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Places still available on seminar
2:23pm Monday 16th September 2013 in News
Places are going fast at a hard-hitting seminar on forced marriage and honour-based violence.
The event is being spearheaded by Petherbridge Bassra, a Bradford law firm which says it is dealing with more and more forced marriage cases.
Speakers include Sameem Ali, a Manchester city councillor, who was forced into a marriage in Pakistan when she was 13 and was brought back to the UK months after she became pregnant, aged 14.
Another speaker will be a woman who set up a charity for victims of forced marriages and honour-based violence.
Jasvinder Sanghera, founder of Derby-based Karma Nirvana, was disowned by her family aged 16 when she refused to marry a man in India.
The third speaker will be Petherbridge Bassra’s family law solicitor Nazia Shaukat, who says she is dealing with an increasing number of forced marrage cases.
She and her family law team work with support agencies, charities and children’s centres across Bradford to provide legal help and advice.
The seminar is the second event for a new consortium of agencies called You’re Not Alone, which was set up by the law firm earlier this year. It follows the consortium’s inaugural event in January, which focussed on domestic violence.
The organisers are hoping to enlist hundreds of local organisations, including courts, hospitals, charities, counselling services and other solicitors’ firms - as well as victims themselves - to participate in the seminar.
The free event will be held on September 25 from 9.30am to 2.45pm at the Midland Hotel in Bradford, and booking is essential.