Preventing forced marriage: shifting socio-cultural attitudes to create change

Professor Aisha K. Gill argues that more needs to be done to improve the efficacy of initiatives designed to protect those at risk of forced marriage @DrAishaKGill Read More

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Sex Education: Lessons I Should Have Learned In School

By Huma Munshi Sex education in my school consisted of experimenting with putting a condom on a cucumber and watching a video of a woman giving birth. This was met with embarrassed giggling from my peers and awkward glances. At home, we would never dream of discussing sex or relationships. My parents were old school… Read More

Criminalising forced marriage: The risk of symbolic gestures

by Huma Munshi A young woman sits in front of the bank manager, her distress is palpable with tears streaming down her face; her voice comes out in desperate gasps. “Please don’t call the police; I can’t explain how awful things will get.” “They have broken the law, I have no choice.” He responds. “Please,… Read More

As a Muslim woman, the kidnap in Nigeria has shaken my faith

by Huma Munshi  As a Muslim woman, I have some things in common with atheists. I wonder where God is when people are being murdered and brutalised. Where is God when the young girls in Nigeria were kidnapped? Where is he when young people all over the world are being abused? The vulnerable being exploited… Read More

In fear of dishonour – when the perpetrators are family

 by Huma Munshi Fleeing a forced marriage ten years ago was an instinctive act of survival. Staying would have put me in grave physical harm and may have been the death of my spiritual and emotional self. I left with a carrier bag of clothes and my passport. I left without knowing I would have anywhere… Read More

No ‘honour’ in killing young women, it’s a hate crime

by Huma Munshi Banaz: a Love Story directed by Human Rights activist, Deeyah, won an Emmy this week for Best International Documentary. I remember when I watched this harrowing film and was overwhelmed by a sense of frustration and anger. We hear statistics about the numbers of young people, mainly women, experiencing ‘honour’ based violence and… Read More