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Tell u s abou t you r self an d you r jou r n ey as a h u m an r igh t s advocat e? I am an award-winning philanthropist, community consultant and global campaigner. I am also an international human rights activist & I?ve been a motivational Tedx speaker. I travel all over the world empowering & motivating others especially young people. It all started 29 years ago. I started out as an advocate supporting victims of domestic violence with a focus on supporting Asian women. I had a friend with a disability who was abused by her husband. I couldn?t understand why she was made to marry someone she didn?t love. I was told that her family knew best, and it was at that moment that I took it upon myself to stand up for the most vulnerable in society. Wh at ar e som e of t h e issu es t h at ar e r eally close t o you r h ear t ? Please elabor at e. I have been very passionate about supporting the most vulnerable especially those with disabilities as no one was supporting the cause in the 90?s.I am one of founders of the UK forced marriage unit. I was one of first campaigners who specialises in honour abuse of disabled people I?ve raised awareness of forced marriage, witchcraft, and other harmful practices. I?ve raised awareness of capacity and consent.We need better support & provision for disabled women they are often twice as likely to suffer from abuse as they maybe dependent on their abuser to support them You speak abou t a w ide ar r ay of issu es lin k ed t o gen der -based violen ce, bein g an em in en t advocat e - can you t ell u s t h e im por t an ce of advocacy an d h ow cr it ical is it in t oday ?s day an d age? It?s so important as we need to empower the next generation. We have a duty to lift

them of the sticky floor. We need to continue raising awareness of GBV and its impact on society. I have never shied away from speaking out and for me it?s always been about protection and political correctness.Safeguarding is everyone?s business for me and doing nothing isn?t an option. This year we have seen the rise of Me Too Time Up movements. Sadly, people continue to abuse their positions of trust and power. Wh at is Van i an d w h at is you r opin ion r egar din g t h is issu e? Last year I raised awareness of Vani and according to Wikipedia: ?Vani or Swara is a cultural custom largely found in parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan where young girls are forcibly married of as part of a punishment or crime committed by their male relatives.? It is yet another form of arranged child marriage enforced and propagated by council

I have been very passionate about supporting the most vulnerable especially those with disabilities as no one was supporting the cause in the 90?s.I am one of founders of the UK forced marriage unit.

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Violence Against Women Issue  

Ananke presents a special edition marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - Nov 25th, 2018.

Violence Against Women Issue  

Ananke presents a special edition marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - Nov 25th, 2018.

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