STR!VE Women’s Project
‘Love Honour & Obey’ – completed project
‘Love, Honour & Obey’ was a community project delivered by STR!VE, an initiative to encourage women of ethnicity to speak out against abuse. ‘Love, Honour & Obey’ is designed to help young people, families and communities to receive support information and advice they need to combat the issue of forced marriage. The project has now been completed.
The project was awarded to St Philip’s Centre by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and follows on from an earlier pilot which dealt with related issues such as domestic abuse and honour based violence.
‘Love Honour & Obey’ explored the issues around forced marriages with women from Leicester using role play scenarios. The project aimed to equip young women to become champions by raising awareness and challenging the issue of forced marriage to facilitate changes in their own communities.
The issue of forced marriage is topical with Leicestershire Police reporting investigations of 52 city-based incidents involving suspected forced marriage or honour based abuse over a 12 month period alone. Forced marriage often becomes confused with introduced marriages and both are often associated with particular religions. This project aimed to dispel several stereotypes and myths.
Project worker Rumena Choudhury said, “Faith and the issue of forced marriages are often linked and faith is used as a justification for a forced marriage. This project offers evidence that no religion justifies forced marriages. The project emphasises that forced marriage is an abuse of an individual’s human rights and helps participants understand these rights”.
Deputy Director of St Philip’s Centre, Riaz Ravat added, “Forced marriages are a stain on our society and we must all work to support current and indeed potential, future victims of this practice. Love, Honour & Obey hopes to educate and provide support to many vulnerable people and communities”.
The Centre was chosen for its excellent track record of promoting positive community relations through dialogue, religion and belief training, leadership programmes for young people and community engagement projects where they work with a range of communities including those of religion and others.
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