to death

A man confessed to strangling his wife to death for allegedly having an extramarital affair in a remote village of Battagram district, police said on Friday. Investigating officer SI Umarzada Khan of Pazang police station said Shabnam Bibi, 21, of Dirkad Cheeran village married Shah Nawaz three years ago. The couple had no children, which .. read more

DFID and UNICEF host Nairobi Girl Summit

LONDON, 31 July 2014 / PRN Africa / — DFID and UNICEF hosted the Nairobi Girl Summit on 21st July to galvanize support for an end to FGM and Child, Early Forced Marriage (CEFM) The British High Commission through DFID-Kenya and UNICEF hosted the Nairobi chapter of the Girl Summit on 21st July. The event .. read more

Definitions of Modern Slavery

According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) 20.9 million men, women and children around the world are in slavery. The most common forms of slavery according to the ILO are: Child Slavery affects an estimated 5.5 million children around the world. Early and forced marriage predominately affects women and girls who are married without choice, forced into .. read more

Woman ends life to avoid forced marriage

A young woman and a middle-aged man committed suicide in the past 72 hours. In Pirabad, 22-year-old Sofia Mahmood killed herself after quarrelling with her family. The woman got dejected after an exchange of hot words with her mother and locked herself in a room at her residence in Pakhtunabad, Orangi Town. She then swallowed .. read more

Calling from the margins: ending child and early forced marriage in the UK

Ending forced marriage and FGM within a generation cannot be done without addressing the harder issues, such as the impact of austerity measures, immigration controls and religious fundamentalisms. Hannana Siddiqui reports on the concerns of BME groups for women following theGIRL Summit last week. Last week, the UK Government and UNICEF hosted a global GIRL Summit  on child .. read more

Child faces murder charges after forced marriage

A 14-year-old girl accused of poisoning the 35-year-old man she was forced to marry was set to go on trial for murder in northern Nigeria on Monday, a case that has thrown the spotlight on the influence of Islamic law in region. Wasila Tasi’u has also been charged with the murder of three others who .. read more

Who Killed This Woman?

The snake had been eating the crow’s eggs every day for weeks. “So she taught him a lesson,” twelve-year-old Taj said, pointing to the skeleton, the ribs of the snake curled up like a question mark. “You know, crows never forget a face.” I asked him how he knew that. “My mother told me.” The .. read more

Father held for honour killing of minor daughter

RAMANATHAPURAM: The father of a 16-year-old girl was arrested on Thursday, for allegedly murdering her for honour as she reportedly eloped a man from another caste. Divya, 16, daughter of Allirajan of Kakkur near Mudukulathor in Ramanathapuram district was in love with Saranraj, 24, from her neighbouring village Kathaiyan. Her parents had opposed this match .. read more