My Lords, three issues greatly concern me, which I have spoken about in the United Kingdom and during my visits abroad: FGM, forced marriages, and honour abuse. Can my noble friend say whether schools in certain areas will be able adequately to discuss these issues and whether teachers have appropriate knowledge and sufficient training to do so? Furthermore, what support is available centrally to assist them?
Category: Forced Marriage
Lord Sheikh was asked to host an event to launch “Consent Matters” – a report written by the JAN Trust to work towards effective prevention of forced marriages within the Pakistan community in the United Kingdom.
In his speech, Lord Sheikh spoke about the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 which was one of the first speeches he made in the House of Lords. He also mentioned that we need to be careful about what we implement as making forced marriage a criminal offence may push it deeper underground.
He also commended the JAN Trust for the work they carry out to try and prevent forced marriage across the world.