WHAT IS FORCED MARRIAGE
According to the Forced Marriage Unit in the UK, 'A forced marriage is where one or both people do not (or in cases of people with learning disabilities, cannot) consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used. It is an appalling and indefensible practice and is recognised in the UK as a form of violence against women and men, domestic/child abuse and a serious abuse of human rights. The pressure put on people to marry against their will can be physical (including threats, actual physical violence and sexual violence) or emotional and psychological (for example, when someone is made to feel like they’re bringing shame on their family). Financial abuse (taking your wages or not giving you any money) can also be a factor'.
Although it is most prevalent in the developing world, child marriage also happens in the United Kingdom. The Home Office estimates that between 5,000 and 8,000 people are at risk of being forced into marriage every year in the UK. In 2013, the UK Forced Marriage Unit’s helpline dealt with 1,302 cases of forced marriage; 40% of the calls received concerned minors, and 15% involved victims under the age of 15.
In July 2014, the British government organised its first 'Girl Summit' to mobilise domestic and international efforts to end child, early and forced marriage, and female genital mutilation within a generation. Find out more about the financial and political commitments made at the Girl Summit.
NGOs in the United Kingdom
Anti-Slavery International, ChildHope, DIL Trust UK – Developments in Literacy, Enabling Education Network (EENET), Equality Now, EveryChild, FORWARD, IKWRO – Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation, Independent Yemen Group, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Karma Nirvana, Plan, Population Matters, Radar, SafeHands for Mothers, Save the Children, The Former Child Wives Foundation – Campaign Against Child Marriage in Ethiopia, The Royal Commonwealth Society, White Ribbon Alliance, World Vision