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elders or jirgas and is even tied to blood feuds among tribesmen and clans. While the tradition was outlawed in Pakistan in the year 2004-2005, forced marriages and murders under the Vani custom are still being reported widely.I spoke about how such practices still happen even in UK and USA. Not a new concept even in the West, it has seen many occurrences in European and American communities especially among gang members. ?In recent years we have seen women drawn into gang life in London through their relationship with a gang member. Women many a times experience violence and abuse because of their relationship. Though there is no research showing exactly how widespread the problem is, rape is being used by street gangs in neighbourhoods across Britain. Female victims are caught up in a brutal dynamic that observers say reflects what happens during conflict but has become so common that it is normalised. Female are used to settle feuds and debts and more than often woman never come forward because of honour and shame. It turns out that, like violence, gang membership is as much a public health problem as a criminal justice problem. Some people believe that the gangs have become a permanent feature of the urban landscape around the world. You ?ve su ppor t ed m an y vict im s of violen ce; h ow do you do t h at ...? Wh at k in d of su ppor t does a vict im / su r vivor n eed? I work in victim centre approach. It?s important I signpost to appropriate services. Empower victims Educate communities Challenging traditions

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I have always been about the cause and not applause. I?ve never used victim to raise my profile in the media. In the last 29 years I?ve spoken about the issue and not myself that?s been the secret of my longevity. I?ve been a target of hate campaigns and I have even had threats but your never take things personal. Wh at h as been a def in in g m om en t in you r lif e as a Hu m an Righ t s advocat e? There have been so many things, but I would say this year has been phenomenal as I?ve travelled the world doing talks. I have been invited back to the House of Representatives.Whilst all the highs, there have been a few lows and difficult days. I have been supporting victims of sexual misconduct within the UN. It has been a very long wait for justice. For me it was always about supporting victims & standing with the whistle-blowers.We always have a choice to do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. After months of being gaslighted, harassed and having my character defamed by RK friends, his colleagues and supporters who were always trying to discredit my professional and personal reputations. They even

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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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