Posts Tagged ‘forced marriage’

NoraNora Honkala is a final year PhD Candidate and a Teaching Fellow at the School of Law, University of Reading. Her research concerns asylum seeker women’s gender-based persecution claims in the UK.

On 16th June 2014, forced marriage became a criminal offence in England and Wales. The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 specifies a maximum prison sentence of seven years for the offence. David Cameron declared in 2011 that his government will criminalise forced marriage. Following repeated consultations on the matter, the provisions criminalising forced marriage are now law.


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Last week, the End Violence Against Women Coalition sent the following open letter to the Prime Minister. It has been reproduced here with permission and thanks:






Rt Hon David Cameron MP
10 Downing Street
London SW1A 2AA

Dear Prime Minister

Urgent action needed to prevent abuse of women and girls

86% of people want compulsory Sex and Relationships education to address abuse in the wake of the multiple prosecutions of groups of men for raping and sexually exploiting girls, the murders of Tia Sharp and April Jones, the ongoing child sexual abuse allegations, as well as weekly accounts of domestic violence murders of women and children, we are writing to ask you to put in place a Programme of Work to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls. In particular, we are asking you to ensure that all schools tackle harmful attitudes and behaviours amongst young people and to ensure that survivors are supported. This will build on good work that your government is already carrying out and ensure that the pledge to prevent violence in the Home Office-led Call to end violence against women and girls becomes more than just a promise on paper.


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