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Our Girl Winter Highlights January 2017
Our Girl is a national forced marriage prevention & awareness campaign. View the website
Campaign Highlights Winter 2016/17

A selection of Our Girl campaign highlights from across the UK and abroad showcasing the exciting work on the ground via committed and experienced partners, stakeholders and supporters.

The Sharan Project National Lead Partner

The Sharan Project ran three fully subscribed half day Our Girl events 'Partnership Approaches to Tackling Harmful Practices' that included over 250 police officers and professionals from the health, education, boarder agency, social care, voluntary sectors, lawyers and legal professionals. There were over 25 speakers presenting on ways to develop a more consistent approach specific to issues relating to the early identification of victims, on potential offenders and on how to protect vulnerable people by managing risk. This was a partnership with the MET Police, 7 Bedford Row and Dawson Cornwell delivered as part of the Our Girl UK Campaign. More events and training dates to follow for 2017. To find out more email info@ourgirl.co.uk. Please follow the campaign here.

IKWRO (Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation) London Partner 

IKWRO held the first ever National Schools Conference on Combating 'Honour Based Violence' with Youth For Change and Not in My Classroom as part of the Our Girl UK campaign. The aim for the day was summarised by the conference pledge; We will reach EVERY member of staff in EVERY school to ensure that EVERY young person is safeguarded from “honour” based violence, forced marriage and FGM. The conference, held at Winchmore School in Enfield was attended by over 100 professionals including teachers, school safeguarding police officers and NGO’s as well as 30 young people. The event was covered with live Interviews on London Live TV. IKWRO also launched their new Our Girl poster for school staff rooms which sets out do’s and don’ts. You can download the poster via http://ikwro.org.uk/our-girl/ Another great achievement for Our Girl saw four Our Girl workshops to 200 year 11 students at Hendon School. The students were really engaged in the issues and asked lots of great questions. For more information visit IKWRO's Our Girl campaigns page here.

Luton All Women's Centre (LAWC) East Partner 

LAWC have been delivering PHSE sessions to year 9 students at Icknield High School on Forced Marriage featuring the Our Girl film and tool kit of activities. Students have engaged with the information positively with some young people sharing their own experiences including people they may know who have experienced forced marriage or honour based abuse within their community. During December LAWC was invited to deliver workshops for all year 9s and 10 students, the first time they have been invited to Challney High School for Boys to deliver workshops on forced marriage and honour based abuse.'The most interesting part of the workshop was looking at the case studies and watching the video.' (student age 14 Challney High School for Boys) Alongside this there have been trainings for professionals about the work being done in schools and the importance of this work in the prevention of forced marriage. For more information visit LAWC's Our Girl campaigns page here.

Peer Productions South East Partner

Peer Productions delivered an Our Girl workshop day at Thamesmead School in Surbiton in December to 20 year 9 students alongside 7 peer educators. Young people learned about honour based violence, forced marriage and domestic abuse and watched the Our Girl film. Students were engaged and shocked- 'I just couldn’t believe that any parents would put their traditions before their own child,’ and 'How can falling in love be a crime?' Inspired by the Our Girl film the young people worked together to create original drama using a blend of image theatre, physical theatre, script work and improvisation to develop new material that would later be presented in an assembly of 200 students with the Our Girl film. “Our students were really moved by the Our Girl workshop and I could not believe how focused their work became', said Head of Drama Karen Hall. The school will also be receiving an INSET training session for teachers from joint Our Girl partner True Honour. For more information visit Peer Productions Our Girl campaigns page here.

True Honour as part of the South East Our Girl partnership

True Honour have been using the Our Girl materials in their awareness raising work in the community. They spoke to the Punjabi community in Southall, about domestic violence, honour based violence and forced marriage and screened the Our Girl film with translation provided in Punjabi. 100 people attended this event with extremely positive feedback and support for the work. Find out more

West Midlands Specialist Domestic Abuse Consortium partners

The consortium (Birmingham & Solihull Women's Aid, Coventry Haven, Sandwell Women's Aid and The Haven, Wolverhampton) continues to distribute, screen and deliver workshops for their Our Girl campaign across the region including at universities, colleges, local businesses such as hairdressers and beauty salons, schools both primary and secondary, multiagency trainings, refugee centres and to health professionals. The consortium will be delivering a conference in February 2017 'Forced Marriage: Learning from Survivors Voices'  that will also showcase the work of Our Girl. Follow the campaign here.

The Wish Centre (Blackburn & Darwen District Without Abuse) North West Partners

Our Girl is being disseminated across a range of prevention methods including at schools, teacher training workshops and importantly through a programme of peer educators from various sixth form colleges doing BTEC Health & Social care courses where 80 students have already received Our Girl training. There have been screenings in two secondary schools during PHSE sessions and a workshop for young people aged 18-24 with additional needs and their support staff. There has also been multi agency training for the police, children services, adult services, foster carers, housing organisations, women’s centres, health and education staff. Follow the campaign here.

Our Girl Global Highlights

Mandy Sanghera, the Sharan Project and Our Girl ambassador, continues to take Our Girl across the globe to leading international events and is mentoring new Our Girl ambassador in Pakistan, Farwa Akhlaq, who organised the International Student Social Responsibility Conference that included 100 schools and universities with over 500 people in attendance where Our Girl was screened. Throughout 2017 Farwa will be taking Our Girl across Pakistan into schools & universities .
For more information about Our Girl Global please watch for updates on the Our Girl website at www.ourgirl.co.uk or follow us on Twitter at @ourgirluk
Our Girl is a short animated film highlighting the devastating impact that forced marriage causes. The film aims to get communities talking and acting towards ending forced marriage in the UK. Our Girl is disseminated by specialist organisations in their work with communities, young people and professionals, as well as raising awareness that forcing someone to marry against their will is a breach of basic human rights. If you would like to get involved with Our Girl please do get in touch at info@ourgirl.co.uk
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