On Wednesday 12th June, Ison Harrison partner and family law expert, Parveen Ahmed, will be speaking at a Forced Marriage symposium which aims to raise awareness of forced marriage in the UK, exploring what it is and why it happens.

The event is being held at Leeds Beckett University and there will be 2 hours of presentations and Q&A opportunities, plus a Leeds performing arts student will be performing the true story of a young woman who was rescued from a forced marriage.

Our family law solicitor, Parveen, will be speaking about the legal landscape relating to forced marriage and advising on what implications there are for forced marriages in the UK, since it has been illegal in this country since 2014. Parveen specialises in forced marriage and domestic violence cases and has nearly 15 years’ experience in complex and sensitive family law issues.

In addition, there will be a presentation from Natasha Rattu, executive director of Karma Nirvana, who will be detailing the facts and figures relating forced marriage, plus the Chief Executive of the Shantona Women’s Centre, Nahil Rasool, will be hosting the event.

The “I Don’t – An Insight Into Forced Marriage” event is an important opportunity for those that work with vulnerable children and adults, helping to raise awareness of this often taboo subject.

Key facts about forced marriage:

  • A forced marriage is different to an arranged marriage
  • Forced marriage is an abuse of human rights
  • In 2017, there were 1,196 reports handled by the government’s Forced Marriage Unit (FMU)

For more information, please contact Parveen at parveen.ahmed@isonharrison.co.uk

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