Im a international Human Rights Activist and international motivational and Tedx speaker who has spent years supporting and empowering others find their purpose and rebuild their lives after abuse .
I'm one of the founders of the U.K. Forced Marriage Unit
I have recently spoken at #NotYetForTheDress a gala in Vancouver to raise awareness of early child marriage
The event raised money for The Shakti Society . They will be working with the community & professionals to raise awareness of Honour Based Violence, we wish to build Shakti House , both a first and second stage culturally sensitive transition house
We are getting a lot of support to make this a reality
The event was in support with UN Women
In Canada there are young people being abused in the name of honour behind closed doors
Canada needs to take a stand against early child forced marriages
What is honour violence ?
Honour violence is a form of violence against women committed with the motive of protecting or regaining the honour of the perpetrator, family, or community
Women and girls may loose honour through expressions of autonomy, particularly if this autonomy occurs within the area of sexuality. Men may be targeted either by the family of a woman who they are believed to have ‘dishonoured’, in which case both parties may be at risk, or by their own family if they are believed to be homosexual.
Common triggers for HBV include:
Refusing an arranged marriage
Having a relationship outside the approved group
Loss of virginity
Spending time without the supervision of a family member
Reporting domestic violence
Attempting to divorce
Refusing to divorce when ordered to do so by family members
However, some families may resolve to abuse or kill a member on what would appear to be very trivial grounds. It is important to take clients fears of HBV seriously, even when it seems unlikely. Victims of HBV are more likely to underestimate the risks to their safety than overstate them and even the ‘offence’ seems trivial to you, this does not mean it is trivial to his or her family.
People at risk of HBV may have had negative experiences and expectations of authority. It is important to reassure potential victims, to be culturally sensitive and empathic without making assumptions about her or his culture and background.
We need to be clear about protecting young people from harmful practices and not political correctness .
HBV isn't the same as DV we need to learn the difference DV is of violence by partner or someone your in a relationship with
While victims of honour violence are often female, males may also be targeted by this kind of oppression and violence for a number of reasons:
•Actual or perceived homosexuality
•Dating outside of the cultural community
•Resisting an arranged marriage
We have a duty to support and empower young people in canada and show them that they have choices
Victims of honour violence are targeted because their actual or perceived behaviour is deemed by their family or community to be shameful or to violate cultural or religious norms.
Honour violence can take many forms, including verbal/emotional abuse, threats, stalking, harassment, false imprisonment, physical violence, sexual abuse, and homicide. Look at Jessie Sidhu
The apparent "honour killing" of Jassi, a young Indian-Canadian woman, over a clandestine marriage to a man her family considered unsuitable
There was a very high profile case where Hamed Shafia and his father Mohammad Shafia, and his mother, Tooba Yahya, charged with the murder of his three teen sisters and Mohammad’s first wife, Rona Amir Mohammad, were found drowned at the bottom of the Rideau River in Kingston, Ont.
We want frontline practitioners to attend this event and learn about harmful practices
In the UK it's now a criminal offence to force some one into marriage
It's so important we having this event in BC as we need raise awareness of early child and forced marriages
Whilst in BC I will be meeting with community leaders , frontline staff , universities etc
It's so important we talk ably this in Canada
Kerry has really worked hard to get Canada on board
I would like to thank Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery
The philanthropically minded husband and wife team of Sandee and Alf Krause are well loved by their surrounding community and we are blessed to have them partner with us on this event!
The Flag Shop provided us with wonderful flags for the event
We had so many volunteers support the event
I was blown away by Ricky Kej and his band it was one of the best grand finales I have ever seen GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER Ricky Kej - Shanti Samsara is gifted all attendees a Shanti Samsara Special Edition CD!
This album was launched at the United Nations COP21 Summit by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and the then president of France Francois Hollande.
The Album was a result of a private meeting that Ricky Kej had with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who encouraged Kej to make such an album.
This masterpiece features 500 musicians from over 40 countries. Truly an amazing accomplishment.
Such big thanks to Ricky Kej for all he is contributing to this cause!
We had so much media & PR support I was doing interviews everyday
Madame Sophie Gregoire sent a personalized video . She feels very strongly about supporting this cause . She is herself a fierce advocate for Women across the world and lends her voice to raise awareness to issues like forced and early marriage.
Her video message was presented by the leader of the Pacific caucus the Honourable Minister Randeep Singh Sarai . Those in the know have seen the record of Activism this gentleman has enacted over many committed years in service to his community. Minister Randeep S. Sarai truly cares about the wellbeing of Canadian Women and Youth .
We had a wonderful MC Fabian Dawson has been telling the stories of countless Canadians for decades.
Amongst them has been a dedication to telling the tales of the downtrodden in order to Expose faulty systems and Inspire to change their situations for the greater good.
He has taken a strong stance and focus on such issues as honor killings, early and forced marriage, FGM etc. His contribution to this dialogue has been enormous and it is only fitting that he host our stage and continue the commentary.
We had over 200 people attend and we raised 10 thousands of dollars for The Shakti Society
We couldn't of done this without the support of the phenomenal Kerry Gibson from Ecocentury Technologies she has been the driving force behind the project and event , she is so passionate about raising awareness of harmful practices in Canada
Even after the event we both met with Beverly the Chief Justice of BC
We couldn't of done this without the support of Kerry .
Here is a snippet of my opening speech
Mandy Sanghera is an international human rights activist and motivational speaker #Tedx Mandy Sanghera Is an international human rights activists who has spent the last 26 years supporting victims and survivors of Honour Based Violence and cultural Abuse FGM , Forced Marriage , Faith Based [...]