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New short film calls on government to make schools “honour” based violence, forced marriage & female genital mutilation safe

This week, as we celebrate both World Teachers Day (Monday, 5th October) and International Day of the Girl Child (Sunday, 11th October), the Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), launches a short film calling on the government to make every school “honour” based violence, forced marriage & female genital mutilation (FGM) safe.

The short film, which is part of IKWRO’s #RightToKnow campaign, captures young people preparing and performing flash mobs and asking members of the public to tweet Nicky Morgan, the Secretary of State for Education and have their picture taken in support of the campaign.

The short film, which is being sent to Nicky Morgan MP with a letter from the young people and IKWRO, sets out the three demands of the #RightToKnow campaign, which if undertaken, will help ensure that every school is “honour” based violence, forced marriage & female genital mutilation (FGM) safe:

  • All schools must embed the prevention of “honour” based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation into their safeguarding procedures, which must be monitored by Ofsted.
  • All school staff must be trained to understand and spot the signs of “honour” based violence, forced marriage and FGM and to know what to do if any student could be at risk.
  • Every student must be educated that they have the right not to face “honour” based violence, forced marriage or FGM and that support is available for them and for anyone who they are concerned may be at risk.

Watch the film:

Also available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwBKIx1P_263NTlsUy1HVzNPY3M/view?usp=sharing

You can help support the #RightToKnow campaign by sharing the film on social media and by email with your friends, family and networks and by tweeting Nicky Morgan MP:

@NickyMorgan01 make every school #FGM, #ForcedMarriage 
& #honourbasedviolence safe. #RightToKnow

Together we can end “honour” based violence, forced marriage and FGM.


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