BFWG SUPPORTS #FREEDOM2CHOOSE CAMPAIGN ON CRIMINALISATION OF FORCED MARRIAGE
BFWG supports the Government and Freedom Charity's #Freedom2Choose campaign as the criminalisation of forced marriage comes into force on the 16th June. As many of you will already know, Aneeta Prem is our keynote speaker at our London Association launch on the 21st July which is on the eve of DFID's Girl Summit, which Aneeta is part of. The following is Freedom Charity's social media release which we urge members to follow.
Every day three British people seek help in relation to forced marriage. Many more suffer in silence.
But on June 16th this will stop. Forced Marriage will be a crime in England and Wales. This legal change will mean we will all have the #Freedom2Choose.
But do you know what this means?
The Home Secretary, Theresa May; Freedom Charity's Aneeta Prem; the Government's Forced Marriage Unit; Commander Mak Chishty, National Police lead on Forced Marriage and other leading legal and justice experts have joined together to release a short film to explain how important this landmark change is to everyone's lives.
We would like you to join us now in our twitter campaign as we start to build momentum as we head towards the 16th June when the law comes into force and when we will release this film.
So how can you be involved?
- Follow our twitter account @freedomcharity
- Tweet with hashtag #Freedom2Choose
- Take a photo of yourself with a handwritten #Freedom2Choose sign and share it on your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram accounts
- RT our daily quotes and photos in the lead up to the criminalisation of forced marriage on the 16th June
BFWG Scholarships 2014
To applicants for BFWG Scholarships
We regret the shortlisting meeting has been delayed.
We shall be in touch with applicants once decisions have been made.
Friendship tour of Rwanda
BFWG Research Presentations Day 2014
We're delighted to say our highlights video of this year's RPD is ready to view:
On May 17th, we were taken on a mind enhancing journey from Nanotoxicology to a novel method to detect misfiled alpha-synuclein in Parkinson's disease at our HQ . It was particularly hard to choose this year's winner as all presentations had tremendous merit - but we can only have one winner and we chose Joanna Niziolomski from Cranfield University. Joanna aspires to make a significant contribution to the understanding of our natural environment and to ensuring its future sustainability. Her presentation was entitled: "Keeping soil in the field: runoff and erosion management from UK row crops."
Our thanks to Elizabeth Poskitt who did a sterling job organising it; Ellie Cosgrave, NCW SpeakOut winner and co-founder of Sciencegrrl for presenting our highlights video, and to Southwick Media for filming it. Of course our biggest thanks go to the women who came to present their research and to our panel of judges.
We encourage our members to watch and to share the video with their friends.
The next RPD in Liverpool is due in the autumn.
BFWG speaks out on Nigerian Kidnap
"The British Federation of Women Graduates is gravely concerned at the kidnap of the young Nigerian women by a group totally opposed to education for girls and women.
A further worry is the expressed attitude that females are a commodity to be bought and sold.
The delay and apparent confusion in rescuing them is deplorable.
We urge the United Nations, HM Government and the Welsh Assembly to do all in their power to:
- prioritise and expedite their safe release,
- to bring the perpetrators to justice
- and to expunge this group from civilised society.
Jenny Morley: President of BFWG"
Aneeta Prem’s Statement on the Nigerian school girls – 8th May, 2104.
Aneeta Prem is the founder of Freedom Charity and keynote speaker at launch of the BFWG's London Association
I have been watching with horror as the news has been unfolding of the kidnap of over two hundred girls from their school in Nigeria. It is chilling how their abductors, “Boko Haram”, clearly believe that these girls have no human rights – no right to an education, no right to choose their own path in life, no right to choose who and when they marry.
THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN AND BFWG CALL FOR THE IMMEDIATE RETURN OF NIGERIAN SCHOOLGIRLS TO THEIR HOMES
Geneva, Switzerland, 7 May 2014—The International Federation of University Women (IFUW) and BFWG call for the immediate release and safe return of the over 200 school girls between 12 and 17 years old abducted from their school hostel in Chibok Borno State in Nigeria and threatened by their captors with being sold into slavery as punishment for seeking an education. IFUW and BFWG demand that the Nigerian government urgently take steps to ensure that the girls are returned to their families unharmed and can continue their education in a safe environment.
Safe access to secondary education is indispensable to the development of communities and countries. Girls should not be faced with such brutal acts of violence and under no circumstances treated as objects for political or sectarian purposes. Abduction of children is a crime and illegal under international law.
Nigeria ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) without reservations in 1985 and is bound to incorporate its provisions in domestic legislation. It is therefore incumbent on the Nigerian government to fulfil all obligations under international and national law and, by exercising oversight and enforcement, to ensure that such acts of violence may not be repeated.
“It is a real tragedy that these girls are being subjected to such violence. We fully support the families involved,” says Catherine A. Bell, President of IFUW. “Girls must be assured of a safe haven in education, as educating girls beyond primary school is the best way to lead a family, community and society into further development.”
The International Federation of University Women (IFUW) is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and has an international membership. Founded in 1919, IFUW is the leading girls’ and women’s global organisation run by and for women, advocating for women’s rights, equality and empowerment through access to quality education and training up to the highest levels.
IFUW is in special consultative status with ECOSOC and is an NGO maintaining official relations with UNESCO. Follow IFUW on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter (@IFUWomen)