Now in her 50s, Sameem Ali is a councilor in Moss Side Manchester. She was forced into a marriage at 13 and was a mother at 14.
In a series of eight short videos hear Sameem Ali talk about the lifelong trauma that survivors of forced marriage, domestic abuse, and so-called honour-based abuse have to contend with. She shares her views on:
the importance of counseling and therapy for survivors of forced marriage.
the importance of looking out for children missing from schools and off the register.
how important it is for social workers and health professionals to understand how to risk assess for forced marriage.
how important it is for the police to have proper funding to deal with the new responsibilities after the criminalisation of forced marriage.
sheds light on the difficulties in challenging the patriarchal mindsets within communities.
how women become the embodiment of concepts of HONOUR and SHAME in some communities.
how in 99% cases it is fear that a rebellious girl might bring (DIS)HONOUR & SHAME to the family, that that girl is forced into a marriage.
how important it is to EDUCATE & EMPOWER women.