Recently, I took part in a play for a new charity called Educate2Eradicate. The play is entitled “Duty” involving 12 teenagers from around Waltham Forest. In “Duty”, we follow a girl who is in the middle of her GCSE’s and is told by her family that she is to marry a man she has never met before, back in her home country. The play tells us about forced marriage and honour abuse and how it happens right under our nose.
It all started when the founder of Educate2Eradicate, Arifa Nasim, received a belated birthday present for her fourteenth birthday. The book is called “Daughter of Shame” which was written by a survivor of a forced marriage, Jasvinder Sanghera. The book tells the stories of young women who are forced into marriages and sometimes killed because they try to escape an abusive marriage. This moved Arifa so much that she decided to spread awareness. Three years later, she launched her first campaign and completed her GCSE’s with As and A*s.
Being a part of this amazing charity has really opened my eyes. I never regarded those practices as something relevant in my life or in the UK. But, this happens all over the world, sometimes closer than we think. I believe that this charity will help 100’s of girls and boys who are at risk of a forced marriage. I wish the very best for them!
Visit: www.educate2eradicate.co.uk for more information and helpline numbers.