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Fighting unacceptable behaviour

Mar 23,2017 - Last updated at Mar 23,2017

Tackling forced marriage and honour violence is the greatest human rights cause of our time and a global struggle that must be tackled by every nation and society.

Our actions must make it clear that every life matters.

As a society, we fundamentally reject slavery, violence, abhorrent abuse and human trafficking.

Forced marriage is all of these. It is a human rights violation that deprives girls of their rights and entraps them in slavery.

It is everybody’s right to be educated, to define the course of one’s own life and to choose who to marry.

There is no excuse in calling it culture, there is no reason to ignore it, there is no place for a cynical attitude on the part of those who think that it is not their problem.

Forced marriage is fundamentally slavery.

Cynical attitudes and inaction vis-à-vis this problem are the biggest barriers to addressing it. 

Inaction only further empowers those who carry out forced marriage and so-called honour crimes.

The biggest hurdle to tackle is the idea that forced marriage is cultural. Society needs to realise the true extent of what is at stake. Those pushed into forced marriages could be future doctors, leaders, teachers.

Concepts like forced marriage, shame and honour have to be seen for what they all really are: slavery and abuse of human rights.

We should all voice rejection of these abuses.

Change cannot be effected by lone individuals; every society is responsible for ending forced marriages and protecting potential victims.

Alexander A. Jones,
UK

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It is also about political will. We don't have the leaders willing to stand up and say "enough is enough"!

THANKS ALEX AND I WISH MORE PEOPLE CAN JOIN US IN CONDEMING EVIL AND UNCIVILIZED BARBARIC ACTS. SLAVERY WAS ONCE A CULTURAL NORMS BUT NO MORE. WOMEN ARE NO ONE'S PROPERTY AND THIS ASSUMPTIONS AND ACTS OF INHUMANITY HAS TO STOP. THE IDEA THAT WOMEN AND THEIR BOBY, ACTIONS, LIFE STYLE, AND SO ONLY SHOULD BE CONTROLLED BY THEIR MEN SLAVE OWNERS HAS NO PLACE ON EARTH. FROM THOSE WHO MAKE THE LAWS THAT SHACKLES WOMEN TO THOSE WHO SENTENCE THEM TO LIFE IN JAIL WITHOUT PAROL THROUGH DEPRIVATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, CIVIL RIGHTS, POLITICAL PARTICIPATIONS, RAPE AND / OR FORCED MARRIAGES AND DEPRIVATIONS, IT IS TIME TO UPDATE THE FRONTAL LOBES OF THEIR PUBLIC POLICY APPARATUS. THESE ARE NEVER A FUNCTION OF CULTURE BUT SLAVERY AND MAN'S INHUMANITY TO MAN. AGAIN, THANKS TO ALEX FOR GOING COTRARY TO TABOO MENTALITY.

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